Tag Archives: Serial killers

Sallie Bissell. Call the Devil By His Oldest Name. New York: Bantam Dell, 2004.

Atlanta prosecutor Mary Crow is in the middle of a heart-wrenching child abuse/child pornography case when she is informed that her infant goddaughter has been abducted. The call sends her to a Cherokee gathering in Tennessee and into the woods after the perpetrator. The kidnapping is not a random event, but rather an attempt by Mary’s nemesis to lure her to her death. Although most of the novel is set on the Tennessee section of the Trail of Tears, Mary’s North Carolina hometown, the fictional Little Jump Off, makes an appearance.

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Sallie Bissell. In the Forest of Harm. New York: Bantam Books, 2001.

Prosecutor Mary Crow’s trip to the mountains with her two college friends was supposed to be a celebration; she has just won her sixth murder case in a row. The plan was to stop in her childhood hometown of Jump Off, NC and then hike and camp for two days in the Nantahala National Forest. Their plan quickly goes awry. The women face two very different men who are intent upon hurting or killing them; one is a seasoned serial killer who has stalked victims in the forest for years and one is a man with a personal grudge against Mary. This is the first book in the series of Mary Crow thrillers.

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Susan Whitfield. Just North of Luck. West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity Publishing, 2007.

In Just North of Luck, the second book in the Logan Hunter mystery series, new SBI agent Logan trades the beach for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her first assignment is to expose a moonshine ring in fictional Moss County, but after a school janitor is brutally murdered in the town of Trust, she offers to help with that investigation as well. As time passes, the deaths of more school employees have Logan and a local detective searching for a serial killer. In addition to murder and moonshine, Logan also uncovers a local meth producer and faces some of the ghosts from her past.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Madison, Mountains, Mystery, Novels in Series, Novels Set in Fictional Places, Whitfield, Susan

Richard H. Triebe. On a Rising Tide. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2006.

By June 1864, Wilmington was the only open Confederate port on the eastern seaboard.  Cargo brought into the port allowed the Confederacy to fight on.  Blockade running and Sherman’s March to the Sea changed Wilmington, bringing to the city thousands of desperate refugees, wheeler-dealers, and dangerous men.  This novel contains good scenes of the blockade runner Atlantis negotiating the waters at Cape Fear, eluding Union ships, and loading up in Nassau, but the heart of the story is what happens in Wilmington.  It is a book of adventure, war, and romance, with scenes of betrayal and violence.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2006, Brunswick, Coast, Historical, New Hanover, Triebe, Richard H.

Karen Dodd. Begin Again, Quinn. New Bern, NC: K. E. Dodd, 2008.

Quinn Winslow is happy to retire and move back to the North Carolina coast where she grew up.  She’s had a good career, but a bit of a disappointing life.  She hopes that being back among friends will help her forget an abusive marriage and renew her body and soul.  Once settled in, Quinn adopts a pleasing, healthy lifestyle, and begins to attract the interests of Danny, a friend from childhood, and Charles, a neighbor.  However, the town itself is having problems.  A number of older people have died under questionable circumstances.  When the killer targets members of Quinn’s investment club, she enlists her best friend in her search for the killer, imperiling them both.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2008, Carteret, Coast, Craven, Dodd, Karen, Mystery

Douglas Quinn. Blue Heron Marsh. New York: iUniverse, Inc., 2007

Former military-investigator Webb Sawyer was recently released from a U.S. Army psychiatric hospital and he returned to the Outer Banks, hoping for a little peace and quiet. After moving into his father’s stilted fishing shack on Blue Heron Marsh, he expects his life to be filled mostly with fishing, with the occasional stop at the local pub. When a local woman is charged with murdering her father, however, her friend needs Webb’s expertise and connections to help prove her innocence. As Webb’s investigation continues, he discovers a series of similar recent murders scattered across North Carolina and a possible connection to a forty year old cover-up. This is the first book in a planned mystery/suspense series written by N.C. resident Douglas Quinn.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Coast, Mystery, Novels in Series, Novels Set in Fictional Places, Quinn, Douglas, Suspense/Thriller

Bill Benners. My Sister’s Keeper. New Bern, N.C.: McBryde Publishing, 2007.

Richard Baimbridge returns to Wilmington to help his sister Martha recover from an assault she received while researching a story on the sexual assault of a minor. As Martha heals, she pulls Richard into her investigation. This puts them both in danger, and Richard himself becomes a suspect in a series of heinous murders. The siblings must struggle to find the real serial killer, uncovering their own family’s secrets along the way.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Benners, Bill, Coast, Mystery, New Hanover

Bill Floyd. The Killer’s Wife. New York: St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008.

Six years ago, Leigh Wren’s testimony helped place her husband on death row for multiple murders. After the trial ended she started a new life under a new name, moving her young son from California to Cary, NC. The life she left follows her, however, and Leigh’s carefully created existence begins crumbling when the father of one of her ex-husband’s victims finds her and exposes her true identity.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2008, Floyd, Bill, Piedmont, Suspense/Thriller, Wake

Mariah Stewart. Final Truth. New York: Random House, 2006.

Regan Landry is a journalist working on a profile of Lester Ray Barnes, who had just been released from death row after it was learned that he was convicted on faulty evidence. Now, long after Landry begins her profile, Barnes disappears at the same time a string of grisly crimes are committed on the Outer Banks. Landry teams up with an FBI officer and they travel to the North Carolina coast to investigate.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2006, Coast, Novels in Series, Stewart, Mariah, Suspense/Thriller

Karen Rose. Have You Seen Her? New York: Warner Books, 2004.

Special Agent Steven Thatcher is on the trail of a serial killer who is targeting cheerleaders in the fictional Raleigh suburb of Pineville. In between chasing criminals, Thatcher, a widower, finds time to care for his three sons. Worried about his eldest son, he meets with the boy’s teacher, Jenna Marshall, and the sparks fly. Their romantic involvement becomes especially complicated when it turns out that the killer may be eyeing Jenna as his next victim.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2004, Piedmont, Romance/Relationship, Rose, Karen, Suspense/Thriller, Wake