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January 2022 Book of the Month

THE TESS WINNETT FBI MYSTERY SERIES

BY  LESLIE WOLFE
The FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett Series

Special Agent Tess Winnett — the bold, direct, and short-fused heroine — puts her life on the line and doesn’t pull any punches as she searches for the truth, and for the man who is taking lives on her watch. Intelligent, resourceful, and uncompromising, Tess takes readers on a memorable, white-knuckled journey in these suspenseful and gripping psychological thrillers.

 

*  DAWN GIRL

Her beautiful face is caught in the final moment of death, lips slightly parted where the last breath escaped. Her unseeing blue eyes are wide and fearful. A few flecks of sand, sparkling in the morning light, cling to her long, dark lashes.

Who is the beautiful girl found dead at dawn, on a deserted stretch of golden sand? What is her secret?

FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for the answers to the baffling crime and with each step, each new clue uncovered, she unravels more unsettling facts that lead her to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the first. Her killer has done this before.

Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Tess must face her innermost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to strike again.

But can she find him in time and prevent another murder? And even if she does, what will the personal cost be?

The rules of the game have changed. And so now, has the definition of a serial killer.

 

*  THE WATSON GIRL

Can she remember what happened that night, before the killer she thought was caught can strike again?

Join the ingenious and strong-willed FBI Agent Tess Winnett in her action-packed search for the prolific serial killer who once made a mistake. Addictive!

She’s unharmed but not unscathed.

For fifteen years Laura Watson believed her family’s killer had been caught and was awaiting execution on death row. While she moves on with life with her adoptive family, she also lives in terror and uncertainty of the fear that she will one day remember what really happened that night.

She’s The Watson Girl.

As a therapist conducts regression session treatments in an attempt to bring back Laura’s lost memories, little does she know that the closer she gets to the truth, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is ready to silence her for good, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night.

She’s a serial killer’s loose end.

Smart, relentless and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team now search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden, but who is now ready to strike once more to silence one last remaining witness.

Tess will hold nothing back to stop the killer before he takes another innocent life. Even risking her own in the process.

 

*  GLIMPSE OF DEATH

Her beautiful face, serene and immobile, resting on her folded arm. Her long, luscious hair, undulating gently in the evening breeze. Her eyes half-closed, and a hint of a smile on her pale lips, as if to welcome an unseen lover.

When the body of a young woman is found in her own backyard, a week after her disappearance, evidence leads investigators to a chilling conclusion. She is not the first victim of a serial killer no one knew existed. She most definitely won’t be the last.

FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett joins the detectives assigned to the case and searches for answers in the intriguing case that offers a plethora of forensic evidence, yet no viable leads. When another body is found, the search intensifies and details into the killer’s unusual signature emerge. He likes to stalk his victims before abducting them. He likes to show them a flash of what’s coming, a foreboding warning of their grim future.

At first, she caught a glimpse of a man, standing in the shadows, watching her.
She thought she saw his eyes, and the sight of them chilled her to the bone.
She saw his hands, and they were the hands of a killer.
She caught a 
Glimpse of Death.

 

*  TAKER OF LIVES

How can you outrun a killer you won’t see coming?

The crimes: bewildering.

After a high-profile model is found dead, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett finds it hard to accept the findings that it was suicide and pushes for an investigation. But as she delves into the case, she uncovers things she never expected to find.

The evidence: disturbing.

As the killer embarks on a crime wave of terrifying scale, each new crime scene leads to more questions than answers. With little information and even less evidence, Tess must connect the dots of a deadly scenario with a large number of potential victims.

The contest: ominous.

As even the closest held secrets are revealed, Tess is slowly and irrevocably drawn to the only conclusion she can make: she’s not the one in charge; the Taker of Lives controls the game, the players and even the course of her own investigation.

And she knows that if she doesn’t find him soon, another beautiful, young girl will die tonight, and the blood will be on her hands.

The Taker of Lives might be closer than you think. Who’s watching you sleep tonight?

