Item description for Leave the Killing to Me by Wendy Devere-Austin...
New author Wendy DeVere-Austin's "Leave The Killing To Me" is explosive from the start. A chilling mystery which has readers wondering who the killer is, and why he is stalking the beautiful Jessica Parker. This page-turner illustrates one woman's pursuit for the perfect life and one man's obsession with revenge. At a breakneck pace and with deft precision, Wendy DeVere Austin has woven an unforgettable tale, establishing a notable presence in the world of suspense fiction.
The author was born and raised in Bath, England. Schooled at La Saint Union Convent, she went on to graduate from the University of Exeter.
She entered the film industry in the publicity department. After a short period of time, the production side of the business beckoned. She worked on such films as Run Wild Run Free, Nicholas and Alexandra, Conduct Unbecoming, The Internecine Project, and The Life Story of D.H. Lawrence.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2002
Publisher McKenna Publishing Group
ISBN 1932172025 ISBN13 9781932172027
Reviews - What do customers think about Leave the Killing to Me?
A dangerous nut case is stalking Jessica Parkerson Aug 3, 2005
Jessica Parkerson is getting obscene phone calls from a man who talks as if he knows her and keeps promising that they will be getting together soon. Jessica is at the point where she is terrified that every time she picks up the phone it is going to be him. But as "Leave the Killing to Me" begins she has reached the point where she finally confides what is going on to her best friend and business partner Susan Jenkins, who in turn insists that Jessica tell not only the police, in the form of Brian Heddering, but also her husband, David, a successful criminal lawyer. But before that can happen Jessica's caller makes his first attack--and we are not even through the first chapter.
The key mystery in Wendy DeVere-Austin's novel is more "why" this guy is stalking Jessica than "who," although, of course, they are interrelated items. But "Leave the Killing to Me" is really more of a suspense novel than a mystery, because it is not like the stalker is one of the characters and you have to figure out which one. It is more a question of how much damage this guy is going to do before we get to the final page of the novel. The stalker thinks he is smart, but while he is sick and devious he is not as smart as he thinks that he is, not that this makes him any less dangerous.
There are two primary things that this novel has going for it. First, there is the quick pace to the story. DeVere-Austin moves things along and does not get bogged down with red herrings or allowing people (read: police detectives) to be too stupid for too long in figuring out what is and what is not true. Since there is a lot going on, and all sorts of additional complications as the narrative develops, the pace actually helps you keep up. Second, while the characters in this novel are not the most fully developed you are going to read in novels of this type, the character of each does come into play, sometimes with fatal results. With regards to the latter, I appreciate the way DeVere-Austin makes us feel each death.
"Leave the Killing to Me" was just about the perfect length for a three hour plane trip, the book is trade paperback size, and the print is a nice size too. I mention all of this because I think my reading experience went much better on the flight than that of my wife, who only made a dent in her rather big, small print, paperback (although she did laugh more at her book than I did at mine). Final Note: I know the question of how the ice bucket got on the balcony weighs heavily on the mind of one of the detectives, but I would think the fact that the ice bucket that was already in the room should still be there would be a part of the equation. I only mention this because the detective kept mentioning it, and I want him to try and relax.
Leave the Killing to Me Jun 19, 2003
This was a bone-chillingly great book, and I consider it number one on my recommended summer/fall reading list. The plot moved at a great pace and just when I thought I knew "who done it," there were more surprises in store for me. For those who love suspense fiction, this book will leave you very satified. Wendy DeVere Austin's book is also written under the title "Still Waters Run Deep." I was so gripped by this book that it left me with a nervous butterfly feeling hours after I finished, wishing there was more to read! To be continued...I hope!
A GOOD FAST MOVING YARN Jun 16, 2003
this is a good read. fast moving, read it in two sittings. don't know anything about the writer! no bi on book cover or inside! but well worth the time finding and reading it
Good read, Jan 6, 2003
This book was given to me for Xmas. I like it very much . . But a strange book. I know nothing about the writer, but she is a looker from the photo. And never new what the story was about untill it unfolded. It was well worth the read. Thank you Paul for the book.
GOOD MYSTERY Dec 20, 2002
This is a good yarn by a new writer. Worth the reading of. It feel as if there is going to be a part II.