Karen Lewis won an award for her suspense play, Hit and Run, and her short story, The Cellar Door. She has also written a number of popular children’s stories, including the perennial favourite, Wolstencroft the Bear. Her mystery novels have been translated worldwide, and usually feature fictional detective, Neil Slater. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. "From children’s author to crazed killer novelist, Karen Lewis has a versatile style." (Angela Wilson, Book Addict Editor, Pop Syndicate)
Evelyn’s dream vacation turns into a nightmare when her husband disappears, and she’s left abandoned in a strange country. The action never stops in this taut thriller. Nor in the other suspense stories, which are included in this volume:
NOT REALLY MURDER
THE CELLAR DOOR
THE RESPECTABLE RECLUSE
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
They will keep you guessing until the last exciting page.
The store where Christie worked for thirty years has closed down. She’s unable to find another job, and fears she may end up homeless. But things are destined to get a whole lot worse. Her best friend is murdered. This brutal and senseless crime catapults Christie onto a roller coaster ride of terror and pathological evil. Some of it originating far too close to home for comfort.
The action never stops in this fast paced thriller about the disappearance of a young woman during the Vancouver Olympic Games. The police pull out all stops to find her. But when a detective suddenly vanishes as well, they begin to suspect there is more to the case than meets the eye. Fasten your seatbelts for a shocker of an ending.
When a shop assistant disappears from the strip mall where she works it triggers a major crime investigation. But there are no leads and the strange case remains unsolved. Then a friend takes over the missing girl’s job and begins to unravel the mystery, thereby putting her own life at risk. A grim sense of foreboding permeates the story as threateningly as its landscape – a dark mile of derelict buildings where vagrants live.
While strolling on the Lion’s Gate Bridge on a foggy evening, Vicky Allen meets a handsome Naval Officer named Anderson Ford. They have an instant connection. This results in an erotic affair, cut short by Anderson’s strange disappearance.
Vicky tries desperately to find him, but hits one dead-end after another in her search. No one has any knowledge of Anderson. Even the waiter in a bar they frequented together has no recollection of him.
Vicky is distraught and devastated. It looks as if Anderson was just a figment of her own overactive imagination. Is she losing her mind? Words: 21221
Word Count: 40,000
Constructed over two centuries ago, the Private Garden now sits in the middle of a busy intersection, beneath a gigantic statue of a British Statesman. The last thing Vivien Hall expects when she visits the garden is to be transported back in time to the nineteen-forties––in the midst of an Air Raid, to boot.
While there, she meets an Air Force Officer, named Curtis Matthews. They have an erotic encounter. But as soon as Vivien falls asleep she finds herself back in the twenty-first century again.
Her subsequent time travels to visit her lover, and her attempts to validate his existence––her friend believes she hallucinated the whole episode––make up an erotic and romantically haunting story about love and loss, and trying to hang onto the divine if only for a moment.
But Vivien’s time travels do not always end in erotic bliss. She is arrested on suspicion of espionage, and subjected to days of gruelling interrogation. And she cannot escape back to her own time, because they will not let her sleep.
MURDER AT MIDNIGHT Twenty years have passed since Lisa Craig was found murdered in a park at midnight. Her killer was never found. When the case is re-opened, reporter Scott Preston falls increasingly under Lisa's spell. Her spirit seems to reach out to possess him. Scott’s quest to find out what really happened to the murdered girl, takes him down a perilous road. And the answer when it finally comes lies too shockingly close to home for comfort.
Waiting in the silent darkness to kill a man he has never met…so begins THE STALKER…a sensual suspense story about a bureaucrat whose kinky extramarital affair plunges him into a nightmare world of murder, deceit and blackmail. It begins with a cold-blooded murder in an apartment right out of the 1940s, and ends in a terrifying conflict in a bizarrely furnished mansion.
When her husband is arrested as a serial killer Kyla thinks it’s as bad as it gets. But there’s much more in store. Set in the frenzy of Olympic games Vancouver, Kyla swings from believing in his innocence to the utter conviction of his guilt, and then back again. And discovers, in the process, that nothing is ever as it seems.
Approx. Word Count: 173 pages
Life has been a bumpy ride for Lily Foyle. Orphaned at six, she is adopted by an uncle later convicted of the sex slayings of three women. Detective Neil Slater believes there are more victims. He is convinced that Lily, now a young woman, addicted to drugs and employed in the sex trade, is harbouring terrible knowledge of the crimes. Slater sets out with the aid of a psychologist to find out. But Lily doesn't want to remember. And someone else doesn't want her to either, as an attempt on her life proves. Slater is dragged ever deeper into the abyss of depraved sexual practices and brutal murder in this fast moving, gritty and violent tale. Nothing, he learns, is, as it seems. And his own value system is shaken to the roots by his growing infatuation with Lily, her terrifying past and sordid present.
SCARLET WOMAN is an eerie tale about an unsolved murder, and an unlikely killer who strikes again and again…The sprawling new development lay half-finished and deserted in the lonely darkness of a storm-lashed Sunday afternoon. In the Show Home, an opulent house with pillars and cathedral ceiling, the real estate agent chatted to a friend on her cell phone, hanging up abruptly when she heard footsteps approaching the door. "I’ll call you back as soon as they’ve left," she promised, but never did. For whoever it was had smashed her skull in, leaving her to die in front of the massive stone fireplace with its empty grate. Ten years later the murder still remained unsolved.
While enjoying a kinky extramarital affair, a man must protect his family from a stalker, and he is plunged into a world of blackmail, deceit, and murder. As pressure increases he find himself waiting in the dark to kill a man he doesn't know and has never met. The Stalker!