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When Gwen returns to Hillside Cottage on Mt. Tampalasis in California to create a murder mystery game for Lawrence Van Hise's seventieth birthday, she finds herself trying to solve a twenty year old mystery, then the night of the party, Lawrence is found dead, and it appears someone is trying to frame Gwen.
Gwen curled her legs under her, just as she had done as a child. The mahogany window seat shone with fresh polish and the scent of lemon oil lingered, bringing back memories of her mother. A line from her last novel, Fallen through the Crack, kept playing through her mind, something her fictional detective Adam Long had said to his partner. “Fate? There is no such thing as fate. It’s always our own choice. Sometimes we don’t like the choices we make; sometimes we don’t want to believe they are our choices, but we made them.”
What choices had led her to the Van Hise mansion on Mt. Tamalpais? To this room with its polished mahogany, overstuffed chairs, genuine Tiffany lamps and a curious mixture of Art Nouveau and ancient Chinese art?
Adam Long didn’t believe in fate, only in choices, but Gwen wasn’t sure. Was it fate that led Lawrence Van Hise to offer her ten thousand dollars to create a murder game party for his seventieth birthday? Possibly--but it had been her choice to return to Hillside Cottage, where her mother once worked as a housekeeper.
Gwen shivered slightly. The cold of the January night, which would cover everything with a coat of white frost before morning, crept into the window seat and under her peach mohair sweater, making the touch of her satin shirt icy. Maybe she had been wrong to let her curiosity get the better of her.
The mantle clock chimed the half hour. A man entered the living room and Gwen pulled back into the deep shadow of the window seat. He deposited his briefcase on a chair and headed across the spacious room to the fireplace, where he stood warming himself.
Gwen recognized him instantly. Hunter Van Hise, Lawrence’s only son. She had been ten when they moved to the mansion; he had made her life miserable, as only a thirteen-year-old boy could. When she was thirteen and he sixteen, with his first car, he had been her romantic dream, her first crush.
She sat very still, hoping not to attract his attention, wanting time to study him. The handsome boy had matured into a very handsome man. An actor might envy his dark, almost brooding face. He pulled off his overcoat, tossed it over the sofa and stood rubbing his hands in front of the fire. His dark gray wool suit was perfectly tailored, emphasizing a slender build; his full dark blond hair had obviously been styled in an expensive salon.
His pleasure at the fire’s warmth was enticing, but Gwen didn’t move. Then he turned and saw her. He took a step toward her and stopped, studying her as she had done him.
Her heart fluttered in her breast. Would he recognize her? Would he remember the little girl who cast such moon-eyes at him? What would he think of her? She had no illusions. She wasn’t a beauty. No, most people saw her as practical. That didn’t mean she wasn’t attractive, because she was, but in a down-to-earth way. Still, she knew peach was one of her colors, complimenting her dark brown hair and fair skin. Her oversize sweater, with its matching satin shirt and pants, made her look chic. The big gold earrings and gold bangles on her wrists completed the look
“You must be Gwen Wilson, the woman my father hired for his crazy scheme.” His tone cut right through her reverie.
Suddenly Gwen was ten again, in this very room, and Hunter was telling her that this was his house and if he ever caught her playing in here he would see that her mother was fired. Gwen felt her chin tremble--then she caught herself. She wasn’t ten anymore, and Hunter couldn’t bully her.
“I don’t think it’s such a crazy idea.”
Anger rose inside her. “I think your father has the right to choose. It is, after all, his birthday.”
“Of course, and what my father wants, he always gets.” Gwen couldn’t miss the bitterness in Hunter’s voice.
Linda Suzane is pursing her lifelong dream to be a full time writer. Her passions include vampires, murder, and mystery. Her first book was published originally as an eBook. The Murder Game is a romantic mystery about a murder mystery game designer whose mystery game goes murderously wrong. In September 2008, The Murder Game was reprinted by Wings ePress, Inc. and is now available in both print and eBook. Like her heroine, Linda enjoys designing mystery games to entertain her friends. You can find her games at the Internet’s largest supplier of downloadable games. When not writing about murder and mystery, she is writing about vampires. The first in the Darkhour Vampire series, Captivity, is available from Wings ePress, Inc..
