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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 2: Tears on Stone


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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 the one-horse town because nothing ever seems to happen. But, even here in the Heartland, police investigators Pete Shasta, Danny Vincent and Amber Carfi fight a never-ending battle to keep their beloved families and hometown safe and sound.


Is murder ever justifiable?


Falcon's Bend Police Department Investigator Pete Shasta's brother Jordan, is recently divorced and intent on putting his life back together for himself and his daughter.  

Jordan discovers that people have moved into the house next door to him and one of them is MaryEmma Gold, who'd lived in the house he now owns when he was a boy.  Jordan soon finds that his shy "Marigold" has become an even more withdrawn woman.  

MaryEmma's sister Shelley sleeps all day and parties all night. Seeing bruises all over MaryEmma's arms, Jordan asks his brother to check into her past.  Pete and his partner Danny Vincent discover that Shelley's husband died in a fire only a week before they came to Falcon's Bend.  The women left their jobs and lives behind abruptly.

Meanwhile, Shelley's new boyfriend is found near the dam, bludgeoned to death. As they uncover murder in the form of a conspiracy, Pete and Danny can't help noticing that Shelley Wilson leaves a trail of dead men behind her wherever she goes...and Jordan may be next.

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 11, 2018, 21:08
    5 star review from Lighthouse Reviews
    5 star review from The Romance Studio
    The Romance Studio Sweetheart Award Nominee
    5 star review and Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews
    5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers' Favorite
    4 1/2 star review from Ecataromance
    4 1/2 star review from Manic Readers
    4 1/2 star review from Huntress Reviews

