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“A chilling look at just how far some people will sink for money”
Linda Thompson,

A brutal murder ends Matt’s quiet life as a small town police officer after he discovers an organized crime ring that politicians ignore. His obsession with the case threatens not only his job but also his new romance with Clara, who is dearly loved by his son. This murder mystery thriller will grab you, especially if you love dogs and cats.

  • Why is the shelter director known as the Grim Reaper?
  • Is the killer one of the women stalked by the shelter director?
  • Did a mobster in the organized crime ring kill him?
  • Was the murder committed by an animal advocate?
  • Or was it a ghost who hated the victim?
  • Who is the anonymous blogger pouring gasoline on the flames of community outrage?
  • And why is Clara lying to Matt?

I enjoyed killing off the evil animal shelter director on page one of my first novel, which captures some of my experiences as an animal rescuer, advocate for no-kill shelters, and blogger.  My hope is that people will not only enjoy the book but also spread the word about saving more homeless dogs and cats.

From 2010 through 2014,  I wrote a blog called No Kill Delaware that criticized the state for not enforcing its innovative animal shelter law, which was passed in 2010 and mandated measures for saving homeless animals. My blog and Facebook page provided a forum for animal advocates and rescuers to tell their experiences with the SPCA that was fighting against compliance with the state’s shelter law.  I was on the Board of Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary for three years, which sadly went bankrupt about 18 months later.   That’s why I am so devoted to Home for Life which has thrived for decades.

By the time I burned out, I had five dogs, including two Pit Bulls and two Beagles who had been on death row for being “unadoptable.”  I was also the caretaker of a community cat colony living in the woods behind her house, and of course, they were all neutered.

While the passionate arguments in the animal rescue world were a shock, I am not a stranger to controversial issues.  I grew up in Washington D.C. where politics, legislation, and public policy are an obsession. With a Masters degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture,  I worked as a city planner in local government with very active, vocal citizens who were angry about high-rise developers gobbling up neighborhood property.  Later I consulted with the federal government on policy and environmental impacts of some incredibly controversial projects: siting of high-level radioactive waste; cleanup of the nation’s nuclear bomb-making sites; dismantlement of nuclear weapons, and; storage of highly enriched uranium and plutonium from dismantled weapons.

After retiring, I lived for five years in the Delaware beach area where we had vacationed with family for over 20 years. When a tree crushed our house during a storm, my husband and I moved to the Philadelphia suburbs where our grandchildren are nearby and where the trees seem friendly.