Sometimes she combines her interest in murder, mystery, and vampires as she did in her novel the Eyes of Truth, a fantasy mystery which includes two different breeds of vampire the Wo-nur and the Dolzi, pitting mythical Wo-nur against the stark reality of the Dolzi, exploring how legends and superstition can terrify, but reality can destroy.
Linda lives in a small rural town in the foothills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley with her husband of over 40 years. They share their home with their son-in-law, daughter, and two grandchildren, somehow making a multi-generational family work. One thing Linda has learned is that a set of good earphones and loud music are essential ingredients to being able to write in a noisy and lively household.
“Not a vampire devotee, I had no preconceived notions when I began reading Captivity by Linda Suzane....An unequivocal thumbs-up!” --Christine Janssen, author of Dark Legacy
“I'm awaiting the next book in what promises to be an entertaining new series...” --Kate Hill, author of the God of Grim.
Linda Suzane pulls off this vampires' tale with finesse and flair. She has an uncanny way in Captivity of combining two plot lines into one incredible story. If vampirish stories are right up your alley, then you won't want to miss this one! --Patricia A. Rasey, author of Deadly Obsession and the Hour Before Dawn
A fast-moving "good vampire vs. evil vampire" adventure, with the two sides fighting over a kidnapped teenage boy, CAPTIVITY has rich characterization as well as sustained suspense...--Margaret L. Carter, author of Dark Changeling (www.hardshell.com ), winner of the 2000 Eppie Award for Horror
“The Murder Game will find a home with those who enjoy a good mystery flavored with just the right amount of romance, deceit and suspense. Highly recommended.” --Molly Martin, Reviewer and author
“THE MURDER GAME is fast paced with numerous twists and turns, throwing in a little romance along the way. This was definitely a fun read.” --Lorie Ham, Author Out of Tune
EYES OF TRUTH:“This is one of the rare books that sticks in your mind days and even months after you read it. A must read at all cost.” ~~ Ken Mason for Scribes World Reviews.
EYES OF TRUTH is a remarkable fantasy with a unique setting and memorable characters. It breaks every cliche of both fantasy and vampire novels without hesitation, and the result is sheer brilliance.”‑‑Elaine Corvidae, award‑winning author of WINTER'S ORPHANS and WOLFKIN
EYES OF TRUTH:“... a well‑wrought and overall satisfying detective novel in a world of a lot less technology and a little more magic than our own." ~~ Cathy Krusberg, The Mad Bibliographer, for The Vampire's Crypt 25 (Spring 2002).
EYES OF TRUTH: “Suzane's attention to detail has crafted a tangible world with characters and lore that makes "The Eyes of Truth" much more than mere fiction, but more like ancient mythology.” ~~ Nicole Givens Kurtz, eBook Reviews Weekly, author of A COMPLETE WOMAN
EYES OF TRUTH: “This is a great story, well crafted and a bit more unusual than most fantasy books I've read. There are no goblins and trolls here, but different entities just as interesting, if not more so. The world comes alive and the characters are well drawn, jumping right out of the page. You care what happens to them and I for one would like to read more adventures set in the world of Naj.”~~ Annette Gisby, author of Silent Screams
EYES OF TRUTH: Writer Linda Suzane has again produced a work of monumental facility. The mythical world Suzane has created in "Eyes of Truth" is filled with a broad spectrum of characters, localities, morés and situations. All are designed to carry the reader along on a wild ride of excitement. ... presented with dynamic dialogue, powerful action and potent predicaments.”~~ Molly Martin
EYES OF TRUTH: “I couldn’t put this book down and cannot say enough good things about it. ... The alien theme is as rich as Asian cultures are supposed to be, exotic, daring and a little frightening at times. Dar cannot be lied to, but the killer may very well be another Insu‑ha that can mask his lies so cunningly as to confuse the Eyes of Truth, and when Dar arrives in Dak‑moon the killings don’t stop, they accelerate... and the bodies are drained of blood...” ~~ Bob Yosco, Shadowkeepzine.com Issue 57 March 2002,
"Eyes of Truth is a well written enjoyable tale that flows easily and keeps the tension right to the very end. It is good to read a story that is not set in the usual pseudo‑medieval world that is favored by so many other authors.” ~~ Lesley Mazey for The Eternal Night
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 270
Paper Weight (lb): 11.4
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