Publication date: February 13th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel.
While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.
After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?
Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.
“Ace, it’s Dixie.” She started the engine and cranked the heater.
“Dixie dear, to what do I owe the pleasure?”
“What do you know about Marden Balik?”
“Marden Balik? You mean ol’ Black Magic Balik?”
“I know enough to stay the hell away from her. I heard she’s part of Krestel’s coven, deep in the mountains—heard she does voodoo and shit.”
“I don’t care about the rumors and shit, what are the facts about her?”
“Rumors aren’t necessarily untrue, you know, Dix. Anyway, Balik’s a widow. Her husband died forty years ago after contracting a rare disease, and passing away within twelve hours.”
“A rare disease?”
“Yep, and it was right after he’d told Marden that he was leaving her, for her twin sister, Agnes.”
“No shit… and…” Dixie heard him do a drumroll with his fingers. “For the cherry on top—Agnes went missing a week later, never to be seen, or heard of again… or so the story goes.”
Dixie shoved the truck into reverse.
“So, Balik’s sister, Agnes, who was Balik’s husband’s mistress, is a missing person?”
“Pretty damn interesting.”
“Yeah, it’s a forty-year-old cold case, and a pretty creepy story if you ask me.”
“Well, I ran into Balik tonight while checking out Lizzie Meyer’s apartment.”
“Maybe the witch has got Lizzie locked down in her basement… or in a simmering pot of stew with rabbits and puppies. Cute ones. Cute little puppies.”
“Thanks. Did you find anything?”
“A pink hair tie, that fell out of Balik’s robe.”
“Uh, not exactly a smoking gun. You’re thinking it’s Lizzie’s?”
She paused. Did she think it was Lizzie’s?
“Well, Ms. Balik isn’t exactly a pink kind of gal. Doesn’t fit.”
“You shouldn’t be poking around that witch’s house. I’m serious, Dix.”
“Give me a break.”
“Alright but don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
“Anyway, we need to find out if John Blevins drives a black truck.”
“A black truck? What’s the make, model?”
“A newer model, that’s all I know.”
“No problem, will do. You going to the Black Crow?”
“On my way now.”
“See ya there.”
As she pulled onto the road, a chill skirted up her spine and she glanced in the rearview mirror.
Through the pitch-black night, she saw Balik’s silhouette standing in front of the dark woods. A small flame illuminated her wrinkled face, and beady, dark eyes as she lit a cigarette and watched Dixie drive away.
Having been born and raised in the south, Amanda’s books are set in small, country towns and reflect southern culture at its finest.
Amanda’s debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, was released in January 2017, followed by the first two books in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES, THE WOODS and THE LAKE. The third book in the series, THE STORM is scheduled to be released in the Winter of 2017.
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