Pearls of Deception (A Short Story and Excerpts)

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Main feature: Pearls of Deception (A Short Story), 2700 words

When Christina finds out her husband of twelve years is cheating on her, she takes justice into her own hands. The question is: will she get away with it?

Bonus: Read excerpts of 9 other works from Carolyn Arnold.
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Price: Free! USD
Words: 40,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301700806
About Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold's love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said "tell me a story." Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

TIES THAT BIND, the first in her Madison Knight Series, was published in 2011 and it became a Kindle Best Seller, reaching the top 100 in Police Procedurals in the US and in the UK. Her writing has been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

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Looking for the overview and recommended reading order for Carolyn Arnold's series?

THE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES falls neatly into the police procedural genre with murder investigations and forensics. Think Law & Order meets CSI. There is some foul language and limited graphic violence.

Books (in order):
- Ties that Bind
- Justified
- Sacrifice
- Found Innocent
- Just Cause (Sep 2014)

- Life Sentence (Prequel)


THE BRANDON FISHER FBI SERIES toys the edge between the police procedural genre and thriller genre. Due to this, you will find foul language and graphic violence in this series.

Books (in order):
- Eleven
- Silent Graves
- The Defenseless (Nov 2014)


THE MCKINLEY MYSTERY SERIES ventures outside of the typical crime genre, lending itself to the cozy variety with no foul language or graphic violence. The series combines romance, mystery, humor, and adventure for a lighthearted, easy read.

Books (in order):
- The Day Job is Murder
- Vacation is Murder
- Money is Murder
- Politics is Murder
- Family is Murder (Jul 2014)
- Shopping is Murder (Oct 2014)
- Christmas is Murder (Nov 2014)

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Review by: Zach Fortier on May 16, 2013 :
I just finished Carolyn Arnold"s short story "Pearls of Deception". I have to say again, I love how she does her homework! I actually worked a couple of cases very similar to this. One was very similar to the scenario laid out by Arnold in this story. Another the roles were reversed, but the end results were the same. I wont give any spoilers here, but you should check out this short if you are wondering if you will like Arnold"s style and attention to detail for all things COP. There is a reason she is one of the best in this Genre. Take a look and see what I mean.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ann Swann on May 09, 2013 :
Sweet Revenge!
I love a good short story, and this one ranks with the best. From the very beginning, I was hooked on Christina's vengeful story. I could almost feel her pain and rage as she planned and plotted. I don't want to spoil anything, so just let me say that the ending was perfect! Job well done, Ms. Arnold. Can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joanna Doster on May 09, 2013 :
Review by Joanna Lee Doster
Just like the rare qualities of a pearl, Carolyn Arnold's short story, "Pearls of Deception" has many elements that make it unique, polished, and luminous. The author usually writes best-selling police procedurals and other thrillers, but has taken a different path this time, in writing about a woman's revenge against her cheating husband and his mistress. It is written in such a palpable way that you feel you are sharing the same excruciating pain and torment as the scorned wife. Arnold embraces the old school of mystery writing by telling her "woman scorned" story with exquisite detail and emotion. Her true talent shines through by her keen ability to encapsulate this riveting tale into a short story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Katie Jennings on May 09, 2013 :
What a great insight into the twisted, vengeful mind of a woman scorned! Carolyn Arnold has crafted a tidy, pristine little tale of revenge that showcases not only her supreme talent for storytelling, but also her sharp, poignant way of writing that makes it very easy to lose yourself in the story. I would recommend this short to anyone looking for a quick escape into the shattered heart of a spiteful woman, hell bent on retribution, only to find out she's gotten more than she bargained for. Fantastic!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carmen DeSousa on May 08, 2013 :
Hell hath no fury....

Remember to cover your tracks and who you're married to if you're gonna screw around. This is a perfect introduction to Ms. Arnold. Will I download one of her other novels after reading this short story? Absolutely! It's short, but it had a beginning, a middle, and an impeccable end. Carolyn got an, "I'll bet!" and several head nods from me while I read, which proves she sold me on the characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kari cook on Feb. 15, 2013 :
I agree that it was too short. I also did not understand why someone who is so smart to commit what they feel would be a perfect crime would make such a dumb mistake. It was OK and was a quick read.
(review of free book)

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