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Skull Music
Billie A. Williams
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Revenge produces a serial killer; research produces a cover for terrorist activities. Reporter (CHARLIE WOLFE) unravels the webs of each while she battles her attraction to lawyer DAVID ASHBECK. Will she find the serial killer, stop the terrorists and reconcile her impression of lawyers with David before she loses her life or him?

How earth shattering could something be in a murder investigation? You expect the worst and you usually get it. What kind of animal murders, anyway. Especially as gruesome as the three we’ve seen so far. The public is screaming for action. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to these senseless murders. Not that every murder isn’t senseless, these I guess border on heinous.

Charlie pulled into the only available spot near the police department. Sam was a bit close to the edge, something was really wrong. When she called to find out how the investigation was going from his end, he almost came unglued. She was glad they were friends and he would give her current information.

Sam was out of his office talking to a couple detectives at their desks when Charlie entered the precinct. The clutter of desks and hum of the room reminded her of the newsrooms of several small town newspapers where she had worked. Desks that looked like hand-me-downs, papers and files piled high like dust rags, old lamps and coffee cups and behind it all perched some tired faces typing reports, some comparing notes, none laughing or carrying on nonsense conversations or gossip. She caused a stir as she walked through the room. Reporter was synonymous with poison in a detective’s office atmosphere, she thought wanting to correct their opinion out loud as she walked through voices lowered to keep conversations private from the snooping press.

She caught Sam’s eye and he motioned her into his office.

"Hope it’s been awhile since you had breakfast," he said.

She sat in the only empty chair in the cluttered office across the desk from him. He pulled out a folder and sat down heavily as he handed it to her. "The X-ray we found in Henderson’s car? We knew it wasn’t a human skull, we were beginning to think it was alien. According to the FBI lab, it’s a dolphin brain."

"A dolphin? What was Henderson doing with an X-ray of a dolphin brain?"

"We were able to track where it came from with the FBI’s help. The doctor, witch doctor I’d say, but not in public company, is a firm believer in organ transplants, from pig hearts to dolphin brains. This guy is a regular Frankenstein."

"How does he tie in with Henderson? Was he after her body parts?"

"He says not. The good doctor says they were looking to transplant Henderson’s brain with a dolphin brain because of the brain tumor, she apparently was not long for this world."

"Oh my God. Did she agree?"

"I don’t know, but thinking of the consequences, you know dying in that kind of pain, she might have. We may never know the answer to that. From the skull music tape..."

"Wait, Skull music?"

"That’s what the lab calls that cassette tape we found in the tape player of her car."

"I never heard about that."

"There wasn’t much to hear. Sounded like a fan belt screeching or something, but the guys in the lab had heard it before. Now with a tag for the X-ray, it makes even more sense."

"How so?"

"Brain waves. For years scientists have been studying the electronic emissions from the brain. They also have been able to communicate with dolphins using this knowledge. The tape is the sound produced electronically from a brain."

"And the brain sounds like a squealing fan belt?"

"In this particular case, the lab said a terrorized brain."

"Okay, so let me see if I have the picture here. Professor Henderson has a brain tumor. Her brain’s reaction to this tumor is terror. So some lunatic offers to replace her terrorized brain with a dolphin brain."

"You pretty much scoped the big picture."

Award winning Mystery/Suspense author Billie A Williams is a fiction, non-fiction and poetry author and has won numerous contests for her short/flash fiction stories, essays, and poetry. She is published in various magazines such as the literary magazine Thema; Guide, a Magazine for Children, Novel Advice.com, Writing Etc. WritingNow.com, and Women In The Arts newsletter as well as Sister’s in Crime, to list but a few.

