The Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, including the book that Mystery Scene magazine called “atmospheric and tension-filled.” More
Before Hurricane Sandy ravaged the shores of New Jersey . . .
The beaches of New Jersey have always been known for warm sand, lively boardwalks, and the promise of carefree summer days. This season the small scenic town of Ocean Point, New Jersey, is not nearly as carefree as tourists would hope. The discovery of the body of a young woman is the first in a string of seemingly random and senseless murders, murders connected only by a warning from the same boardwalk fortune-teller.
It’s a crisis that puts local detective Mitch Burns on edge, and his job in jeopardy. It’s up to him to solve the crimes and protect the livelihood of the town, a livelihood that relies almost entirely on tourists. With the help of newly hired local reporter Elise Jenkins, the two step out to discover who the killer is, before another body is found.
It was supposed to be a romantic winter getaway complete with snow, sleigh rides, and nights spent by a roaring fire. New Jersey police detective Mitch Burns and newspaper reporter Elise Jenkins are trading one tourist town for another by heading to a remote Michigan island to relax and enjoy.
Unfortunately a killer has other plans. When a body is found under two feet of snow, stabbed, Jenkins and Burns once again need to put their sleuthing skills to the test. As a blizzard descends, the island is completely cut off from the outside world and terror mounts while a serial killer plays a frightening game of cat-and-mouse with the island as his playground.
Thirty-five years ago, seven-year-old Hannah Daltry hid under a desk, the only witness to a horrible bank robbery. Still haunted by that day, Hannah uses her passion for writing to teach others, and to try to banish the demons of her past.
Local reporter Elise Jenkins is a student in Hannah’s class. Eager to stretch her writing wings, she’s excited about the assignment Hannah gives and amazed at the teacher’s ability to bring the horrifying scene of a girl watching a bank robbery to life. But inspiration turns to shock when Hannah is found dead in her classroom. Is her only mistake being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did the past finally catch up with her? Whatever the answer, Elise Jenkins and police detective Mitch Burns are determined to find out.
The Jenkins & Burns Mysteries were originally published by Hilliard & Harris under the titles "Jury of One," "Forecast of Evil," and "Marked by Fate."
About the Author:
Laura Bradford is the author of "Hearse and Buggy," the first book in the Amish Mystery series published with Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin. She’s also an award-winning romance author for Harlequin American. Her third romance, "Miracle Baby," was named RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner for Best Harlequin American of 2010. "Kayla’s Daddy"—her first romance—was nominated for the same award and has gone on to be translated in both Spain and Germany. Her next romance, "Storybook Dad," was released in October 2012. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura lives in New York with her family.