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Penny MaGrath, an overly protected, painfully shy young woman, is suddenly torn from her sheltered home and family in Florida when her Aunt Les insists on taking her to Australia. Penny is greeted by family she never knew existed. Why were they kept secret all these years?
Unless Devin MaGrath, only heir to the MaGrath lands and sheep herd, and his uncles can figure out whatâ€™s killing the sheep, there may be no herd or land to inherit. Devin welcomes the arrival of his Aunt Les to help until heâ€™s expected to play guide for his cousin Penny. He resents being left out of the investigation of the sheep deaths because of this unwanted guest. Resentment turns to concern for her safety when an egotistical madman turns to murder to accomplish his greedy ambition. Will Devinâ€™s protective feelings lead to love?
Devin knew it would take the rest of the day to reach camp. He tried not to think about what he might find, but thought instead of the last couple of days he spent with Penny. If anyone told him a month ago that he would be in love with someone, he would have called them crazy. The truth was he was head over heels in love with her. The last few days they went horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, and walking. Each day revealed a little more of the beautiful person she was. He also began to open up to her, feeling comfortable in sharing these private parts of his life. He found her to be a gentle, caring, and charmingly innocent individual.
He was also surprised at how easily Penny adapted to the rather primitive lifestyle here in the outback. Devin felt that coming from the United States and a much more modern way of life, that she might prefer a more lively form of entertainment. He even asked several times if she might want to go to a movie, out to dinner, and even dancing, but she assured him that she was quite content in the activities they were currently enjoying. This information served to endear her to him even more as he would be uncomfortable in the least, in fulfilling his offer. He had to admit that he was relieved and happy when she declined. They continued to share their personal histories with one another, and he learned how important Aunt Les was to her.
He noticed dusk was fast-approaching, so he turned on his headlights. The air had turned cooler and held a crisp, clean scent. Devin packed his revolver when he left and it was laying next to him on the seat. He was very much aware of the perils he might encounter and this knowledge now kept all his senses on the surrounding environment. The land rolled by, and Devinâ€™s thoughts ticked away as fast as the mileage on the odometer.
He and Ben discovered Frank, his uncleâ€™s handyman, in the clearing behind the house yesterday morning. He died, as far as they could surmise, from a broken neck. The two men agreed to keep this information to themselves so as not to alarm the women. Ben thought they should call the police, but Devin persuaded him to wait until Ned returned. Now he wasnâ€™t sure if that was the right thing to do. I guess it depends on what I find ahead, he told himself. He knew the importance of secrecy where the testing was concerned. I did what I had to given the current circumstances, he reassured himself. Anyway, Iâ€™ll know soon enough if I made the right decision.
He was about an hour away from the camp when his headlights picked up something pretty large lying in the middle of the road. Slowing down, he reached for his revolver with his left hand. As he drew closer, he saw that the form was a dead sheep. He drove around the sheep and continued on his way, knowing he was not far now from his destination. The corpse in the road, however, reminded him once again the reason for his trip out here. Consciously clearing his mind of all other thoughts--mainly Penny--he concentrated on the road ahead.
All he could see now was the ground immediately in front of the jeep, illuminated by the twin beams of light. Every now and then he caught a glimpse of a wombat. These nocturnal animals were prevalent to this area so close to the river. As a child, he enjoyed watching them playing in the mud, but now was not the time for reminiscing.
He was beginning to think that maybe the camp had moved when his headlights picked up the outline of one of the tents. Strange, he thought, no campfire or lanterns were lit. The entire camp was in total darkness. Quickly, he doused his lights and cut the engine. Silently opening the door, he grabbed the revolver and slipped out of the jeep. Crouching low, Devin dashed into the darkness surrounding the camp. After going several feet, he stopped and listened. Nothing, there was only the sound of the flowing river very close to him now.
Susan R. Sweet currently spends her time at home with her husband and pets, which include, a horse named Goober, a Rottweiler named Flossy, Chihuahua Taco, and eleven outside cats. She loves to fish, read, play the slots and of course write.
DEADLY AGENT kept me riveted with its suspense and plot twists. Nice surprise ending with a little romance, too." --Cheryl Norman, author, FULL MOON HONEYMOON, STORMS OF THE HEART, http://www.wings-press.com
Set in the rugged outback of Australia, A Deadly Agent is a tale of love, courage, and intrigue. Devastated by the loss of both parents, young Penny MaGrath, in the company of her aunt, travels to Australia to meet relatives she hadnâ€™t known existed. Upon arriving, her first encounter is with the handsome, rugged Devin. Penny tries to quell the attraction she feels for Devin, but it is soon apparent to the reader that Penny and Devin are meant for each other. A mysterious virus, and several unexplained deaths lead the young couple on a search for answers.
Ms. Sweet has written an intriguing story that will keep you guessing right up to the last chapter. Her characters are likable, and their stories interesting. The book was a quick read and I stayed up late to finish it. --Anita Lourcey Tooke, Author, Out Of Her Dreams, http://www.wings-press.com,
In Deadly Agent we travel with the heroine, Penny, from a log cabin deep in the Florida woods to an outback property in Australia. Invited by relatives she had no previous knowledge of, Penny finds herself caught up in a frightening course of events--and also finds an enduring love. If you enjoy a story packed with suspense, mystery and intrigue you'll love this one. Lovers of romance won't be disappointed either. And be prepared for a surprise twist at the end--I didn't see it coming." --Tricia McGill author, Amaryllis and Designing Heart, http://www.wings-press.com
"A Deadly Agent is a wonderful book of suspense, and the pain and pleasure of first love. Sue Sweet has created characters that will stay with you long after you finish the book. This is one you'll want to read again." --Barbara Woodward, author, The Heart Remembers, Follow Your Heart, Wings ePress, Inc., http://www.wings-press.com
"Susan R. Sweet's ADRIFT is an enjoyable read. With its well-drawn characters and plot twists, ADRIFT again showcases Ms. Sweet's command of the mystery genre. Just like A DEADLY AGENT, this book is a keeper."
~Cheryl Norman, EPPIE winning author of LAST RESORT, Wings ePress, Inc.
Susan R Sweet has set us on the end of our seats with this griping mystery. We find ourselves cheering for the heroine and falling in love with the hero. Just when you think you've figure this mystery out she throws in a twist. This is an exciting story that keeps you wanting to turn the pages until the end.. A must read for mystery lovers. Reviewer: Wings Author - Judy Leigh Peters - author of 'A FATHER'S HOPE'
When Nichelle Drake is found adrift in a small boat in the Gulf of Mexico, Doug Manning knows he is in for trouble. The problem only escalates when he learns of mob and political ties to the baffling case. For Nichelle the biggest concern is her lack of memory of anything other than her name. With any link to the past erased from her mind, she can be no help to Doug in his desperate race to find out who wants her dead.
Sue Sweet weaves a complicated plot with more twists than a meandering Louisiana river. In an ending that leaves you terrified to turn the next page and yet wanting to read more, Ms. Sweet brings her characters to a surprising and satisfying closing.
For anyone with a love for mystery, romance and intrigue, this is a definite two thumbs up as a great read. For those like me, who usually donâ€™t like suspense, give it a try. Youâ€™ll be hooked after the first two pages. Reviewed by--Wings Author, Sherry Derr-Wille-Becky's Rebel, August 2003 and Summerâ€™s Child--by Whiskey Creek Press--June 2003, Beckyâ€™s Rebel--Wings--August 2003
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 258
Paper Weight (lb): 9.6
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