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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lone Star Literary Life Blog Tours 

Book Three in the Stutter Creek Series 
Ann Swann

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? 
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.
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
Short Fiction
“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
“Chems” Createspace


Kendra Dean is a seasoned detective who now finds herself being investigated for allegedly pushing a suspect in front of a UPS truck. She is stunned that anyone would think she could do anything like that and decides she needs to get away. Kendra goes to Copper Lake to relax and try to keep her mind off her life that seems to be unraveling. Her emotional plate is overflowing once she finds out her husband after twenty years wants some space.

While she is out hiking one day, she stumbles across human remains and at this point the story takes an eerie, creepy turn. There is certainly a serial killer on the loose , with a devious, dark and demented mind. Even though the reader finds out quickly in the book the identity of the killer, it does not take anything away from the story. There were times I wanted to scream or run and hide somewhere as the book delivered graphic details of the bodies. I felt like I was reading  a Stephen King novel that makes you jump at every noise. The author has done an amazing job of writing a story that clearly will have you on the edge of your seat. I have not read a book this well defined in horror in quite some time. The serial killer is diabolical and quite possibly the scariest character I have ever read.

The story takes you into the mind of a person who is so unstable that it sends shivers down your spine . I couldn't put the book down and continued to freak myself out as I stayed up late into the night reading. The details are so perfectly written I could almost imagine watching a movie unfold before my eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great mystery book that delves into the sinister mind of a serial killer who takes you deep into the darkest place of their mind.

I received a copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours for an honest review.

Check out all the great blog stops on the tour!
1/28       Books and Broomsticks — Author Interview
1/29       bookishjessp — Promo
1/30       The Page Unbound — Promo
1/31       Missus Gonzo — Review
2/1         All for the Love of the Word – Author Interview
2/2         My Book Fix Blog — Review
2/3         Hall Ways — Promo
2/4         Because This is My Life Y’all — Review
2/5         The Crazy Booksellers — Promo
2/6         Texas Book-aholic — Review
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