Dead by Midnight by Beverly Barton is the 7th book connected to the “Powell Detective Agency” romantic suspense series. Publisher: Zebra (Kensington), January 2010

In Murder…
The last sounds Dean Wilson hears are a clock striking twelve and a killer’s taunting words. And his death is just the first. One by one, victims are stalked and shot at close range. Only the killer knows their sins, and who will be the next to die at midnight.

And In Life…
In the ten years since her Hollywood career imploded, Lorie Hammonds has built a good life in her Alabama hometown. When the first death threat arrives, she assumes it’s a joke. Then she gets a second note. Sheriff Mike Birkett, her high-school sweetheart, has avoided Lorie since she returned to Dunmore, but when investigators uncover her connection to a string of recent murders, he’s drawn into a case that’s terrifyingly personal.

Timing Is Everything
With every murder, the killer edges closer. Soon Lorie’s will be the last name left on his list. Her only hope is to unearth a deadly secret—before the clock runs out for good.

This book clears up some of the loose ends in the previous book, Silent Killer and I enjoyed the ride. Someone is killing the people who were involved in a adult-themed movie 10 years ago. When Lorie gets the second threatening letter, she enlists help from Powell Agency and reluctantly, an old lover who wants nothing to do with her, or so he thinks. When her bodyguard is murdered and not her, the people involved suspects that there are two serial killers on the loose and now Lorie is guarded fiercely. Will she work things out with the old lover? Will the serial killers be captured? You’ll have to read this book to find out. My rating: 4.5 stars

*First book in the “DEAD BY” trilogy

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