Her articles, columns and features have appeared regularly in newspapers. Short stories, Flash fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Mystery Time, True Love Magazine and various anthologies and on line e-zines and web sites. She writes a bi-monthly column titled “Whodunit?” for Mystery Fiction’s Voices in the Dark and is a contributing editor for Writingnow.com a Blueberry Press Newsletter. She also hosts her own writer’s group, Word Mage. She is an active blogger; http://printedwords.blogspot.com and http://onewomansgarden.blogspot.com , as well as owning and operating a Book Club for serialized chapters of her Novel The Capricorn Goat~~January Flannel available for free to those who sign up for her mailing list http://www.billiewilliams.com/BOOKCLUB.html and a Free Writer’s course at Pens In Motion http://www.pensinmotion.com , a five week series of writing lessons pulled from her three published books on writing how to write and two currently being developed.

Williams is currently a member of The Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (WRWA) National Association of Women Writers (NAWW) Sister’s in Crime, Women in the Arts Program, Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC). Her website www.billiewilliams.com

She lives with her husband in Amberg, a small Northern Wisconsin community where the winters are cold and long, but the people are warm and friendly.

Billie A. Williams has breathed life into a believable set of characters you'll love or love to hate. The story is packed with enthralling plot twists that keep the reader glued to the page as the dark dynamics of relationships and crime unfold. Death by Candlelight holds rare delights in store for the murder mystery lover., --Susan J. Letham, http://www.Inspired2Write.com

What is innocence? What is guilt? And who is really to blame for the death of Randolph Ord III?

A domineering mother, a spoiled son, and a woman who dreams of a husband, a child, and a home. The characters in Death by Candlelight are familiar, and that's what lends them their appeal. You may sympathize with them. You may despise them. But Ms. Williams brings them to life so vividly they won't leave you cold.

The gripping murder investigation in Death by Candlelight takes the 'whodunnit and how?' a step further and explores the shades of gray that make up the 'why?' Billie Williams has studied her craft and knows how to keep a reader turning pages. The plot is substantial and full of clever surprises.

The smoothly-paced story unfolds to reveal, little by little, a dramatic tale of twisted family relationships, crime, love, envy and death: the perfect mix for a murder mystery. -- Susan J. Letham, http://www.Inspired2Write.com

Death by Candlelight portrays the unbending force upon humans to repeat generational cycles of abusers and victims. Cycles that love, faith or hope can rarely supersede. Yet, with the unraveling of a murder, we are still left with a glimmer of hope. , -- Shelly Moloney, Author Star Slurry

DEATH BY CANDLELIGHT is a fast-paced read filled with a diverse cast of characters who each have their own motives for murder. Just when you think you've hit the calm after the storm, Williams' story takes the reader in a new and more intriguing direction. -- Shirley Kawa-Jump, THE VIRGIN’S PROPOSAL, Silhouette Romance, January 2003, Writing classes: shirleyjump-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Death By Candlelight,, The story? TERRIFIC. I could hardly wait to finish it.. reminds me of Sydney Sheldon.... --Judy Bozicevich, Administrative Assistant, Edward Jones Company

Every time I thought I had Death by Candlelight figured out, Williams threw in a new twist that left me thinking, I DIDN'T see that coming! Death By Candlelight isn't so much a "Who-Done-It" as it is a character driven story filled with more twists than a Colorado mountain road. It's a quick read without any lulls in the action. Death by Candlelight is a fabulous first novel by Wisconsin writer, Billie Williams. Be sure to watch her career--I'm sure we'll hear from her again--at least I hope we do! -- Beth Erickson, http://filbertpublishing.com

Fire At Thunder Ridge: “Bloody footprints in the snow--the most puzzling fire I’ve ever heard about--once wasn’t enough for this book. I had to go back & read it a second time to admire Billie Williams’ inventiveness & vivid imagery all over again.” -- Fran Keighley, Golden Wings Award winning author.”

…I think the best word to describe Fire at Thunder Ridge is "thrilling." With action, suspense, and intrigue, Fire at Thunder Ridge is a mystery-suspense to keep the reader hooked until they finish the last page… Fire at Thunder Ridge is exciting and very suspenseful. I highly recommend it!, -- Beverley Bateman, babateman@shaw.ca, http://www.beverleybateman.com, It's only a step from caring to killing

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ISBN: 1590886186
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590886182
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 288
Paper Weight (lb): 12.1

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