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About Wendy Dranfield
Wendy is the bestselling author of the Detective Madison Harper crime series.
She is a former coroner's assistant turned crime writer who writes a mixture of standalone thrillers, crime series and short stories. Some of her books have been shortlisted for various writing competitions and awards, including the Mslexia novel writing competition and the International Thriller Writer Awards.
You can find more information on her website: wendydranfield.co.uk
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Kathy Hamilton drives away from her sister-in-law’s pristine-white suburban house in Maple Falls certain she’s left her daughter in safe hands. On the hottest day of the year, a birthday is the perfect excuse to gather friends, family and neighbors around the pool for a barbecue. But when she returns hours later to find her little girl has vanished, her world shatters.
Nobody laughing and drinking in the garden that day saw anything unusual.
Kathy’s eldest daughter is anxious and hardly eating. Is she sick with worry for her sister, or hiding a terrible secret?
The phone rings and rings, but why can’t Kathy get hold of the babysitter?
And is she imagining it, or when her husband rushed from work to join the search, was he wearing a different shirt to the one she saw him leave the house in that morning?
As the temperature rises, and long-buried secrets begin to surface, it’s clear that even the most perfect families keep devastating secrets. But in a town as small as this, is there anyone you can trust?
A totally gripping and utterly addictive page-turner that will have you racing through and reeling at the twists. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Gone Girl and Teresa Driscoll, it will keep you up reading all night long!
Everyone is talking about The Birthday Party:
‘Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I am totally speechless… I was on the edge of my seat… I could not put this book down for the life of me. I had to finish… I could not eat or sleep until I found out what happened.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars
‘OMG… my heart is still racing… spectacular… a roller-coaster ride… a surprise at every twist and turn… left me reeling. Without doubt this is my book of the year.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Hooked!! Start-to-finish! So many secrets, so many twists and turns… you will be kept riveted.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolute gem of a book. I couldn’t put this one down… devoured page after page… superb and I 100% need more… a spectacular read that kept me guessing throughout.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, 5 stars
‘LOVED IT!!!! Lots of twists… it was gripping!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW!... a must read. The twists and turns never stop all the way to the very last page!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Just wow! Could not put this down! All I can say is get this book. You won’t be disappointed. One of the best books I’ve read this year.’ @owl._.
Detective Madison Harper is pulled away from Thanksgiving preparations when a local care worker, Terri Summers, is found dead in her home on the outskirts of Lost Creek, Colorado. Terri’s inconsolable mother can’t understand who would hurt such a kind soul who had dedicated her life to helping others. But analysis of the blood spatter at the scene indicates Terri knew her attacker, that she looked them right in the eye before her life was taken.
The awkward way Terri’s body is positioned catches Madison’s attention. Carefully moving her, she finds a bracelet—possibly a child’s—with a single red bead clenched in the woman’s fist, as if she was hiding it. It’s the lead Madison so desperately needs, but the sudden death of one of her own team sends the investigation into a tailspin.
With her coworkers crumbling around her, Madison must work day and night to trace the bracelet and crack the case. But when she’s dragged back into the disappearance of a woman and child from years ago, and finds a link to someone in her own family, can Madison stop this twisted killer before another precious life is taken? And at what cost?
An absolutely addictive and twist-packed crime thriller guaranteed to get your heart racing and make your jaw drop! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.
Everyone is talking about Gone to Her Grave:
“Holy Cannoli… so dang good. I could not put this book down… fantastic… you MUST read.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Oh my goodness me…Gripping… finished it in a day… left with my jaw hanging open.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Absolutely addictive… guaranteed to get your heart racing. Absolutely LOVED it… Kept me guessing right up to the end. Non-stop from page one. This is a must-read.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Had me hooked from the beginning to the end… I was literally kept at the edge of my seat… a page turner that will keep you up all night–worth five stars!” Tropicalgirlreadsbooks, 5 stars
“WOW!” Bookescapes, 5 stars
“OMG… a heart-pounding finale. I did not see THAT coming.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
Readers love Wendy Dranfield:
“Wow!!!! Just flipping wow!!!! What an absolutely epic page turner!!!… Absolutely smashed it!!!!!!!… Addictive, nail-biting, page-turning, heart-racing… clear your schedule… you are not going to want to put it down!!!!” bookworm86, 5 stars
“Oh Boy! Oh Boy!!!… OMG!… The BEST BOOK I have read this year! OMG<
An abandoned baby is the last thing Detective Madison Harper expects to find as she drives to her first day back at work since the case that ripped her life apart. But as she cradles the shivering child close, all her instincts tell her there’s something more sinister at play. Then she finds a lone sneaker down a muddy trail nearby, the laces spattered with blood…
In a town as small as Lost Creek, Colorado, the baby and the shoe are quickly identified as belonging to Kacie Larson, a waitress at the local diner who quietly stashed away her tips to make a better life for her daughter. A mother herself, Madison can’t believe that Kacie would just abandon her child, but she also can’t convince her new team. Not for the first time, Madison feels she must go it alone to get the job done.
But when a body is pulled from a nearby lake, and it’s not Kacie, the case takes an agonizing turn. Is this missing mother really who she says she is? Is there a chance she’s still alive? Madison barely has time to think before the sweet little girl she rescued is snatched on a crowded street. Gone, in the blink of an eye.
To break this case and earn her place back on the force, Madison must learn to trust her team, and herself again—and fast. If she doesn’t find this twisted individual in time, a little girl could die…
A pulse-pounding, absolutely gripping and totally addictive page-turner that will have you racing through the pages and reeling at the twists. Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot, you’ll be sleeping with the lights on!
