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?

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Published: Jan. 09, 2013
Words: 40,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301700806
About Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold had a love for writing back in her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said, "tell me a story". Since then, Carolyn has written 9 novels, 2 short stories, 1 novella, and has plans for many more.

Her Madison Knight series has become an international best-seller. Set in the fictional city of Stiles, the series is designed as a standalone, which means you can read these books out of order and still pick up on the series' characters and the storyline. The series follows Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight who is fueled by determination to find justice for the victims. She is a strong, independent female amidst a career dominated by men. If you love a female protagonist lead, she invites you to meet Madison for yourself. Three novels in the series are currently available: Ties that Bind, Justified, and Sacrifice. Watch the author website for updates.

Carolyn has also written Eleven, an FBI thriller, which follows a team of four while they try to stop a serial killer from reaching his eleventh victim. Eleven was noted as a recommended read on The Examiner's "Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011". She is also pleased to announce that the characters of Eleven will be back! Watch the author website for updates.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She currently lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near the well-known Canadian center Toronto.

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Review by: Zach Fortier on May 16, 2013 : star star star star star
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 : star star star star star
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 : star star star star star
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 : star star star star star
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 : star star star star star
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 : star star star
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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