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While beautiful and wealthy Lindsey Vidrine pushes for answers in the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Sam, David and Benjamin are only too eager to fill her loneliness. She fears for her life when an investigation implicates each of them as a suspect. Will Lindsey lose her heart to the one who truly loves her… or fall victim to the killer’s maniacal plan?
Daybreak, April 7, 2000
River Road, South of LSU
The dark-colored car veered off the narrow, asphalt road running parallel to the river and stopped a few feet in front of a chain-locked gate. Beyond its rusted bars, an overgrown driveway snaked through a grove of pecan trees and disappeared into the fog. The driver lowered the window and listened. Nothing. Only a foghorn and the distant rattle of a diesel engine broke the silence.
Musty odors and sounds from the river mingled with the mist and rolled down the grassy slope that formed the levee. As the dampness drifted through the opened window, the driver breathed in the mixture. Like a magical potion, the intoxicating air heightened his anticipation. He would do his job well.
Once again the foghorn blasted a warning. Though the river lay hidden by the levee, the man pictured the muddy Mississippi churning against its earthen captor, searching for a breach, one undermining fissure that would set it free.
His intended victim might look for a way to escape, but like the river, he wouldn’t find it.
Resting his head against the seat, the man closed his eyes and whispered, “This is the only way, Lindsey. You’ll forget him in time.”
The rising sun cleared the silhouetted branches of the trees and pierced the foliage with silver fingers. He glanced at his watch. Now.
Popping a lever beneath the dash, he climbed out and raised the hood. Through the thinning fog, he caught sight of his quarry, a lone jogger less than a quarter of a mile down River Road.
“Right on time.” He walked around the car and opened the trunk.
With his back to the runner, he pulled a syringe from his shirt pocket and tossed the protective cap onto a plastic tarp inside the trunk. Poised to strike, he tensed when the runner drew near.
“Having trouble? Can I--”
With one swift move, the driver turned and plunged the needle into Michael Vidrine’s neck.
May l, 2003
“Up the reward another fifty thousand,” Lindsey Vidrine said, cradling the phone against her shoulder and scribbling a line of circles across a note pad. “My husband had no reason to walk away. Why can’t I convince you?”
“I’m sorry, Lindsey, but Michael’s disappearance just doesn’t add up. With no evidence of foul play and no demand for a ransom, all we have is a missing person.”
Lindsey listened for the hundredth time to Lieutenant Barnes’s explanation, a finding she refused to accept. She twisted strands of her hair around and around a finger, a nervous habit she enjoyed since childhood. Shaking her head in denial, she fired back when the detective paused.
“Michael loved me. He--” The intercom buzzed. “Just a minute.” She placed the detective on hold and answered the page.
“What is it, Judy?” she snapped at the receptionist.
“Randy wants to see you in his office.”
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to be sharp with you. Tell him I’ll be there shortly.”
Staring at the blinking light, she wondered if she would ever discover what happened to Michael. After three years, the odds of finding any leads grew slimmer. She pushed the button. “You still there?”
“I know you’re doing your best, but how can someone vanish without a trace? There must be something the police overlooked.”
“Possibly, but we combed the area thoroughly and found nothing. No fresh tire tracks. No footprints on the levee or riverbank. No grass trampled down.”
“Just for me, will you give it another try?”
“Tell you what. A new guy came onboard yesterday. Maybe a fresh set of eyes and ears can turn up something.”
“Thanks. I’ll be in touch.”
Lindsey hung up the phone and leaned back in the chair. Like so many times before, she relived her last moments with Michael.
“Sleep in, my princess,” he had whispered then tucked the blanket around her shoulders and kissed her cheek. “I’ll fix us some coffee when I get back.”
Sylvia lives in the heart of Cajun country on beautiful Bayou Corne. Surrounded by a cypress swamp, she has only to step out her back door to enter a world of mystery and majesty.