    5 Stars and Reviewer Top Pick! “This is the second of the Falcon's Bend series and the authors do not disappoint. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Pete's brother, Jordan, has new neighbors. MaryEmma Gold, or "Marigold" as he nicknamed her long ago when he first met her. Marigold has changed; she still loves gardening but is withdrawn and unapproachable. Way different from when he knew her all those years ago. He comes up with the idea to have her bring back to life the stone garden, that has been neglected for many years, as a way to bring her back to life. Then he also has to figure out what is going on with her sister, Shelley and their other roommate Pam. Both are very secretive and wary of anybody who tries to make conversation with them. What is it that they are hiding, and could it jeopardize what he is trying to rekindle with Marigold? When Pete and Danny check things out there appears to be a lot more to the story than what is on the surface. All this makes for a very exciting and interesting story. Come on back to Falcon's Bend and sit a spell as you get taken on a roller coaster ride once again.” ~Night Owl Reviews
    5 beacons! "In book two of the Falcon's Bend Series, TEARS ON STONE, the reader is once more enthralled in a web of intrigue that is mesmerizing... Falcon's Bend is one small town that instills a certain quietness about it, yet really paints some wild sheering excitement. The emotion is tight and well written... Pete and Danny indeed have their days filled with trouble with this psychological chiller that once again has the reader on the edge of their seat. When Jordan was talking to MaryEmma and held onto her, I could feel the intensity and almost see all the painful expressions layered on their faces. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler have generated a most thrilling novel that has the reader wishing to ride shotgun with Pete and Danny. With more entertaining characters, these two talented authors have penned a well-developed plot and captivating story that is a winner. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler are so brilliantly ingenious that they have again created another masterpiece. This book is definitely a top-notch winner and that is why I rate it a 5." ~Lighthouse Reviews
    5 Stars! “Authors Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler really gain their stride in the pacing and momentum of TEARS ON STONE. And there are no throw-away characters. One of the most surprising and engaging sub-plots, for example, is the developing relationship between two little girls, three-year-old Ariel and Jordon’s six-year-old daughter, Nicole. In a subtle way, this relationship is a foil to the one among the grown women in the story. I found this book to be a tantalizing read, a page-turner that kept me up all night. You’ll want to read it yourself to find out if it has the same dangerous effect on you.” ~Readers’ Favorite
    "Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent are back for another thrilling mystery in TEARS OF STONE. This time we get to know more about Pete and Danny and their wives. We get to know Pete's brother, Jordan, Pete's younger brother. The authors compassionately draw us into the suffering of the abused women and children. This leads Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent into twists and turns of possible motives for this crime and, soon, for others. A bottle of champagne is merited by this book. It is a good mixture of a love story and a murder mystery wrapped up in a nicely coherent package. The sequel to a successful first book is often a disappointment. But TEARS OF STONE shows just how talented Karen Wiesner and Christine Spindler are. This reviewer awaits the following book in the Falcon's Bend Series." ~Cocktail Reviews
    5 hearts! "Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler continue this series with another suspenseful tale that's a real winner for romance and for keeping us guessing. Detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent both have issues they have to cope with in this one. Pete's brother may be involved with a killer. Danny's new marriage turns rocky. Still the two guys and new officer Amber Carfi show other not so dedicated officers of the law how it's done. These two great authors don't let Amber be just a token woman on the police force as her photographic memory and abilities help them wrap up the case. Mss. Wiesner and Spindler do a wonderful writing job as they blend the complex issues of abused women into the storyline. The characters run the gamut from stalkers to husbands who will abuse anyone who gets in their way.. We get an honest look at law enforcement officers who ignore abuse because they feel it's a spouses' right to dish out punishment. At the same time they don't feel the abused spouse has any right to self defense. It's easy to compare that to Officers Shasta and Vincent who may be small town detectives but their hearts are solid gold tempered by an ultimate belief that the system can work. This second book in the series is another example of writing that keeps us on the edge of our seat while still challenging us to think of the issues of abuse in a new light. The first two books plus the case file addition in the Falcon's Bend saga are highly recommended by this reviewer." ~The Romance Studio
    5 beacons! "In book two of the Falcon’s Bend Series, TEARS ON STONE, the reader is once more enthralled in a web of intrigue that is mesmerizing... Falcon’s Bend is one small town that instills a certain quietness about it, yet really paints some wild sheering excitement. The emotion is tight and well written... Pete and Danny indeed have their days filled with trouble with this psychological chiller that once again has the reader on the edge of their seat. When Jordan was talking to MaryEmma and held onto her, I could feel the intensity and almost see all the painful expressions layered on their faces. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler have generated a most thrilling novel that has the reader wishing to ride shotgun with Pete and Danny. With more entertaining characters, these two talented authors have penned a well-developed plot and captivating story that is a winner. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler are so brilliantly ingenious that they have again created another masterpiece. This book is definitely a top-notch winner and that is why I rate it a 5." ~Lighthouse Reviews
    4.5 stars! "Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler revisit Pete Shasta and the Falcon’s Bend Police Department as they solve a string of murders that seem to involve female members of the community. Someone killed abusive men from Falcon's Bend. Is the same killer responsible for all of the deaths or is something much darker infecting the people of Falcon’s Bend? This story is a mystery lover’s dream. It also has all of the elements of a good love story. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!" ~Ecataromance Reviews
