Suspense and Valentine Valley Series
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1998)
After being acquitted of murdering his high school girlfriend 15 years ago, a man returns to Miami. While there, he encounters another former girlfriend and discovers that they still share feelings for one another. But before the couple can rekindle their relationship, they must confront the past. Old high school friends--connected to the events leading to the 15 year-old murder--are being killed! In order to learn the truth behind the deaths, they must return to the scene of the crime...and stop a psychotic killer from finishing what he started so long ago!
Tall, Dark, and Deadly (1999)
When her friend disappears, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, a glamorous young woman starts her own investigation. With the help of an autisticchild and her ex-lover, she digs deeper into the missing woman's affairs--especially her job as a criminal defense attorney. The growing list of suspects includes clients, colleagues, family members, and old flames--all of whom have their own reasons to get rid of the woman. And when a socialite
with ties to the law firm is found in the Everglades, the trio of sleuths realize that someone is tying up loose ends...and they may be next!
Long, Lean, and Lethal (2000)#1
The first book of the Valentine Valley Series
A killer prowls the set of a popular soap opera in this chilling tale of romantic suspense by a New York Times–bestselling author.
Anything can happen on Valentine Valley. People recover from amnesia, awake from comas, and rise from the dead—all to the delight of the daytime soap’s millions of fans. But while Valentine Valley may be glamorous onscreen, behind the camera the soap’s grueling production schedule punishes actors, directors, and writers in the name of ratings. Soap star Jennifer Connolly is near her breaking point, and a murderer is about to push her over the edge. As Jennifer struggles to care for her ill mother, a serial killer stalks the lot, committing a gory string of murders inspired by classic Hitchcock films. Jennifer is his next target and he wants to give her what every actress wishes for: to never age another day. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Dying to Have Her (2001) #2
The second book of the Valentine Valley Series
A soap opera actress is in danger—and her handsome ex is hired to protect her—in this tale of romantic suspense from the New York Times–bestselling author.
Jane Dunne has a future in Hollywood. After years of striving, she’s finally landed a juicy part on Valentine Valley, the highest-rated soap on daytime TV. Fame will be hers, no matter whom she has to hurt to get it. But fate, it seems, has other plans. As Jane readies for her first close-up, a stage light falls from above, breaking Jane’s neck on her first day of work. The tragedy shocks the set, and terrifies Valentine Valley star Serena McCormack, who fears the deadly blow was meant for her. When death threats flood Serena’s dressing room, the show’s producers hire her former lover, private investigator Liam Murphy, to protect her. He is a handsome, courageous bodyguard, and as they grow closer Serena thinks she might be on the verge of true love—unless death finds her first.
Hurricane Bay (2002)
A TEMPEST OF PASSION
Private investigator Dane Whitelaw is being framed for murder. When Dane finds a photo under his door of his dead ex-girlfriend Sheila Warren he knows he’s been set up. The crime appears to be the handiwork of a serial killer currently terrorizing the Miami area, and someone wants Dane to take the fall.
When Kelsey Cunningham’s best friend goes missing, she confronts the one person she thinks will have information—Dane, Sheila’s former lover and a man from Kelsey’s own past. Kelsey grudgingly partners up with Dane to follow Sheila’s tracks into a dangerous world of sex, violence and drugs. But the tentative trust between them shatters when Sheila’s body is discovered—strangled by Dane’s tie. Now Kelsey doesn’t dare trust anyone…especially not the man she has always loved.
Picture Me Dead (2003)
AN ARRESTING AFFAIR
Ashley Montague is nearing the end of her police training—but nothing has prepared her for the shocking discovery of a body on the highway. When she links the body to Detective Jake Dilessio’s case, they are forced to work together to find the killer.
The body discovered has marks identical to the victims of a cult leader Jake put behind bars five years ago. Is this a copycat killing, or have Jake’s deepest fears been realized? Is the wrong man behind bars and the real killer still on the loose? The last thing Jake needs is the electric pull of desire as he and Ashley are dragged deeper into a world of corruption, greed and murder. Now, with time running out and their lives on the line, they have everything to fight for…and everything to lose.
Dead on the Dance Floor (2004)
Accomplished dancer Lara Trudeau drops dead of a heart attack brought on by a lethal combination of booze and pills. To former private investigator Quinn O’Casey, it’s a simple case of death by misadventure. But when his brother Doug, a Miami-Dade patrolman, asks for help, he can’t refuse. Especially when he learns that Lara and Doug—a student at the Moonlight Sonata dance studio where Lara occasionally taught—were having an affair. And despite Quinn’s lack of interest in the case and even less in dancing, experience has taught him not to count on the obvious when it comes to murder. Going undercover as a dance student, Quinn meets studio manager Shannon Mackay, a beautiful, graceful woman who has left world-class competition to teach. He also uncovers some disturbing facts. Everyone there had a reason to hate Lara Trudeau, a woman as ruthless as she was...
Killing Kelly (2005) #3
The third book of the Valentine Valley Series
It was the most dangerous role of her career . . . and possibly the last.
Playing a malicious diva on a popular daytime soap, actress Kelly Trent has garnered more than her fair share of hate mail. She doesn't believe anyone would really confuse her with her character, but when an accident on the set hits too close for the producers' comfort, Kelly is unceremoniously put on hiatus.
At her agent's suggestion, she agrees to appear in a music video, thinking the time away filming in the Florida Keys might be just the thing to put her life in perspective. But with two left feet, Kelly only hopes dance instructor Doug O'Casey can work miracles.
A former Miami cop, Doug still has a lawman's instinct for trouble, and the continued threats made against Kelly tell him that she is in danger. Now, as a deranged fan closes in, Doug realizes that someone close to Kelly wants more than her character killed off the show -- someone wants her stone-cold dead.