On the muddy banks of Washington, D.C s CO Canal, a beautiful supermodel is murdered, unleashing a wave of terror that reaches to the highest levels of power Devastated by the death of her longtime lover, Connor Hawthorne, a best selling mystery novelist and former district attorney, is determined to bring her murderer to justice Yet when the mystery is solved aOn the muddy banks of Washington, D.C s CO Canal, a beautiful supermodel is murdered, unleashing a wave of terror that reaches to the highest levels of power Devastated by the death of her longtime lover, Connor Hawthorne, a best selling mystery novelist and former district attorney, is determined to bring her murderer to justice Yet when the mystery is solved almost too easily she vows to put the experience behind her and rebuild her life But someone is determined to make sure she doesn t While vacationing in the Southwest, Connor finds herself running for her life across the high desert, aided by a beautiful Navajo guide As the murderer draws closer, they must unravel the web of treachery, some of which lies in Connor s own past, to save their lives and prevent the discovery of a powerful secret someone is willing to kill for Expertly weaving diverse elements of political intrigue, mystery, and Native American folklore, Lauren Maddison has crafted a tense, riveting thriller while exploring ancient mysteries and secrets.
Deceptions On the muddy banks of Washington D C s CO Canal a beautiful supermodel is murdered unleashing a wave of terror that reaches to the highest levels of power Devastated by the death of her longtime lo
Pretty good story in the beginning, but from page one I hated the writing style. I've rarely come across a writer quite so fond of excessive adjectives, adverbs, hyperbole, and metaphors. Then what starts as your average mystery story rapidly devolves into a bunch of quasi-Native American, New Age-y hocus pocus mumbo jumbo. I just didn't think it fit with the tone of the rest of the book. So what started out as a passable (though over-written) mystery ended up eh. To add to it, the plot lines we [...]
I picked this book, and its sequel Witchfire, up while I was on holiday and was pleased to have done so, at least until I came to try and read this first book featuring novellist Connor Hawthorne.Set partly in Washington and partly in New Mexico, Deceptions begins with the murder of Connor's former lover, an Italian model. When Connor, who used to be a district attorney, starts to probe a little deeper into Elena's life, she discovers that her lover was unfaithful to her and that there's also a [...]
The author is way too busy moralizing to ever hope to develop a decent story. Her attempt to show her main character/herself to be absolutely free from any shred of bigotry ( she manages to cover homosexuals, Jews, Blacks, republicans, Native Americans and a few others, except Catholics- they remain on the no-fly list apparently.) makes the whole book childish. She did manage to squeeze in a murder or two along the way, but gosh I just cannot adequately describe how horrible this novel is.
Literate and spiritualA book written for the soul and the mind is a true gift from writer. Starting the next one before I sleep.
I hope that the other Connor Hawthorne mysteries are better than this one. In fact, I hope they are mysteries, because Deceptions is not. I’m not sure what it is, and I’m not sure that the author does either. It’s almost like the author moved to the Southwest and discovered Tony Hillerman after she had written the first 100 or so pages. Instead of the murder mystery it seemed to be at the beginning, it rambles on for another 300+plus pages replacing simple detecting with psychic visions an [...]
This mystery started off great, a woman's ex-girlfriend is murdered and she is devastated then pissed when it appears someone is after her.Her friend and father, who appears to be a government operative, are helping her to solve this mystery. But then in the middle of the book, it takes a turn into science fiction, mystical dialogue that had me wondering what the author was trying to do. Overall it is an okay read.
I have mixed thoughts about this book. It was a good mystery, and there were several things I never would have anticipated. However, it took me forever to read this book. It was slow reading, and the author's style of writing was almost formal. I am intriqued by the title and description of book #2, which is part of what kept me reading book #1.
Connor Hawthorne, author, former DA, gay, is main character.Her lover is murdered.Her father is big in government, friend is black cop.Mystery, suspense and fantasy.Nahavo mysticism is big secret.Weird.
This is a great mystery escapist book, one for rainy days and long nights. The only thing that I wish is that the author had written more of this series.
Didn't finish the book. The heroine was just a little too good to be true (money, brains, power, etc). I'd love a well written lesbo mystery, but this wasn't it.