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In The Spotlight …Writer Rebecca Dahlke’s New Romantic Mystery/Thriller … ‘A Dangerous Harbor’

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It was my pleasure to have been contacted by author R.P. (AKA Rebecca) Dahlke, firstly as a new ‘twitter’ follower, then subsequently by an email introduction and request for me to read and review her latest romantic mystery/suspense …

‘A DANGEROUS HARBOR’.

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SYNOPSIS

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‘Bleary-eyed and sleep deprived after a long overnighter into Mexico, solo sailor and SFPD police detective, Katrina Hunter, thinks the mermaid twenty yards behind her thirty-two foot Westsail is nothing more than a sailor’s hallucination But everything she knows about floaters convinces her to turn her boat around for another look.

Now, alone and isolated in the Mexican port’s police station for six hours she’s convinced that reporting the body of a floater to authorities was a mistake. Even the arrival of a handsome, if somewhat dour, Mexican/Italian investigator does nothing to dispel her growing anxiety that she’s about to be charged with the murder.

Chief Inspector, Raul Vignaroli, is as surprised by the attractive solo-sailor as he is to find that she’s a respected member of the San Francisco police force, and after some well-placed phone calls he’s sure that he’s found the perfect partner to help him solve a murder, if not the cure for his broken heart.

Released, she’s free to go. But leaving the police station hits a snag when two policemen march in, dragging a listless prisoner between them. But before Katy can dodge them for the exit, the prisoner raises his head and a startling pair of aquamarine eyes meet hers.

He straightens his back, wincing at the angle of his cuffed wrists. “What the… Whisper?”

Suddenly, the sound of the ceiling fan is terribly loud. Blood pounds in her ears, her mouth goes dry, her palms are damp and her feet are nailed to the floor. In a knee jerk reaction, she hisses, “Don’t call me that!”’

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It turns out that Rebecca Dahlke is already a well established and respected author in the romantic mystery/suspense genre, with two previous titles already on the shelves and some great reviews to boot.

Rebecca was raised on the family crop dusting ranch in California USA, although these days, she lives with her husband in Arizona USA.

She started writing way back in 1994, although a family tragedy curtailed her writing for many years after the publication of  ‘A Dead Red Cadillac’, until she felt able to pick up her pen again in 2010, when ‘A Dangerous Harbor’ was conceptualised and ‘A Dead Red Heart’ was finally completed.

Rebecca set up a chapter of  SINC (‘Sisters In Crime Inc’) in her home town, adding to the some 48 chapters which exist all over the world. SINC is an organisation of about 3600 members in 48 chapters world-wide and founded in 1986, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. It comprises authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries. The aims of the organisation are to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Rebecca is also an accomplished artist and is the President of the Board of Directors for the Huachuca Art Association in Sierra Vista, AZ. Clicking on the link above will take you directly to Rebecca’s page on the association’s site, where you can view some of her great paintings.

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‘A Dead Red Cadillac’

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‘Twice divorced NY model, Lalla Bains, now runs her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California where she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.’

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‘A Dead Red Heart’

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‘I like having a man at my feet. Tough guys who grovel are my favorite, though I’m not averse to a little toe kissing when appropriate. I leave the toe kissing for those uneven date nights when my sweety, Caleb Stone, is not on duty and I’m not neck deep in summer time work. None of which had anything to do with the man presently draped across my feet. Dead drunk, I figured, looking down at the patriotic red, white and blue ribbons binding the gray ponytail at his neck. Military sniper, and now homeless poet, he was also my own personal nuisance, and Sheriff Caleb Stone had warned him to persist in this behavior would be ill-advised and considered harassment–his words, not mine. Caleb’s belief that a Marine should always be able pull himself out of the fire didn’t take into consideration the concept that Billy’s alcohol, doctored Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, was not conducive to any such persuasion.’

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This romantic mystery/suspense book, was gifted as an author request for me to read and leave my comments about and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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7 comments
    • Hi Cath,

      The cover really does ‘do what it says on the tin’ and is a good representation of the storyline.

      I am almost finished reading the book, so watch this space for my thoughts about it … although my reviews do tend to have a habit of slipping back somewhat these days … thank goodness for patient authors and publishers!

      I hope that the ‘op’ went well yesterday and that you all manage to have an enjoyable Christmas.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      It is an excellent read and well suited to my mood right now …

      It is certainly not an in depth police procedural, neither is there any intensive investigation techniques, or ‘blood and guts’ …

      ‘A Dangerous Harbor’ is however a light, easy to read and digest murder/mystery, with definite romantic undertones, and as I am still not certain as to the identity of the murderer, then I guess that the ‘mystery’ element has lived up to expectations very well.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Yvonne and thanks for stopping by.

  • I love California authors and while she now lives in AZ, it was interesting to hear where life has taken her on her road to authorship! Thanks for spotlighting these books!

    • Hi Leah,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment, I always appreciate them.

      It always adds an extra dimension to a book when I know something about the background and journey of an author, always especially poignant when personal tragedy has had to be battled along the way. It turns the books into something of a labour of love, almost as if each one contains a piece of the author.

      I also love Rebecca’s paintings, the depth of colours in some of them are amazing, I can only dream of ever being able to achieve something of that standard!

      I always enjoy being contacted by authors, it means that I get to enjoy a wide variety of genres, that I may not have ever come across if I had been left to my own devices, it stretches and I hope improves the scope of my reading.

      So far ‘A Dangerous Harbor’ is a great comforting read, although I still haven’t worked out who the killer is yet, every new twist sees me changing my mind.

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