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CAUSE OF DEATH

Detective Annie Avants Book 1

SERIAL KILLER – BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS – A RACE AGAINST TIME

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Annie Avants turned her back on her Southern roots and became a homicide detective in Kern County, California after working for several years in her hometown of Mena, Arkansas.

Her parents are unhappy with her.  Their dream for her was always to settle down in Mena with a good husband and give them lots of grandbabies.  That isn’t what Annie wants for her life.  She’s happiest when she’s working to unravel the criminal minds of serial killers and protect his or her crime victims by putting together the pieces of criminal evidence that will help her solve the latest murder mystery that confronts her.

Her partner, Tom Weston, suffered his own life tragedy when his wife was killed on live camera TV during a bank hostage situation gone awry.

Deputy District Attorney Jesse Greyeyes wants to be District Attorney, and he wants Annie, but his Native American roots make him both arrogant, defensive, and unsure of himself.  And Annie is afraid if she commits to a relationship, Jesse will want to run her life.

Laine DelMonte, Chief of Technical Investigations is great at analyzing criminal evidence and has been instrumental in helping Annie and Tom solve their cases.  But, this beautiful Texas native has a secret that she’s kept hidden and she is always looking over her shoulder.

In this dusty farm community, someone is abducting and killing young Hispanic females. The weapon of choice – black widow spiders.

The serial killer leaves no clues and very little trace evidence.  Annie, Tom, and their friends and colleagues are at a loss as to how to proceed and panic mounts in the streets of Bakersfield when a third girl goes missing.

Who will be next?

CAUSE OF DEATH is a spine-chilling detective thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the last minute – and makes you wonder about the “normal” people in YOUR daily life.

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DAMAGLE CONTROL

Detective Annie Avants Book 2

DECEPTION – POWER PLAYS – MURDER

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Detectives Annie Avants and Tom Weston tackle one of the most perplexing murder mysteries since they began working together.

The victim is a local, well-respected attorney who has gone missing.

There’s not much evidence to go on. His car was found an hour’s drive out of Bakersfield with blood on the passenger seat.

No body has been found.

His staff is in a quandary. He had a new trial scheduled to begin the next morning. Everything was set to go.

And then, he just disappeared.

A mysterious package left in the restroom of the Kern County Courthouse leads our detectives to believe that the attorney is dead.

And now. . . another person has gone missing!

Will our detectives find the answers before a media frenzy erupts in the Kern County/Bakersfield area? Will an FBI profiler be called in to help? Will they come to understand the kinds of criminal minds that lead someone to be a serial killer and narrow the list of suspects?

This fast-paced thriller will keep you reading well into the night to find out ‘who dun it?’

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SOUTHERN SECRETS

Detective Annie Avants Book 3

SECRET SOCIETY – STOLEN TREASURE – MURDER

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Annie’s cousin lives in Mena, Arkansas and has come into possession of three journals written by one of his ancestors who was involved with members of the Knights of the Golden Circle. The journals spell out the locations of some of the biggest caches of ‘rebel gold’ hidden by the KGC to fund a second Civil War.

Zack had recently read the book, “The Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man’s Quests to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy” by Bob Brewer and Warren Getler. He was surprised to find that several of his ancestors were featured in the book.

Zachary Isom Avants is a history buff and professor at a local college who is aware that throughout Arkansas there exists the ruins of many abandoned cabins and homesteads left behind by his ancestors. He is also an avid genealogist. For years, he has been tracking down these abandoned homesteads, looking for artifacts and information on the lives of his long-dead relatives.

Deep in the Ouachita forests, he comes across a derelict shack that hasn’t been touched for almost 100 years. It’s covered with vines and falling down and he almost misses seeing it.

He sets up camp next to the shack and begins clearing away the vines. It’s a small cabin, but he finds signs that it had been occupied by a couple and 2-3 kids. It’s not the typical sentinel outpost shack of the Knights of the Golden Circle, which is probably why no one bothered with it.

When he can safely climb down into the basement, he finds an indentation in the far wall of the root cellar. He carefully digs and finds a cast iron skillet, with a lid that was sealed with pitch, hidden inside the small opening.

Excited, he takes the skillet to his makeshift table outside and unseals the lid. Inside, wrapped in many layers of oil cloth, he finds three books – journals – kept by someone familiar with the KGC during the Civil War. The only signature is ‘Avants’.

Unbeknownst to Zack, the leadership of the modern KGC is aware that these books still exist, but have never been able to find them. When he begins making discrete inquiries in town, the KGC suspects that he has found the long-lost journals. They are determined to recover them. Why? They don’t know what caches the journals expose, and they don’t want treasure seekers finding the hidden treasures.

Throughout the years, the American government has also been interested in the KGC and the millions of dollars they stole and hid. FBI Special Agent Jason Smith overhears someone talking about the journals and alerts his superiors. They, too, are determined to possess the journals and recover as much of the stolen loot as possible.

Zack finally realizes the significance of his find and mails the journals to his cousin, Annie, in California. He knows he is being followed and that he, and his family, are in danger.

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GREEN WITCH, DEAD WITCH

Det. Annie Avants Book 4

WITCHES IN BAKERSFIELD???

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Two women, one man, are dead. All three were solitary green witches who met from time-to-time to share rituals and festivals. Not a coven, just a group of like-minded individuals who preferred to practice their witchcraft alone.

The first two deaths appeared to be accidental, but the third death was an obvious murder. Each death occurred in a different area of Kern County – in different jurisdictions – which made it unlikely any connection would be made between the deaths.

The third body was found in an outlying area of Kern County, which put it in the jurisdiction of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. The detective team assigned to investigate this homicide consists of Lead Detective Annie Avants and her partner, Detective Tom Weston. As the initial investigation begins, they find nothing to make them suspect that this murder is connected to any other death in Kern County.

Clem Moonstone is a solitary green witch who owns a metaphysical shop in Bakersfield. She and Annie Avants have been friends for many years. When Annie and Tom attend the funeral of the victim whose death they are investigating, Annie is surprised to see Clem there. Clem explains to Annie that the young woman whose funeral they are attending is the third person in her circle of friends to die during the past few months.

Annie’s gut instinct tells her to look into the previous two deaths. Clem gives her the names of the other two people and the locations where their bodies were found. After Annie obtains the files and begins to research their deaths, she comes to the chilling conclusion that the first two deaths may not have been so “accidental” and that all three victims may have died at the hands of a serial killer.

It appears someone is killing the witches of Bakersfield.

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