Clever Deception – M.A. Comley & Linda S. Prather


About the book

Published: 14th September 2016 (Jeamel Publishing)31677846

Have you ever watched the light fade from someone’s eyes, Foxy? The pigment slowly, ever so slowly disappear?

The press call him the Escape Artist, and he is certainly living up to his name.

Sergeant Alexandra Fox has never come up against such a devious mind in her entire career. Ten young women, seven of them wives of fellow officers, have been found tortured and murdered. Every tiny lead fizzles out, and he revels in taunting them by phone, torturing them mentally as he forces them to listen to the screams of his victims.

Alexandra, is determined to catch him before he kills again, unaware that she’s become the object of his obsession until he issues one last threat:

I thought I would give you one warning. A chance to back away and leave the investigation. Don’t make me punish you.

My Review

What a prequel! There isn’t much more I can add than to the plotline than is already covered in the synopsis (no spoilers here!) – but what I can say is that the prologue is horrific, Clever Deception grabs you from the get go and does not let you go until the very last sentence!

As you’d expect with a novella, the pace is fast and relentless however it really works, it is well formulated and plotted out for the right combination of confusion and tension. At points I’m not sure I took a breath and my first thought when I finished this was ‘Wow!’. My second thought was ‘when is the first book of the series out?’ then headed off to Amazon to preorder (Tragic Deception on the 1st October in case you were wondering!).

I’m not usually a big fan of short stories, but I do like them when they are prequels or .5 books in amongst a series and this one has certainly worked to set the scene for the series and to introduce the main character; the lovely, ballsy Alex Fox. I’ve not read any books by Linda S. Prather before however I have read The Caller that Comley co-wrote with Tara Lyons and the same gritty, fast paced narrative exudes from this novella. Similarly to The Caller, there is no sign that this was co-written as it flows perfectly.

Loved it and look forward to where the Deception series takes Alex Fox.

About the authors

M.A. Comley

New York times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when I turned my hobby into a career. I’m fortunate to be represented by a top New York agent.

I share my home with two crazy dogs that like nothing better than to drag their masterful leader (that’s me) around the village.

I hope you enjoy reading my books, especially the Justice series, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice and Hostile Justice which is due out March 2014.

Also available is the first book in the Hero series, TORN APART.

Plus two books in the Intention series, Sole Intention and Grave Intention.

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Linda S. Prather

Kentucky author living in Lexington, Kentucky. I have always had a penchant for things a little outside the norm. I saw my first “ghost” when I was five years old, and I’ve spent my entire life trying to understand that vision. Was it real? And if it was, why? I became a paranormal investigator and love old houses that go bump in the night. I can often be found in old cemeteries just hanging out.

I studied metaphysics, including areas of touch healing, dream analysis, meditation and self-hypnosis. The power of the mind has always fascinated me. When reading I love books that allow me to travel around the world without ever leaving home. As an author my greatest desire is to create stories and characters that readers and love and hate, laugh and cry with and spend hours in sheer entertainment.

The Jacody Ives Mysteries was my first attempt to combine my love of mystery with my love of all things paranormal. The Catherine Mans series continues and expands that combination, delving into the darker side of the power of the mind.

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