About the Book: Beside each body, he leaves a simple charm bearing a woman’s name. Ruth, Martha, Judith. The victims were strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local anchorwoman…each brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end…In front of the cameras, Kendall is the picture of stylish confidence. But at night she’s haunted by nightmares in which she is young, alone, and filled with fear. Are these memories – or omens? Despite warnings from Richard Detective Jacob Warwick, Kendall can’t stop investigating the recent string of murders. She knows she holds the key to catching an obsessed psychopath – if he doesn’t get to her first…The deeper Kendall and Jacob dig into the victims’ backgrounds, the more terrifying the discoveries. For from the shadows of the past, a legacy of evil has resurfaced. Every murder, every moment has been leading to Kendall. And this time, nothing will stop the killer making her his final victim…

My Review:  From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked.  We revisited some of the characters in Burtons’ book “I’m Watching You,” but this story concentrated on other characters – mainly Kendall Shaw.  Burton seems to give you several people who could be the killer.  It’s hard to tell exactly what direction she’s headed, but you have some ideas, so it’s hard to put the book down until you find out if you are correct.  With “I’m Watching You,” the issue was battered women, in “Dead Ringer” the issue is adoption.  The characters are flawed and very human.  I don’t think there is a healthy family in the group – which make them knowable and believable.  There is some minor language and sexual content in the book, but you can easily skim over it, as I did.  The writing is interesting and fast-paced. I recommend this book to mystery and suspense book lovers who also love a little romance thrown in.  “Dead Ringer” is published by Zebra Books.

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3 Responses to “Review: Dead Ringer by Mary Burton”

  1. Pump Up Your Book Promtion’s November Authors on Tour - Day 11 « Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours Says:

    […] Burton, author of the romantic suspense novel, DEAD RINGER, will be stopping off at The Friendly Book Nook and Bookshipper! Richmond detectives Zack Kier and Jacob Warwick find themselves investigating a […]

  2. Cheryl Malandrinos Says:

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for hosting Mary.


  3. Michele Says:

    Sounds like another good one Sally! I’ve yet to read I’m Watching You but it’s still on my list. I think I’ll have to bump it up a bit.

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