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Damaging Secrets

286 pages
Severn River Publishing Llc

Bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is back-this time with a scrappy heroine whose bold detective work and well-timed one-liners will leave you riveted-and entertained-at every turn.

"Detective Rachel Ryder is smart, tough, and fearless-readers will gladly follow her through every twist of Aspenson's knockout first installment in this riveting new series." -LynDee Walker, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Fear No Truth

New to town and a little rough around the edges, Detective Rachel Ryder finds herself on the receiving end of a suspicious person's call in Hamby, Georgia. When the call turns out to be a dead body, the medical examiner is quick to rule the death a suicide. But was it something more sinister?

Everyone in the small department believes the case is closed-except for Rachel. The sudden passing of a local politician during the mayor's run for Congress strikes her as a little too coincidental, and Rachel is eager to follow her instincts. Her partner, Rob, a 30-year veteran, isn't the type to disobey his boss or ruffle any feathers, but he can't convince strong-willed Rachel to let it go.

Obsessed with finding out the truth, Rachel begins to examine the evidence and drags her reluctant partner along for the ride. But the clues are confusing. Nothing is adding up.

Puzzled and running out of time, Rachel and Rob rush to work every angle and bring the elusive killer to justice before someone else ends up dead.


"...a fast-paced police procedural with a killer ending." -Susan Hunter, author of Dangerous Habits

"...an awesome mystery..." -Kimberly Charleston, Books Uplift


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Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson writes cozy mysteries, thrillers, and paranormal women's fiction featuring strong female leads. Her stories shine through her dialogue, which readers have praised for being realistic and compelling. Her first novel, Unfinished Business, was a Reader's Favorite and reached the top 100 books sold on Amazon. In 2021 she introduced readers to detective Rachel Ryder in Damaging Secrets. Overkill, the third book in the Rachel Ryder series was one of Thrillerfix's best thrillers of 2021. Prior to publishing, she worked as a journalist in the suburbs of Atlanta where her work appeared in multiple newspapers and magazines. Writing is only one of Carolyn's passions. She is an avid dog lover and currently babies two pit bull boxer mixes. She lives in the mountains of North Georgia as an empty nester with her husband, a cantankerous cat, and those two spoiled dogs. You can chat with Carolyn on Facebook at Carolyn Ridder Aspenson Books.