October 9, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: Death Notice by Todd Ritter

Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania, has never had a murder. At least not as long as Kat Campbell has been police chief. And the first is brutal. George Winnick, a farmer in his sixties, is found in a homemade coffin on the side of the highway with his lips sewn shut and his veins and arteries drained of blood and filled with embalming fluid. Chilling as that is, it becomes even more so when Kat finds that the Perry Hollow Gazette obituary writer, Henry Goll, received a death notice for Winnick before he was killed.

Soon after, the task force from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Investigation shows up and everything takes an irreversible turn for the worse. Nick Donnelly, head of the task force, has been chasing the “Betsy Ross Killer,” so named because he’s handy with a needle and thread, for more than a year. Winnick seems to be his fourth victim. Or is he?

Kat has never handled a murder case before, but she’s not about to sit by while someone terrorizes her sleepy little town or her own son. But will her efforts be enough to stop a killer and bring calm to Perry Hollow.

A portrait of a small town in turmoil, where residents fear for their lives, Todd Ritter’s Death Notice is a gripping debut from a terrific new talent in crime fiction.

Todd is a mystery writing genius!  I became so engrossed in this book that I don't think I was aware of anything else while reading.  The in depth plot and memorable characters make Death Notice  a must-have mystery.

St. Martin's Press
October 12, 2010
336 pages
$24.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a good mystery!

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debbie said...

I love the mystery genre, and it sounds like you really liked it.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like it'll be really good.

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Cindy W. said...

Sounds like a great mystery. Would love to win a copy.

Cindy W


Cindy W. said...

+5 I am a GFC follower.

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Cindy W. said...

+5 I am an email subscriber.

Cindy W


pmernick said...

Good review! I'd like to read this one.
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hendy said...

Love mysteries, this looks like one I'll have to add to my collection

Laura H. said...

I can see how you "became so engrossed in this book". Sounds like a great book.

randio said...

Ohhhh, this sounds good!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a good book

Julie said...

Sounds like a really good thriller, my fave genre.

Marjorie said...

I really like a great story like this one.

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the review. I love a good mystery.

Janelle said...

Does indeed sound like an engrossing read. Good review. Thanks for the giveaway.
Best wishes,

clynsg said...

If the book lives up to your review, I am certainly interested in reading it.

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sablelexi said...

I love a good mystery, I will have to give this one a look.

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Anonymous said...

I enjoy good mysteries--and this is a new writer that I think I will enjoy.


Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds really good. I just love murder mysteries. Really a must read book.


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Looks good! Thanks for the giveaway. wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I like mysteries!


Amber Y said...

Thanks for letting us know about this book :)

tallcapp said...

The mystery itself and the setting of a small town sound interesting. Your review has made me want to read this book.

purango said...

I love mysteries. This sounds like a great mystery. garrettsambo@aol.com