Killing SecretsMurder Gets Personal

My name is Nan Vining and I’m the senior investigator in the Homicide/Assault Section of the Pasadena, California Police Department. My most important job, though, is being a mom to my sixteen-year-old daughter, Emily, who I’ve been raising since she was two when her dad divorced me after running off with his slinky hairdresser. Emily is my pride and joy—bright, beautiful, and sweet—but lately she’s been showing a disturbing rebellious streak. I try to shelter my girl from the grittier aspects of my police work, not always successfully, and I worry that I’m not doing the best job as a mom. This evening, my two worlds collided when I got word that Em had made a gruesome discovery.

I was in class—I’m working on my bachelor’s degree at night—when my boss called me with the news. At twilight in a secluded section of a Pasadena park, Emily and her friend, Ashton, had stumbled upon a crime scene. Beneath a canopy of trees, they had found the bloody bodies of a pretty and popular young teacher from their high school and a bright yet troubled transfer student.

I arrived at the crime scene and comforted Emily who was very upset—the dead woman was her favorite teacher. I also met Ashton, a cocky seventeen-year-old, who I found out is Em’s boyfriend. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Ashton. Em’s never kept secrets like this from me before. What else I don’t know about my daughter?

The situation became increasingly strange. The Pasadena PD brass moved the investigation along at lightning speed. Before the evidence was even processed, the case was closed as a clear-cut murder-suicide: a disturbed teenager murdered his teacher and then took his own life. I don’t buy it. Fortunately, an influential Pasadena PD commander doesn’t either and he’s enlisted me to investigate, reporting only to him. Now, I’m chasing dangerous, powerful people with secrets they would kill for—and taking them down means not only risking my life but also putting Emily, my own flesh and blood, in grave danger.


Find out what happens in Killing Secrets, the 5th Nan Vining mystery, published as an e-book original by Alibi/Random House.

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Meet the author
A Los Angeles native, Dianne Emley lives in the Central California wine country with her husband. Dianne is a Los Angeles Times bestselling author who has received critical acclaim for her Detective Nan Vining thrillers and Iris Thorne mysteries. Her standalone paranormal mystery, The Night Visitor, was published in September 2014 by Alibi/Random House. Her books have been translated into six languages and published in over 15 countries. She’s a pretty good cook, an amateur oenophile, but persists in being a terrible golfer. About Dianne’s books, Tess Gerritsen says: “Emley masterfully twists, turns, and shocks.”

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