 

*  NOT REALLY DEAD

One number, one letter: 3D. Two characters, nine cuts, their edges always crossing, carved sharply into Danielle’s bleeding flesh. She’d seen it before. On his other victims’ bodies.

The crimes: horrifying.

After a high-profile victim survives a brutal attack in her own home, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett accepts to handle the investigation off-book. With every question she asks, the truth unveiled poses more questions but leads to only one possible conclusion: The Word Killer is back.

The evidence: disturbing.

The Word Killer has emerged after years of absence, more blood-thirsty and vicious than ever. Yet his identity remains hidden, a mystery figure among the city’s millions, despite DNA evidence left at each crime scene. An impulsive murderer, disorganized and lightning-fast, fuelled by an all-consuming rage that cannot be quenched. The worst kind of killer there is.

Then why did his latest victim survive? Why was Danielle still alive?

The memories: agonizing,

A strong sense of deja-vu brings unwanted memories from a buried past Tess never wanted to relive. But if she wants to save the lives at stake when the killer’s latest deadline expires, she has to embrace who she has once been: the victim, the survivor, the fighter.

If she makes one mistake, lives will be lost. If she doesn’t see him coming, lives will be lost. And the blood will be on her hands.

 

*  GIRL WITH A ROSE

Her body is frozen, unable to move. Her eyes are locked on the blood leaving her body in a steady string of droplets, collecting in the bone ash porcelain bowl engraved with intricate gold leaves. Her parted lips let out a shriek that no one hears. He just smiles and wipes her tears with cold fingers.

The girl: missing.

After fifteen-year-old Kaylee disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is assigned to the case that falls outside of the normal purview of the FBI. With every lead she uncovers, more questions are posed with only one possible, terrifying answer: there are others like her who have vanished, never to be seen or heard from again.

Is there a pattern in these disappearances? What happened to the others who have vanished? Is there a connection, or is Tess chasing shadows

The first twenty-four hours: critical.

Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make, one that could save the life of a young girl: was Kaylee’s disappearance a singular event, or was she the latest victim of a serial killer no one knew existed?

The odds of finding the girl alive drop with every second passing by and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.

 

*  MILE HIGH DEATH

The sea didn’t have her long enough to ravage her broken body. Her beauty is still intact, her pale lips slightly parted in the memory of her last breath, her dark hair clinging to her face in long, wavy strands. Every inch of her skin bears testimony of her terrifying fate at the hands of the man who never expected her to be found.

After the body of a brutally murdered young woman is recovered from the Gulf of Mexico far from shore, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is called in to assist with the profiling of the murderer. Although only one body has been found, every detail about the gruesome crime points to the work of a serial killer.

Have there been others, left to die far at sea, where no one will ever find them? Is there a connection to be found, or is Tess searching for evidence that doesn’t exist?

Partnering with Detective Michowsky, Tess is frantically looking for answers in the case that left no evidence other than a body that was never supposed to be found. How many others perished like her? And how many others will?

 

*  THE GIRL THEY TOOK

Where her daughter had played Gretel in front of a cheering audience, only two faint stage lights remained.

The theater was deserted and eerily silent; the only sound she could hear was her own heart, pounding in a frenzy against her chest. She rushed outside and stopped sharply at the top of the stairs, stunned, her blood turned to icicles. Darkness had fallen, thick and filled with ocean mist, lampposts like ghosts sprinkling yellow haloes in the sky.

Paige was gone. They’d taken her little girl.

The girl: taken.

After eight-year-old Paige disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is called to investigate one of the boldest kidnappings the bureau has seen. The girl was taken from a theater filled with witnesses, in the middle of a children’s play. And no one saw anything.

Starting a frenzied search and following leads that seem to suggest a link to the girl’s father, the state district attorney, Tess is stunned to learn of a ransom call that points to an entirely different motive, old as time itself: money.

The first twenty-four hours: critical.

Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make: trust her instinct and follow the leads that seem to indicate an organized crime connection? Or give in to the demands of the parents and assist with the ransom payment?

The odds of finding Paige alive drop with every passing second, and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.

 

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The Detective Kay Sharpe Series
The Detectives Baxter and Holt Series
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