A native of Louisiana and graduate of L.S.U., she lives life with gusto. From camp counselor, to working with NASA, to a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, she has explored the world, drinking in the sights and sounds of diverse cultures.
Sylvia is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Chapter. In addition to writing, she is also a full-time artist. Landscapes in oil are her specialty.
She hopes you will visit often. Feel free to contact her.
The Sweet Smell Of Death: Everyone is suspect. Lives change forever. Laney becomes a target. Ms. Rochester weaves this work with extraordinary skill. She takes you on a ride through the Louisiana bayous, meeting characters and seeing places you won't soon forget on a quest to save Laney's life. Will Laney forgive Trent when she discovers the truth about him? Or will she blame him for her father's death? The Sweet Smell Of Death is a must read. I look forward to Sylvia Rochester's next Novel. -- Jacqueline McGuyer, Blood Secrets
Sylvia Rochester's The Sweet Smell Of Death is a page turner. She keeps the reader guessing who done it and every time that you think you've figured it out, she adds another twist. If you enjoy a good mystery this is the book for you. She makes her characters come to life within the pages of her books and you fall in love with them just like you would if they were real people. -- Four Beacons, Kathryn, www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com
When Evil Loves: This page turner keeps you on the edge of your seat worrying about Lindsey and wondering what's going to happen next. Rochester is a masterful writer of suspense and When Evil Loves is proof of that. I'm already looking forward to her next book -- Elaine Grant ~ Make-Believe Mom RITA FINALIST Harlequin Superromance Sept 2007
When Evil Loves: With the release of thriller WHEN EVIL LOVES, Sylvia Rochester proves what a wonderful Southern writer she is. Fast paced and descriptive, the story takes the reader on journey around the Baton Rouge area and the costal marshes of Louisiana. -- A great read! Eleanor Cocreham, WingsPress Best Sellers ---CHOICE MAKERS---RISK TAKERS
Shadow Of The Soul: Another touching story from Sylvia Rochester--this time a paranormal set in 1870 in the Cascades. When the boy in a set of twins is born terribly disfigured, and near death, the frantic father makes a drastic decision which will forever affect his family. As the boy, Matthew, grows up in the isolated wilderness world of a trapper and his wife, watched over by the protective she-wolf who rescued him from death as an infant, his sister Rachel grows up with their parents in nearby Lizard Creek. Yet there is the invisible bond of twins between them, sometimes glimpsed as an eerie shadow that weaves through both their lives. Even as the two siblings are drawn together, there are those who want the dark secrets of the past hidden and the twins permanently separated. Only the shadow of their souls can overcome the evil that threatens them and reunite a haunted family. You won’t be able to put this book down! --Elaine Grant, Rita Finalist, Harlequin Superromance Sept 2007
Shadow Of The Soul: Few writers dare to make their heroes less than perfect but Sylvia Rochester reveals a new dimension to her writing skills when she breaks the rules in Shadow of the Soul. Sylvia offers the reader a poignant story of a young man’s trials in dealing with a severe disfigurement. Reared by a mountain man, befriended by a she-wolf, and guided by a phantom spirit, Matthew Calder’s search for acceptance tweaks the heart strings when he discovers a twin sibling, a mother’s love, and a father’s deception. A truly wonderful story--one well deserving of five stars. --Eleanor Cocreham, WingsPress Best Sellers, Choice Makers, Risk Takers
Courage To Care is a heartwarming book that takes the heroine, a brave young doctor who longs to practice in a time when women are not welcome in the field, on a journey of discovery from the her birthplace in the Old West to the treacherous streets of 1800's New Orleans and back home again. Courage to Care follows this young woman from first love to maturity in a wonderful book that will keep you reading far into the night. -- Elaine Grant - AN IDEAL FATHER Harlequin Superromance --October 2008
MAKE-BELIEVE MOM RITA FINALIST Harlequin Superromance
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 314
Paper Weight (lb): 13.0
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