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An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense

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Beyond The Page
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Agatha Award–winning and national bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber returns with a dark new novel of suspense . . .

 

An adoring fan and a string of murders: a demented show of love that leaves no one safe . . .

 

Local celebrity news anchor Gloria Morning is used to receiving declarations of love and praise in her weekly fan letters, but when a Lake Tahoe doctor is murdered and she gets an anonymous note telling her it was done for her glory, her appreciation turns to panic. Unsure of where else to turn, she enlists the help of novice private investigator Aspen Adams. No sooner does Aspen begin digging into who sent the macabre note than another murder occurs, followed by another note, and she soon realizes she’s up against a ruthless and deranged killer.

 

Working with scant clues and a puzzling array of potential suspects, Aspen is determined to unearth the elusive connection between the victims and her client. But as the body count grows and the murderer remains a mystery to both her and the police, Aspen discovers she’s gotten closer to the killer than she ever imagined, and now she must risk everything she holds dear to stop the killings, including her own life . . .

 

Praise for the Suspense Novels of Daryl Wood Gerber:


“This was a fast-paced action-packed drama that immediately grabbed my attention, quickly becoming a page-turner as I could not put this book down.” —Dru’s Book Musings on Desolate Shores


 

“This completely entertaining thriller—with taut suspense, a timely plot, devastating secrets, and a touch of romance—will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Fans of Meg Gardiner and Melinda Leigh will devour this!”  —Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan 

 

“Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” —Escape with Dollycas

 

Desolate Shores is an intriguing romantic suspense with a deceased friend, a dangerous killer, shady suspects, a captivating cop, and killer clues . . .”  —The Avid Reader Blog

 

Desolate Shores is an absolutely amazing start to a new suspense series! This book has everything I look for in a reading experience . . .” —ChewieTellsAll blog

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About the author

Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!


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Publisher
Beyond The Page
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Published on
Nov 12, 2019
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Pages
280
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ISBN
9781950461288
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Daryl Wood Gerber, the national bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, returns with a novel of gripping suspense . . .

 

A chilling murder, an elusive killer, and a family mystery that hits too close to home . . .

 

After finding the body of her best friend on the icy shores of Lake Tahoe, Aspen Adams refuses to stand by and watch as the local sheriff’s department begins their search for the killer. Launching her own investigation, she’s soon confronted with a growing array of secrets—both about the friend she thought she knew and about many of the people in her own life. As fragmentary clues and escalating dangers threaten to derail her, she must also cope with the disturbing behavior of her deadbeat sister and troubled teenage niece.

 

Determined to overcome her personal demons over past failures, Aspen is driven to unravel the conflicting evidence and a shifting range of suspects to bring the killer to justice, even as a family trauma unfolds that threatens to upend her life. And as her investigation inexorably leads her to a shocking discovery and taunts her with a solution that is just out of reach, Aspen realizes that the killer wants nothing more than to see her and her niece dead . . .

 

“This was a fast-paced action-packed drama that immediately grabbed my attention, quickly becoming a page-turner as I could not put this book down.” —Dru’s Book Musings


 

Praise for the Suspense Novels of Daryl Wood Gerber:

 

“The frantic plot will keep readers on edge.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“The novel’s plot is thick and the prose is more than rich enough to sustain it. Its shifting perspectives will give readers an even greater sense of excitement as the many pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Readers will be shocked by this exciting, fast-paced thriller’s twists and turns.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” —Escape with Dollycas

 

“This completely entertaining thriller—with taut suspense, a timely plot, devastating secrets, and a touch of romance—will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Fans of Meg Gardiner and Melinda Leigh will devour this!”  —Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan 

 

“This is an edge-of-your-seat, can’t-put-it-down thriller. If you like Dan Brown’s thrillers you will want to read this!” —Goodreads

 

“An action-packed, suspense-filled, riveting book. I was glued to this story, could not put it down.” —Goodreads

‘Oh my goodness – what a fantastic book!! I read this book in two sittings and loved it… A fantastic, twisty story that really hooked me in.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

My husband kisses me gently on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge, climbs over the railing and jumps...

 

Two years after the death of her husband, Robert, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start. Money is tight and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Still grieving her loss, Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close?

 

Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?

 

Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…

 

The closer she gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too?

 

If you couldn’t put down The Girl on the Train or The Couple Next Door, then you will absolutely love this gripping and twisty new psychological thriller.

