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Here’s a sampling of the five-star reviews for Deadly Ties since its launch in Fall 2013:

A suspenseful page-turner: If you are looking for an engrossing whodunit with keep-you-guessing plot twists, strong characterization, and a fascinating Ozarks setting, I highly recommend reading this book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Keep them coming, Dr. Susan Holmes! –Rackerman October 17, 2013

This book is a must read! A suspenseful story, charming characters and attention to detail made me feel like I was in the Ozarks. If you want a book that will keep you guessing, this is the one for you. I cannot wait until the next book in the series! –Jennifer J. Ryan October 27, 2013

A Compelling Mystery: Brava, Susan Holmes! I loved Deadly Ties. I loved that it takes place literally in my own back yard. The story kept my attention throughout. The writing is great, the detail believable and the plot twists truly surprising. I’m looking forward to seeing the series continue. I can’t wait to find out what my neighbors are up to next. –Judith Tavano November 24, 2013

First rate!: I couldn’t put this book down! Enough plot twists to keep you guessing with dash of romance, and of course dogs! –Sueg628 January 16, 2014

Woof Woof Wonderful: Great setting, lively, interesting characters and the suspense keeps building to red-herring twist at the end. Had to stay up all night on a work night reading this one and want to read MORE. SOON. –Black Belt Granny March 25, 2014

Excellent: This book was great – I enjoyed it so much. Lots of twist and turns. I thought I knew who was the suspect but BAMM – it wasn’t. Hoping for more books in this series. –Melly  March 27, 2014


More reviews:

“Perfectly captures the culture and beauty of my home state, presenting an intriguing, masterful mystery along the way… a thrilling read!” – Jack R. Cotner, author of Mystery Of The Death Hearth and Storytellin’: True And Fictional Short Stories Of Arkansas

“This latest book is not only the first novel of a new mystery series, it’s a first class piece of storytelling. Excellently paced and plotted, it’s filled with characters who, like real people, can give you a sudden jolt by revealing an unsuspected side. The Ozark mountain setting is vivid both as a realistic background and a place haunted by legends. Holmes creates a compelling puzzle in which old wrongs and rumors reach out from a past that is anything but dead—but nonetheless deadly indeed.” – Bethany Campbell, nationally bestselling author of Whose Little Girl Are You? and See How They Run

“I was hooked from the start. Terrific setting, a clever story line, and plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing right to the end. Wonderful characters and the dogs are awesome… a sure winner!” – Maureen Kidd, Therapy Dog Coordinator at The Glen Retirement System, Shreveport, LA

“Holmes’ first mystery brings the reader to northwest Arkansas and into the world of Waterside Kennels. She uses historical fact and fable along with her knowledge of the region, dogs, and human nature to develop setting, characters, and most of all, intrigue. Well-paced and solidly woven together, one read of Deadly Ties leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.” – Barbara Alexander, retired librarian, writing professor, and avid mystery reader



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