Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book Review by Martha Cheves

Martha Cheves has gracious reviewed my suspense thriller Dead Witness. When you can, please stop by and read her review, and check out my easy recipe for Butter Tarts.

sunrise on Cluculz Lake

Dead Witness – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘A long, narrow building, beyond the small shed, blocked her view.  Valerie inched past a rusty engine leaning against the hut and peeked around the corner.  Two men in black tee shirts and black pants stood at the stern of the sleek cabin cruiser docked at the wharf.  Three more men stood on the pier:  One young, one old, one dangerously attractive.  Facing her, she could see he was perfect, in fact.  Except, why was he wearing a long, tan raincoat?  Maybe she wasn’t the only unprepared foreigner.  No way would she interrupt their business.  Two of them walked way.  Mr. Perfect, the handsome Latino in the tan raincoat, smiled after them.  His sensuous, slightly accented voice broke the silence.  “Gentlemen, please. It has been my experience that even in times of indecision, a solution exists.”  His arms spread wide as if to embrace them.  The two men stopped and turned back.  Still smiling, the Latino reached inside his raincoat and pulled out a gun.  Valerie gawked at him.  She heard a pop.  The older man fell backward onto the wharf.  Pop.  The younger man’s head exploded.  The man in the tan raincoat leaned down and fired a third bullet in the older man’s head.  The body twitched, then lay still.’

Valerie McCormick is the mother of 3 beautiful daughters and wife to Ed.  Ed owns a timber business in their home town of Prince George, Canada.  In the process of trying to secure the business he runs across a possible client who has his eyes set on a boat docked in Seattle, Washington, so when Valerie wins a trip to Seattle, what better time to take pictures of the boat with hopes of scoring brownie points with the client.  But when Valerie witnesses the murder of 2 men she decides she must do her duty and report it to the police.  To her relief, the police ended up arresting Miguel DeOlmos on a traffic violation and now had him in jail.  To her disappointment, after the American FBI talked her into testifying against DeOlmos, he ends up escaping during his trial.  And to make matters worse Miguel DeOlmos is the leader of one of the largest drug cartels in the both North and South America.  DeOlmos will stop at nothing to keep from being tried in the US due to its death penalty  and it’s not beyond him to kill the only witness the FBI have against him.

Author Joylene Nowell Butler took me on a ride from Canada, Seattle, Nevada, California and then to Baja as FBI agent Mike Canaday chases DeOlmos while still doing everything in his power to keep Valerie alive.  Valerie comes up with her own ideas of how to capture DeOlmos and ends up in the clutches of his psycho brother Vincente.  Dead Witness is a superbly written murder mystery that has everything from greed to murder to deceit and of course love.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading Dead Witness.

Dead Witness

Published by Joylene Nowell
278 pages
ISBN# 978-0-9810-3050-0


  1. Nice review, Joylene. And I whole heartedly agree. Dead Witness was a very enjoyable thriller. Looking forward to your next.

  2. Thanks so much, Martina. Your words are music to my ears.

  3. Nice review. Martha captured the essence of Dead Witness. Very nice.

  4. Looking forward to reading DW very soon - once it gets through customs.

  5. Hi Dave. Generally it takes a week, so you may get it as early as tomorrow.

  6. Wonderful review!

    I love Dead Witness and I agree with every single word!

  7. Thank you, Carol! Keep Martha's webpage in mind when you need a reviewer for your novel.

  8. Hi Joylene,
    What a superb review of your book. It now makes me ask if 'Dead Witness' is available over here, in lil' ol England? Or, do I have to wait until I get back to B.C., in May?
    You see, not only do I want to read your book, but I want to brag to my buddies, that I know the author. Would be so good for my ego. I hope this is 'music to your ears'.
    Have a great week.
    In kindness, your star struck fan, Gary :-)

  9. Thank you for your very kind words, Gary. My book is available online at Chapters.Indigo but that can't be easy for you all the way over there in Harry Potter Land. Seriously, wish I could drop one off during my vacation. Ha. That would be grand.

    Have a great week.

  10. Glad you shared this review! Sounds like a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Love the picture of the sunrise, too. :)

  11. A wonderful Review, Joylene. It's always nice when someone reads and likes our book, and then tells others about it.

    BTW butter tarts are my favorite.

  12. Thank you, Laura! One of the hardest things about being an author is posting stuff that relates to just how wonderful your book is. LOL. I still find it embarrassing. But whatcha going to do, eh?

    Thank you for your continuing support. Happy Remembrance Day.


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