Readers love Little Girl Taken:
“Oh. My. Goodness!... an emotional, suspenseful, chilling roller coaster ride from start to finish.” Keeperbookshelf, 5 stars
“Gripping, edge of your seat stuff!... will pull you in and not let go!! Clear your diary…” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Oh Boy! Oh Boy!!!... OMG!... the BEST BOOK I have read this year! OMG… just Brilliant.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Wow!!!! Just flipping wow!!!! What an absolutely epic page turner!!!... Absolutely smashed it!!!!!!!… addictive, nail-biting, page-turning, heart-racing… clear your schedule… you are not going to want to put it down!!!!” bookworm86, 5 stars
‘Oh-mah-gawd… absolutely brilliant… just amazing… I have whiplash. Sheesh… I need more!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Will keep you up past bedtime - and it's SO worth it’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Oh my goodness… a guaranteed page-turner… kept me on the edge of my seat… what a brilliant ending. Five plus stars from me.
When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide—a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments…
Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?
It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing-in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…
An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Addictive reading for anyone who loves Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Melinda Leigh.
Everyone is talking about Cry For Help:
‘Woohoo!... I was totally blown away… so shockingly, incredibly, amazingly good… I hardly had time to fasten my seatbelt before I was thrown right in the middle of the action. OMG!… I never saw that coming… I barely had the time to pick up my jaw from the floor… Great, great book!’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars
‘Oh man, what a rollercoaster of a ride… jaw-dropping and edge-of-the-seat... couldn’t put it down till it was finished!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow, wow! I loved this book…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely LOVED… Kept me guessing right up to the end. Non-stop from page one. This is a must-read!’ Owl Books, 5 stars
‘Instantly hooked… I literally couldn't put it down… Fantastic book!’ Life Between the Lines, 5 stars
‘A brilliant rollercoaster of a ride… I read this book in one sitting in less than a day and loved every minute of it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A can’t-put-down book!...
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?
The little girl drags her eyes open, realizing she’s starting to fade. Using all her remaining strength, she tries calling out for help. But she’s too late and her voice just isn’t loud enough…
Detective Madison Harper’s heart shatters when she searches the bedroom of twelve-year-old Jenny Lucas, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake at Shadow Falls, northern California, with her friends before she vanished. A notebook decorated with stickers pokes out beneath a pink cowboy hat on the bed, which is neatly made up, ready for her return. Madison can’t help wondering why it took their close-knit community so long to raise the alarm.
The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She knows better than most what it’s like to lose a child, and she won’t let it happen again, even if that means pressing Jenny’s grieving family for answers.
Then, canvassing the local area for hidden leads, Madison discovers a disturbing portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most? If Madison’s instincts are right, then the life of another innocent child could also be at risk—she must find Jenny fast…
An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will keep you up all night! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Melinda Leigh.
Everyone is talking about Shadow Falls:
‘Wow, wow, wow!... A read-all-night page-turner of the highest order… I was hooked from page one… I was kept guessing until the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow!… Awesome!… I was on the edge of my seat… getting whiplash from reading so fast!!’ Barbs Beautiful Bookshelf, 5 stars
‘I LOVED THIS BOOK!… I was hooked… It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through… so many twists and turns that keep you guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, just wow.’ Spooky's Maze Of Books, 5 stars
‘Wow… an absolutely thrilling read… unpredictable and brilliant. I LOVED IT!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘OH MY DAYS!!!!… Gah, I am still thinking about this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
When the body of an unidentified woman is found hanging from a tree in the woods of Maple Valley, it looks like a clear case of suicide. But Officer Dean Matheson is unconvinced. Maybe he’s just looking for that big case that will help him make detective. Maybe he’s just trying to avoid his rocky marriage. Or maybe he’s really on to something. Because the closer Matheson looks at the facts of the case, the less they add up.
Then more apparent suicides start cropping up. The victims are all women living on the fringes of society—addicts and criminals nobody would miss. Does anyone really care if they die? Matheson is making it his business to care, and that’s about to make him a target . . .
What folks are saying about Who Cares if They Die
~ A pacy read that had me hooked from the start.
~ A gripping story from Wendy Dranfield. Lots of twists and turns and a little scary at times, I found it a compulsive read.
~ This had me hooked from the first chapter and I couldn’t put it down.
~ Read in two hooked sittings. It would have been one, but I fell asleep reading having pulled an all-nighter the evening before.
~ It is a gripping, twisted tale of murder and deception that will have you double checking your doors at night.
“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”
Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.
The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?
So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …
Praise for Where the Snow Bleeds:
~ Readers who like Karin Slaughter and Val McDermid are going to love Wendy Dranfield and Where the Snow Bleeds. Julie B. from Bookish Jottings
~ It's very hard to convey how amazing this book actually is… For me, this was up there with the kind of thriller you expect from one of the “great” authors we all know! Sharon W.
~ This book.. OMG... This book took a bite out of me. It was the most scariest of all. It was a thriller which thrilled me completely with its scenes in every other chapter. My goosebumps had goosebumps. Shalini G.
~ The first chapter sawed right through my bones and it was very clear I was in for a thrilling read. Els, B for Bookview.
~ It was such a good read I just feel now that want to read all that has been written by this author! Shona R.
Featuring stories by Karl G. Rich, KA Masters, William Rade, Sam Kepfield, Stephen A. Fox, James Dorr, Charles Joseph Albert,
G. Lloyd Helm, Wendy Dranfield, Ira Nayman, Frank Roger, Kevin Stadt, Anthony Engbretson, Dave D'Alessio, William RD Wood, and Martin T. Ingham