by Ann Swann
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
They call him the Killer Cartographer because he carves the map coordinates of each victim on the femur of the one before. Then he tattoos the information on his skin. Can Detective Kendra Dean bring him in, or will she become his next tattoo?
Kendra glanced out the window. “I’m not expecting anyone.” And then she recognized her old Mercury rolling up the drive.
“That’s Detective James, isn’t it?” Carrie asked. They were all familiar with each other. He’d been her mom’s partner for several years. On more than one occasion, the kids had been delighted to deliver food and drink to the office when the two detectives found themselves pulling all-nighters.
“So it is,” Kendra replied. She swept off her apron and headed out to greet him as he stepped from the car.
“Happy Thanksgiving.” His deep voice was jolly as he shut the car door. “I see the kids all made it.”
Kendra nodded. Hearing him call her offspring “the kids,” made her smile. He was only fifteen years older than Keith. “Did I forget that I invited you?” She didn’t believe in mincing words.
Woody grinned and shook his head. “Nah, your mental faculties are intact.” He hitched at his belt, looked at the ground. “I just came to tell you that the preliminary findings of the investigation are in.” He looked at her, and then tapped the corner of her new bifocals. “Nice,” he said. “About time you started acting your age.”
Kendra felt her knees softening. She plopped down on the porch step. The cool fall breeze played in her hair, tickling her neck and the tops of her ears. She wanted to acknowledge his acknowledgment of her new specs, but right at this moment, she couldn’t think. “It’s bad news, huh?”
He hesitated. “Don’t get ahead of me. I just didn’t want you to hear it from someone else.”
Kendra felt her world shrink to a pinpoint. “Are they saying it was my fault? That it was a bad collar?”
Woody nodded then sat down beside her and looped an arm around her shoulders.
“Dammit. I don’t want to cry.” She pulled off her metal-rimmed glasses and took the handkerchief he offered. “You know how I hate crying.”
He squeezed her gently. “It’s only preliminary. I think his seemingly spotless record is what’s causing them consternation. Well, that and his wife giving him an alibi.”
She sniffled and blew her nose loudly.
“I feel as though we’re being watched,” he said. “I’m resisting the urge to turn around.”
Kendra nodded. “It’s the girls. No doubt they’re plastered to the window. They think we’re having an affair, probably.”
Woody whispered, “Might as well, then. We could start tonight after the kids are all tucked in.”
She snorted and wiped her eyes. “You’re incorrigible. But since you came all this way, are you hungry? We’re just about to put dinner on the table.”
He stood and held out his hand. “I thought you’d never ask.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ann Swann was born in the small West Texas town of Lamesa. She grew up much like Stevie-girl in The Phantom Pilot series, though she never got up the nerve to enter the haunted house. Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to teaching elementary school. She lives in Texas with her husband, Dude, one rescue dog, two rescue cats, and a part-time box turtle named Piggy. When she’s not writing, Ann is reading. Her to-be-read list has grown so large it has taken on a life of its own. She calls it Herman.
Book Links and Public Contact Information:
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/cfakkue
Books by Ann Swann
2011 Stevie-girl and The Phantom Pilot – Cool Well Press
2012 Stevie-girl and The Phantom Student – Cool Well Press
2013 Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge – Createspace
2012 All For Love – 5 Prince Publishing
2013 Stutter Creek (Book One) – 5 Prince Publishing
2015 Lilac Lane (Book Two) – 5 Prince Publishing
2016 Copper Lake (Book Three) – 5 Prince Publishing
2016 Takers: Apocalypse in Eden – coming soon
“Bamboozled” Alfred Hitchcock Magazine
“Aftermath” Binnacle Magazine
“The Gap” and “In Search of Water” The Rusty Nail (previously published in The Sandstorm)
“Soul Gardener” Timeless: Cool Well Press, Anthology
“The Fee” A World of Terror: Grey Mouse Publishing, (formerly titled The Warning)
“SleepAway Pounds” Seasonal, Sweet, and Suspenseful, Anthology
Ann will be awarding a character named after the winner in her next
book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.