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SHADOW OF DOUBT
A novel of romantic suspense, set amid the towering cliffs of California's Mendocino coast. ISBN: 0-9716239-9-6 ISBN-13: 978-0971623996 October 2002, Port Town Publishing Available from: Amazon.comand Kensington Row Bookshop, Kensington, MD.
SHADOW OF DOUBT
Cat Madoc leaves Virginia to return to her family home on the jutting headlands of California's MendocinoCoast. Her journey forces her to deal with the brutal aftermath of her sister Jennifer's suicide. After laying her sister to rest and renting the family home, Cat will try to go on with her own life.
When a friend asks Derek Driscoll to keep an eye on Cat Madoc, the sister of his dead neighbor, Derek reluctantly agrees. After all, being a modern woman, Cat probably doesn't want or need a babysitter. But he also knows that Cat's last living relative is dead, that the loneliness he sees in her eyes mirrors his own. And he strongly suspects that Jennifer's death may not have been a suicide at all. Those suspicions are confirmed when there are threats on Cat's life, and he is determined that nothing will deter him from protecting the young woman who has touched his heart.
Derek Driscoll's brooding dark looks stir Cat's desires - and she is grateful for his strength and protection when there are attempts on her life. Cat, however, doubts his motives when she discovers that Derek was Jennifer's former lover and he becomes the number one suspect in her death.
Can Cat trust Derek with her heart if she fears for her very life at his hands?
5 Star Rating! "Shadow of Doubt grabbed me from the first sentence... I just couldn't put it down once I started it. ...The suspense in this novel will keep you turning the pages, wondering at the killer's identity...I highly recommend this book." - Melissa Alvarez, Romance Fiction Guide, About.com 4 Star Rating! "Shadow of A Doubt is a bang-up mystery wrapped up in an admirable romance. ...If you relish a romantic suspense, don't miss this one." - Susan Mobley, Romantic Times A Collector's Treasure! "Here is a modern mystery with enough sexual anticipation to please the most avid reader of romances and enough sound writing to please readers who prefer more in their reading fare. ...I have read romances that occupy space on the New York Times Best Seller list that are no better than Morelli's newest novel. - Carolyn Howard-Johnson, WordMuseum "What a great book! I didn't know who to trust, who to suspect, or who would be revealed as the murder. ...an excellent novel with a perfect balance of romance and suspense." - Alane Coppinger, RomanceJunkies.com "Exciting amateur sleuth romance…Fans of amateur sleuth romances will have no SHADOW OF DOUBT that this terse thriller is a superb tale that has cross genre appeal." - Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews "SHADOW OF DOUBT is a well-written romantic suspense...it will keep you reading.... late into the night....This is a title I encourage you to seek out to read." - Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today "Ms. Morelli does a great job weaving the mystery throughout the story...." - Sabrina Marino, The Old Book Barn Gazette "...a fast-paced read. ...The story should have readers turning pages, and will keep you guessing until the end." - Deborah Hern, The Romance Readers Connection "...an intriguing tale of betrayals, mystery, and romance. ...It is also an interesting study of family dynamics, hopes and dreams, and the healing power of love." - Susan Lantz, AOL Fiction Forum "Linda Morelli brings this fast-paced story to life with a combination of mystery, romance and a splash of gothic thrown together. Her characters jump right out of the pages and into the reader's hearts. They are people you will care about and cheer for. SHADOW OF DOUBT is everything a romantic suspense story should be and more!" - Yvonne Hering, New and Used Books "Linda Morelli has written a suspenseful tale of romance, betrayal, greed and complex family relations that will appeal not only to the romance fan but to the mystery fan as well." - Kathy Thompson, Murder and Mayhem Bookclub
Romantic Suspense Winner, 2003 WRITE TOUCH READERS' AWARDS & 2003 LAUREL WREATH AWARDS! Finalist, Best Long Contemporary, Affaire de Coeur's Internet Reader/Writer Poll