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Welcome to the world of Indian Creek, Texas, where you'll meet some of the most amazing characters to ever grace the pages of fiction. Kelly McWinter, a retired cop who has sought out a simpler life in Indian Creek while trying to put a personal tragedy behind him. Kelly's dog, Jake, a German Shepherd who has fought some battles of his own and is still the best partner a man could ever hope for. Anna Davis, an old woman hiding from her past whose secrets come back to haunt her. When a well-known resident of Indian Creek is found murdered, Kelly finds himself drawn into the homicide investigation.
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The review of this Book prepared by Elizabeth Dearl

SHADOWS ARE DEADLY, a mystery in the truest sense of the word, shows how the shadows of the past can darken the door of the present, somtimes with deadly results. Kelly McWinter goes from a big city detective to flea market security guard because of a shadow in his past. Over the course of living 5 years in the Indian Creek area, he notices that most residents have something to hide. For one woman, though, the SHADOWS ARE DEADLY.

McWinter finds Anna dead in her flea market stall one night after closing time. In trying to piece together events that lead up to her death, McWinter finds that she'd been angry with everyone that night. Through her mastery of dialog, Ms. Morris blazes a trail of mystery that leads you through a maze of guilt, greed, and grit. The trail introduces you to an array of characters, some loveable, some not so loveable. And when McWinter figures out who killed Anna, the suspense is incredible as he races across Texas and back again to stop more killings. You'll be wishing your reading speed would reach Mach One. Although, Ms. Morris is Canadian, her love of Texas weaves a rich sense of culture and heralds the place in her heart. The second of the Indian Creek series, "Mikki's Song", comes out later this month. (September) But for Morris fans, that's too long to wait.
The review of this Book prepared by Maureen McMahon

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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