    4.5 Stars! “TEARS ON STONE, Book 2, is another exceptional entry in the Falcon’s Bend Series. I have to admit to putting off reading this one for a while due to the subject matter. Books about abuse really affect me. I finally bit the bullet though because, without reading it, my appreciation of and for the series wouldn’t be complete. Just as I’ve come to expect, the flow is seamless, the plot tight and the mystery captivating. As has been the case with the others, the prologue always starts in the past. TEARS ON STONE is shades of grey. Very thought provoking, tense and seen from different perspectives. Right, wrong or indifferent, the letter of the law doesn’t always serve and protect victims of abuse as it should. The victim’s perspective is always heart-wrenching, especially when that victim is a child. The willing victim is, for me, anger-inducing and one of the hardest to understand. Giving your marriage your best shot is one thing, but there are limits. Then there’s the perspective of the law in the form of the Falcon’s Bend Police Department, including their two detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent. They know the law often fails and can cross the line into neglect and in some cases become dirty. They don’t always agree with what they have to enforce, but they do believe in the law—another of those grey areas. In my opinion, the Falcon’s Bend Series ranks right up there with Shannon and McBain for procedurals. I highly recommend TEARS ON STONE and the rest of the series to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted procedural mystery.” ~Manic Readers
    4 ½ stars! “Let me get to how much I enjoyed this story! There are a few sub-plots to keep things moving along at a brisk pace. I never found myself getting bored. The characters are well developed and I came to care for many of them. I look forward to more stories in Falcon's Bend.” ~Huntress Reviews
    4 Stars! “I’ve come to expect a high standard from Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler. Once again they live up to my expectations. The emotions run high as the authors focus on abuse. The dynamic duo does it again.” ~Readers Favorite
    4 stars! "Detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent investigate a murder that has surprising twists. The authors have done a terrific job of creating fully dimensional characters. While the expert detective work of Pete and Danny is highlighted, we also get a look at their off-duty life in the small Wisconsin town of Falcon's Bend." ~Romantic Times BOOKreviews
    4 angels! "Authors Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler have written a very intense story that deals with the very personal and touchy subject of abuse. I think these ladies did a fantastic job of bringing the subject to the forefront and dealt with it extremly well. I could feel the fear, pain and confusion coming off MaryEmma in waves and wanted her to have the warmth and safety she so deserved. The pain of Pam’s past also came through with her advice to MaryEmma and Shelly and at times I just wanted to jump into the pages and shake her! I really love a book that can make me feel that wide range of emotions, and I have to give TEARS ON STONE 4 Angels and say well done ladies!" ~Fallen Angel Reviews
    4 stars! "Centered on the terrible toll spousal abuse takes on women, their children and whole families, Book 2 of the Falcon's Bend Series, TEARS ON STONE presents a cast of characters who are not always as they seem [and] carry the narrative in breathless fashion toward a satisfying conclusion. Writers Wiesner and Spindler have crafted a well written, forceful tale focused on what remains at times an ignored, denied and prickly issue of spousal abuse. The helpless, hopelessness these women experience, particularly when they have children to protect, is well portrayed on the pages of TEARS ON STONE. The writers have done a remarkable job of bringing a thorny subject to the forefront as they weave a tale surrounding that which is understandable in scope, not permissible in the legalistic sense, however is sometimes the only method left to those who must deal with the impossible. The dread, hurt and bewilderment presented by each of the three main characters is palpable, different for each, and offers the reader opportunity to realize that we each react to adversity in our way. While not a true story, TEARS ON STONE brings home the point: There is no hard and fast do-this-or-do-that when irrational, abusive relationships are in play. Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend." ~Molly's Reviews
    3 elephants! “TEARS ON STONE is disturbing. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler quietly explore the issue of abuse while putting the spotlight on recognizing and surviving abusive relationships. But what happens when one sees abuse around each corner, in every relationship, with every man? Reading TEARS ON STONE, I felt the underlying pain and newfound happiness of the characters. The lostness of MaryEmma’s niece hurt this mother’s heart. TEARS ON STONE is a powerful stand-alone novel.” ~Christine Steeves Speakman
    "Settle into the back of the squad car and ride along with Lieutenant Pete Shasta and his partner, Danny Vincent, as they solve the latest murders in Falcon’s Bend. It seems that someone is killing off the abusive men in the town. Pam Garland has set up an abuse center for women. The deeper Pete and Danny dig into the Society of Survivors background, the muddier the facts. These two extraordinary detectives have more to untangle than a couple of murders. Something is not quite right in the Society of Survivors. The Falcon’s Bend stories spring from the fertile minds of Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler. Womens tears have made no impact on the stony hearts of the men who abuse them. That makes TEARS ON STONE the perfect title for this novel. I highly recommend this novel to any reader who loves mysteries and psychological thrillers." ~Writers Unlimited
    "Get ready for a great read! While it’s not essential to have read the first in the series, DEGREES OF SEPARATION, by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler, knowing the continuing characters in Tears on Stone adds a layer of familiarity and depth. For a small, one-horse town, Falcon’s Bend has more than its share of excitement. Police Lieutenant Pete Shasta and his partner Danny Vincent have their hands full when trouble comes to town in the form of three women with a hidden past that threatens to erupt into fireworks. Rich with emotion and intricate details in a framework packed with increasing suspense, I dare you to put down MaryEmma and Jordan’s story short of the explosive and satisfying ending." ~Liz Hunter, author of PLAIN JANE'S TIGHT END
    “I enjoyed the fact that I was kept guessing as to who the murderer might be. That it could even be the heroine in the novel made me read on into the night. The underlying love story couldn’t be rated anything but G, but this is no romance novel. The pacing was good, and each character grew within his or her world. Very short chapters. A good read.” ~WRDF Review
    "TEARS ON STONE is a good book that is thrilling, suspenseful and entertaining. Hidden in the pages you will find a sweet romance in which Ariel's Princess Marigold finds and marries her Prince George." ~BookLoons Reviews

  • Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:13
    stars4.5 stars!
    Twenty-nine years ago Dorothy Hawks killed her abusive husband in self defense. The law took away her two young children and placed her in jail. When released, Dorothy began "S.O.S." (Society of Survivors) to help teach other women how they could protect themselves and their children.

    Forty-nine year old Pam Garland is an abuse counselor and a major member of S.O.S. She often refers women to the organization. She has also been the legal guardian for MaryEmma and Shelley Gold since their abusive stepfather died years ago. Shelley had married an abusive man, Jack Wilson, and has a four-year-old daughter, Ariel. Ever since Jack died in a fire last year Shelley has been in depression. MaryEmma has taken over the role of caregiver to Ariel, hoping Shelley will get better. When disaster strikes, Pam has MaryEmma, Shelley, and Ariel pack quickly. They leave Springvale, Minnesota, without any notice to anyone. At MaryEmma's suggestion, they go to Falcon's Bend, Wisconsin, where MaryEmma spent the happiest time of her childhood (unknown to Pam).

    Jordan Shasta was eleven when MaryEmma moved away from Falcon's Bend. He never forgot her or the stone garden she loved. Now the stone garden in his back yard is an overgrown mess. Jordan's wife, Kaitlyn, walked out last year without a backward glance and moved to Dallas, Texas. Jordan has sole custody of their eight-year-old daughter, Nicole. When MaryEmma moves in next door, Jordan hopes to get to know her again. Nicole hopes Ariel will become her new best friend. MaryEmma now seems withdrawn and keeps to herself, but Jordan is not above using the excuse of wanting to revive the stone garden to draw her out and spend some time with her. Shelley sleeps all day and parties most nights with numerous men. All the while, Pam is setting up a new S.O.S chapter in town and keeping her wards on short leashes. It soon becomes obvious that, unknown to Jordan when he was childhood friends with her, MaryEmma's life has been one long nightmare ... and it is not over yet.

    ***** FOUR AND A HALF STARS! Let me warn readers in advance that there two scenes of rape flash-backs. They are short, but I understand that some readers prefer to pass on books with any scenes at all. There is a lot of physical abuse throughout the story as well, but most are just mentioned in passing. I do not believe anything in this story will trigger anything for those who have physical abuse in their (real life) backgrounds.

    That said, let me get to how much I enjoyed this story! Though there are two authors, I could never tell which parts were written by either. The duo must have the exact same writing style. There are a few sub-plots to keep things moving along at a brisk pace. I never found myself getting bored. The characters are well developed and I came to care for many of them. I look forward to more stories in Falcon's Bend. *****
  • Angibabi4 for Night Owl Reviews
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:10
    I enjoyed every minute of this book.

    5 Stars / Top Pick

    This is the second of the Falcon's Bend series and the authors do not disappoint.

    I enjoyed every minute of this book.

    Pete's brother, Jordan, has new neighbors. MaryEmma Gold, or "Marigold" as he nicknamed her long ago when he first met her. Marigold has changed; she still loves gardening but is withdrawn and unapproachable. Way different from when he knew her all those years ago. He comes up with the idea to have her bring back to life the stone garden, that has been neglected for many years, as a way to bring her back to life.

    Then he also has to figure out what is going on with her sister, Shelley and their other roommate Pam. Both are very secretive and wary of anybody who tries to make conversation with them. What is it that they are hiding, and could it jeopardize what he is trying to rekindle with Marigold?

    When Pete and Danny check things out there appears to be a lot more to the story than what is on the surface. All this makes for a very exciting and interesting story.

    Come on back to Falcon's Bend and sit a spell as you get taken on a roller coaster ride once again.
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