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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 1: Degrees of Separation

Score: 4.80 (votes: 5)

Who is killing the midnight ladies? 

Falcon's Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days. Teenagers talk of escape from a one-horse town like Falcon's Bend because nothing ever seems to happen...until one fateful night when a dancer from the town's scandalous strip joint is found strangled. 

It soon becomes clear to Investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent that the close-knit "family" at the nightclub is a bizarre breeding-ground for unbalanced feelings and obsessions. Pete and Danny race to peel away layers of bitterness before another girl falls victim to the dance of death. 

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  • Angie Fletcher (Amazon)
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:02
    Degrees of Separation is the first book in the Falcon's Bend Series and it was a page turner with twists and turns to boot. If you like a book with a lot of twists and turns this is definitely the book for you. I loved how the story kept me guessing and it will keep you guessing all the way through to the end. You won't believe who did it. Sit back and kick off your shoes and welcome to Falcon's Bend.
  • Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:00
    Twin girls are separated at birth and adopted by different couples. The frail twin went to a rich couple, so she could receive any medical treatments she may need. The strong twin went to a poor couple on the wrong side of tracks. Twenty-one years pass...

    In Falcon's Bend, Wisconsin, Lieutenant Pete Shasta is thinking only about seducing his wife when his partner, Danny Vincent, shows up at the door about a murder. The body of a stripper from "Danse de Minuit", a gentleman's club, has been found in the park. Pete and Danny soon realize that the investigation will not be a quick. The club has only about a half dozen "dancers". Oddly, they all live in the same house as the club's owner, Andre Trelawney, and his timid wife, Melody. None of the dancers will talk without Andre's permission. They all seem to be either in love with Andre or to loathe him. Andre has the birth certificate of each dancer, showing all to be of legal age. Yet they physically look like minors. Stranger still, the wife is an identical twin of one of the dancers and acts as though she fears her husband. Of course Pete and Danny cannot prove that any prostitution is going on. Nor can they prove the ladies are younger than their birth certificates claim. However, none of the ladies have any solid history before two years ago. None of them has a checking account either. They DO have savings accounts, but all deposits have been made by Andre and there has never been a single withdrawal.

    Everyone seems to have a motive for killing the victim. The case is going to be difficult to solve. The worst things are that Andre seems to be extremely possessive of ALL his dancers and Danny is falling in love with Melody. The atmosphere is pregnant with danger and the possibility of another murder is high.

    ***** Here is a "who dunnit" that will intrigue all mystery fans! It is loaded with twists and turns to keep you guessing until close to the end. Every time I thought that I had figured it out another juicy surprise would pop up. The novel focuses mainly on the case. The subplot, involving Danny, is pretty subtle but seems to round out the novel wonderfully. I can only hope that the authors allow me to visit the town of Falcon's Bend again in the near future. *****
  • Diane T. for Fallen Angels Reviews
    Aug 27, 2017, 04:59
    it would make a great series and would definitely give shows like NYPD Blue ...

    5 Angels! "Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler are two ladies who know how to write a spellbinding whodunnit that will have you hanging on their every word. I found myself totally absorbed with the characters and the plot in this tale of murder and mayhem. If this story were set to film, it would make a great series and would definitely give shows like NYPD Blue and Law & Order a run for their ratings. Karen and Chris have created a story that will have you coming back for more. I look forward to reading the second installment in the series called TEARS ON STONE coming in 2005."
  • Maura for Coffee Time Romance & More
    Aug 27, 2017, 04:51

    From the ominous beginning to the surprising climax, this is one story that had me hooked and unable to stop reading. The characters are vividly drawn and the plot is a suspenseful page turner. I loved the FBPD’s intense investigation which is very well done. The authors do a wonderful job of describing the hold Andre has over his little harem and why they stay despite it all. The budding romance between Melody and Danny is intense and fraught with conflict due to Melody’s fears and lack of trust with Pete’s stable relationship with the very patient Lisa as a counterpoint.
  • Hotcha
    Aug 27, 2017, 04:48
    what an awesome story of jealousy

    Someone is killing the midnight ladies of a strip club in a small Wisconsin town. The town had more churches than bars and townsfolk knew each other. When a young boy found a dead body in a park where toddler's often played, he ran to the liquor store to get help. Falcon's Bend never had this much excitement and the whole town talked about it. Investigators Pete Shasta and his partner Danny Vincent knew they had to tread softly to get answers from the strippers, but their phoney French boss and owner of the club insisted on his presence with the interviews. It became clear to Pete and Danny that this close knit "family" would say whatever their boss wanted them to save and they way Andre had his hands all over them it was apparent that he was taking liberties with them all, but his wife was definitely afraid of him while her twin sister just gobbled up his attention!!!

    Wow, oh wow, what an awesome story of jealousy, greed, and murder! I never wanted to put this book and am delighted that there will be more of The Falcon's Bend series!
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