 

What readers are saying about Three Secrets:

 

‘One of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a long time. From page one it was gripping… left me totally shocked and dumb-founded.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘An excellent psychological thriller… full of twists and turns kept me rapidly turning pages to see what happened next. The ending is explosive and I never in the world saw it coming.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Absolutely LOVED… the best-of-the-best of psychological thriller authors!... a very fast paced read… twists like a rollercoaster out of control!... the climax was crazy awesome! If you enjoy a plot twist that jumps out at you... yep, this is the book for you.’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession

 

‘Definitely a page-turner, edge-of-your-seat type of thriller that is a must to add to your book collection! I definitely recommend this book, you won't be disappointed!’ Books on the Bookshelf

 

‘I could not get enough!... I did not stop reading until I finished the story and my laundry mountain is still growing. Read this book. Seriously. Read it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I just couldn't put it down… And that's definitely the best thing I can say about any book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Loved, loved, loved this book!... Took me on so many turns, found my mouth dropping with a few of the twists… A page-turner! I would definitely recommend’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘An astonishing 5/5 stars from me… YOU MUST READ!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 


‘Addictive! A twisty page-turner that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.’ Roz Watkins

‘Rose. Rose. Pick up, please. I know who killed her. I know who killed my real mum. I’ve worked it out.’

When Rose’s flighty stepsister Willow disappears to Cornwall, she can’t help but roll her eyes. Willow is always taking off and there is always some kind of emergency.

But after Willow discovers that she was adopted and her birth mother died in tragic circumstances, her trip to the coast sparks a search into her past.

Two days later, when a package arrives at Rose’s house containing a series of four polaroids of four different men, Rose knows that Willow is in trouble. Each photograph a possible murder suspect, their family life begins to unravel, leaving one crucial question unanswered...

Who killed Willow’s mother and where is Willow now?

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Readers LOVE Traces of Her!

‘What a ride, more twists and turns than a Formula 1 race track’ A.M. Castle

‘A whirlwind of a read. Just brilliant!’ Diane Jeffrey

'Addictive and fast-paced. Amanda Brittany is a name to keep your eye on. A brilliant thriller' Phoebe Morgan

‘An emotional thriller with a broad cast of characters who come alive on the pages of this addictive mystery.’ Naomi Joy

‘Gripped me from start to finish... Definitely did not see the twist at the end coming!’ NetGalley reviewer

‘This was an amazing page turner. So many twists and turns and I was completely surprised by the ending.’ Netgalley reviewer

‘A real page turner. This book had me hooked.’ Netgalley reviewer

Daryl Wood Gerber, the national bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, returns with a novel of gripping suspense . . .

 

A chilling murder, an elusive killer, and a family mystery that hits too close to home . . .

 

After finding the body of her best friend on the icy shores of Lake Tahoe, Aspen Adams refuses to stand by and watch as the local sheriff’s department begins their search for the killer. Launching her own investigation, she’s soon confronted with a growing array of secrets—both about the friend she thought she knew and about many of the people in her own life. As fragmentary clues and escalating dangers threaten to derail her, she must also cope with the disturbing behavior of her deadbeat sister and troubled teenage niece.

 

Determined to overcome her personal demons over past failures, Aspen is driven to unravel the conflicting evidence and a shifting range of suspects to bring the killer to justice, even as a family trauma unfolds that threatens to upend her life. And as her investigation inexorably leads her to a shocking discovery and taunts her with a solution that is just out of reach, Aspen realizes that the killer wants nothing more than to see her and her niece dead . . .

 

“This was a fast-paced action-packed drama that immediately grabbed my attention, quickly becoming a page-turner as I could not put this book down.” —Dru’s Book Musings


 

Praise for the Suspense Novels of Daryl Wood Gerber:

 

“The frantic plot will keep readers on edge.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“The novel’s plot is thick and the prose is more than rich enough to sustain it. Its shifting perspectives will give readers an even greater sense of excitement as the many pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Readers will be shocked by this exciting, fast-paced thriller’s twists and turns.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” —Escape with Dollycas

 

“This completely entertaining thriller—with taut suspense, a timely plot, devastating secrets, and a touch of romance—will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Fans of Meg Gardiner and Melinda Leigh will devour this!”  —Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan 

 

“This is an edge-of-your-seat, can’t-put-it-down thriller. If you like Dan Brown’s thrillers you will want to read this!” —Goodreads

 

“An action-packed, suspense-filled, riveting book. I was glued to this story, could not put it down.” —Goodreads

The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .

 

The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.

 

Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .

 

Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!

 

Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries:

 

“There’s a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber’s Final Sentenceis a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Timesbestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries and Library Lovers Mysteries

 

“In Final Sentence, the author smartly blends crime, recipes, and an array of cookbooks that all should covet in a witty, well-plotted whodunit.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Timesbestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

“Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber’s perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series . . .” —Library Journal

 

“So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read.  Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.”  —Carstairs Considers Blog 

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