Stepping her perfect Jimmy Choos into place beside Ben Gallagher’s wounded Nikes, straitlaced Philadelphia lawyer Catherine Barrington is surprisingly unable to resist the disarming small-town mechanic’s charm. He’s one of the heirs to the vast fortune left by his eccentric grandfather Max, a bestselling horror writer, and she’s there to carry out Max’s last wishes. Routine enough…except that inheriting comes with a catch: none of Max’s heirs will get a penny until they’ve lived together for two weeks in the shadow-filled rooms of his mansion in the wooded hills near Lake Superior.
From beyond the grave, a letter from Max insists that his death was no accident, sending Catherine undercover—and way out of her comfort zone—to catch the killer. Posing as Lexie, Ben’s cocktail waitress girlfriend, Catherine soon finds herself trapped with the feuding clan at the sinister Nevermore manor. To save her own life, she’ll have to confront the murderer, as well as her growing attraction to Ben—a top suspect.
Catherine woke abruptly, opening her eyes in the total blackness, her heart hammering. It must have been a nightmare, one she couldn’t remember even though it must have scared her to death. She glanced at the clock: 11:47. She closed her eyes again.
“I’m counting on you to find out who killed me.”
Her blood turned to ice. “Who is it?” she asked, unnecessarily, since she knew that distinctive voice.
“You know who I am, Catherine. Just remember the money is the key. Because I really was murdered.”
She was finally alert enough to think to switch on the bedside lamp. For an instant she swore she saw Max Windsor standing across the room by the dresser, studying her.
But it couldn’t be. She blinked twice.
When she focused on the spot by the dresser again, it was empty.
# # #
She’d been dreaming. That had to be it. Analyzing everything possibly relevant to identifying Max’s murderer—including the ghost appearances—had triggered a nightmare.
Except she was wide-awake now, and she was positive she’d been equally wide-awake when she’d seen Max and he’d spoken to her. But that was impossible. Max was dead, and despite what she’d suggested to Ben, she really didn’t believe in ghosts. So what had just happened?
Of course. She hopped out of bed, stormed to Ben’s room, and pounded on the door.
“What?” he asked from behind her. He was dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans, and Nikes. She caught a whiff of motor oil.
“Where have you been?” she asked.
About the Author
When she was eight, Diana Miller decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single cryptic letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk, a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host before deciding that the best way to inject suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it.
Diana is a five-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, including for Fatal Trust, and won a Golden Heart for her debut novel Dangerous Affairs. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family.
My website link is dianamillerwriter.com.
My Amazon page is: http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Trust-Kindle-Serial-Miller-ebook/dp/B00FX7SLLA/ref=zg_bs_5044445011_8
My Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/dianamillerwriter
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aha finally got disq logged on. :3 Anyways this sounds interesting XD lawyer turned undercover 😀 I wonder who did it.
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thank you for the chance to win 🙂
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I always like a great read. This sounds like it would catch and hold my interest.
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I like the excerpt and I think I’d like the book.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read the excerpt. I’m so glad you liked it!
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Thank you for giveaway and host for this book!
The story sounds very intriguing. I added it to my read list.
A story with an eccentric grandfather, murder and mystery, romance and jimmy choos sounds like my kind of book. I’m looking forward to reading it 😉
You are a new to me author, love finding them and their books! This one sounds really great and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance.
thanks for the chance to win.. congrats on your release!
howdy diana…congratz for the new book..
and thx u for hosting this amazing giveaway 🙂
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Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
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I love the title… The book cover too. Thanks for the giveaway!