In celebration of the release of my third book, Liar’s Games: A Project Chameleon novel, I’m offering my first two books (Kindle version) for 99 cents for three days.
The first book is In the Shadows. About the book: There is a stranger amongst the residents of the cave-riddled village of Reynier, France. Suspicious, they believe there’s only one reason Maurelle Dupre would be lurking in their small village—she’s a gypsy, a thief. But a former Chicago detective turned mystery author, Dave Martin, who happens to be visiting his French grandmother, isn’t so sure about the beautiful stranger when happenstance causes them to meet. He wonders why she seems so frightened and distrustful. He knows he shouldn’t get involved. The last time he trusted a woman in distress, the consequences resulted in the loss of his detective’s shield and his wife. But, as always, the detective in him can’t seem to leave well enough alone.
However, what Dave couldn’t know is how persuading Maurelle to reveal herself will ultimately unveil something far worse than mere theft.
In the Shadows is a story of trust, belonging, and murder.
What people are saying about it:
‘Susan Finlay is an accomplished writer who can bring a story to life. It was easy for me to get lost In The Shadows. I loved this Outsiders Mystery.’
‘Just finished reading. I enjoyed it tremendously and had a hard time putting it down when necessary. Well written with good story and side plots to keep me reading.’
‘Susan Finlay’s sense of character development in IN THE SHADOWS is impeccable. I’m very fond of this author and this story.’
The second book is Where Secrets Reside. About the book: In Reynier, France, a sleepy hillside village peppered with ancient picturesque troglodyte cave dwellings, the locals value their privacy and their quiet life. Few tourists know it exits, which suits the locals just fine.
One day, after a torrential storm, a townswoman happens across a terrified soaked toddler sitting alone in the woods. She brings the toddler into town, but no one recognizes the child. Suspecting the child’s parents—rare tourists perhaps—must be lost or in trouble nearby, the locals organize a search party to find them. Their search leads instead to the discovery of a murder victim, another stranger, in one of the caves. As the investigation gets underway, the situation heats up. The residents of this once peaceful close-knit village find themselves terrorized by a possible serial killer. Facing their own mortality, they wonder whether the killer is an outsider, or one of their own? And who will be the next victim?
Captain Pascal Goddard of the local Gendarmerie has his hands full; he must solve the biggest murder case the region has ever seen. The residents will not let him rest until he uncovers the killer’s identity, putting a stop to the killing so a frantic village can return to normal. But as the list of suspects grows, some begin to worry that past history will paint them as guilty even if they are not; at least not of murder.
What people are saying about it:
‘Where Secrets Reside is a great mystery that kept me thinking I knew who was committing the murders each time one happened, but unexpected twists proved me wrong more than once. I definitely will read her books in the future.’
‘My new, favorite author didn’t disappoint me with her latest release. If you like mysteries you won’t want to miss this one, a book you can’t put down with continual suspense and surprises.’
‘This book is cleverly plotted and works as a sequel to the first Outsiders mystery. The characters have developed maturity, and there is an interesting twist stemming from more background knowledge about the history of the grandmothers. The setting is in the same fictional town in France, but the caves play a more important role.’
My new release is Liars’ Games. About the book: What if you had to start over and make a new life and new identity for yourself . . . ?
Dr Juliet Powell is a genius math professor, who doesn’t lie, but through circumstances beyond her control, her life has suddenly changed and is ensconced in a sequence of events that forces her to lie, over and over. She tells herself she will eventually adapt, but with each new identity she’s getting further and further away from who she really is. Desperate, her life and that of her young son are in danger and depend on her hiding. Her protector tells her she needs to blend in like a chameleon, play the game and reinvent herself—and not fail this time. Her newest role places her as the principal at a gang and drug plagued high school, where she has opportunity to make a difference. But then she discovers that a stranger is watching her and her young son.
On the surface the story deals with school violence and fear, but at its heart is a woman’s struggle with societal decline, lies, deception, trust, and self-identity.