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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 3: The Fifteenth Letter


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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.


For the past fifteen years, on the anniversary of his arrest for armed robbery, Zeke Carfi has received a threatening letter signed by the wife of his deceased partner in crime.

Zeke's daughter Amber, Falcon's Bend Police Department's newest patrol officer, has spent fifteen years holding onto a secret that could further condemn the father she'd worshiped as a child. When Zeke is released on parole, Amber finds herself questioning everything she's ever believed. Is Zeke the good man she once knew? How could the father who'd made her the center of his world for the first seven years of her life be a criminal? Is it possible to turn from a life a crime, or is it true that once a criminal always a criminal? 

Their reconciliation is cut short when Amber discovers the fifteenth letter...and the key to a fifteen-year mystery that could lead to murder. 

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 11, 2018, 21:14
    5 star review from Huntress Reviews
    5 star review from Coffee Time Romance
    5 star review from Dark Angel Reviews
    5 star review from The Romance Studio
    The Romance Studio Sweetheart Award Winner
    5 star review and Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews
    5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers' Favorite

    5 Stars and Reviewer Top Pick! “Welcome back to Falcon's Bend, where we meet the newest patrol officer Amber Carfi. She gets the news that her father, Zeke is getting paroled and coming to live with her. He's been in prison for 15 years for armed robbery. Each year on the anniversary of what was supposed to be his and his partner's biggest heist, he gets a letter. He got caught when his partner, Nelson, decided to take a life and ended up paying for that life with his own. Nelson's family blamed Zeke for his death so every year he get a letter on that day as a reminder of what happened. The [local] department knows about Amber's dad's past, his arrest, as well as his release. Now things become interesting. Amber gets her dad's diary and, while she goes to pick him up, it was stolen. Inside the binding was a key that she found when the binding came loose. She gave it to her partner, Jensen, for safekeeping. Could this have something to do with her father's release and has he actually mended his ways or is he still after the big score? Take another trip to Falcon's Bend to see if Pete, Danny, Amber, and Jensen can follow the clues left behind to uncover the threat to her father and her before it’s too late. I love how all three of the books have included the elements of the earlier books. I have to agree that these are standalone novels. However, to thoroughly enjoy this series, you need to read them all. As the saying goes, ‘You can't have (read) just one.’ Sit back and enjoy the small town life at Falcon's Bend.” ~Night Owl Reviews
    5 Pixies! "The FIFTEENTH LETTER evoked, for me, Dell Shannon's Luis Mendoza and McBain's 87th Precinct. This is small town USA, however, not the big city. This doesn't mean the crimes are small though. I didn't read the first two books in this series and that's often a handicap. As a general rule, I like to start with the first one. The authors of THE FIFTEENTH LETTER did such an exceptional job of bringing me up to date on the relationships without it feeling like that's what they were doing. I in no way felt that I was missing something, as so often happens when you read a series out of order. The camaraderie between the characters flows easily. They really care about each other and it shows. Amber isn't made to feel like a token, being the only woman officer. Then again, she was the only female player on the football team. That's where she met her partner, Jensen. I really enjoy her. She's not real girlie but deep down she's feminine. She has a soft side; she just doesn't know how to show it. I especially like the evolution of her relationship with Jensen. It all rings true. I appreciate the characters interactions, not only at work but in their personal lives as well. The mystery/crime is excellent. The past does come back to haunt you and karma is brutal, especially when it comes in the form of Kiah Roberts and Roman Salim. That people like that really exist is scary enough, but when they get together it's truly frightening. Toward the end of the book, I found myself leaning into my screen and so tense my neck hurt. That's how intense the action got. If you're a fan of Shannon, McBain or just excellently executed procedurals, I highly recommend THE FIFTEENTH LETTER. I know I'll be reading the prior books and the fourth installment." ~Dark Angel Reviews
    5 hearts! “Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler continue this well done series of mysteries with another great one. Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen take center stage this time. Their fledgling romance can't seem to get off the ground. Not many of us would want to have a criminal element adding life and death struggles that help goad us along in our relationships. For Amber and Warren it seems like that's what it takes before they can admit their feelings for one another. Part of the draw of this great series is that the characters go through some of the same upheavals in their lives as the reader. Like regular human being everywhere they compartmentalize their own problems into a private space to deal with when the needs of others isn't at the forefront of their lives. This series is as addictive as your favorite TV show! The officers of the police force and the town has grown on me more with each story. I sincerely hope Mss. Wiesner and Spindler will continue to dream up more villains for these characters to handle so the books can continue for a long time.” ~The Romance Studio
    5 stars! “An excellent story with a lot of mystery, drama, and excitement. It is obvious to me that the authors, Wiesner and Spindler, complement each other's writing styles. Every single character is well developed and the emotions seem real. Totally fascinating!” ~Huntress Reviews
    5 cups! "THE FIFTEENTH LETTER is the third book in the Falcon’s Bend Series. While it is a standalone read, it has enough hints at the past that you will soon find yourself wanting to read the previous books. The authors worked well together and created characters that are strong and complement each other while remaining independent. Along with a totally original twist on the ‘sins of the father’ theme that is the base of this story. I hope to find both Amber and Warren happy in the next installment of this police series." ~Coffee Time Romance and More
    5 Stars! “Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler weave a mystery that keeps the reader on edge throughout THE FIFTEENTH LETTER. Without a doubt the authors write with an intensity that kept me immersed. I felt I was with Amber Carfi at every turn in her search for the truth. At the same time their characters’ personalities and quirks demonstrated both their best and unscrupulous sides which adds to entertainment for the reader. Descriptions easily allowed me to imagine the lives as well as scenes throughout the novel. The authors fulfilled the promise of a good read while creating an easy flow of action from page to page. I look forward to reading other books in the Falcon Bend Series.” ~Readers’ Favorite
    4 stars! “Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler never disappoint their readers. THE FIFTEENTH LETTER offers readers an edgy, page turner. The story is intricately woven threads all leading to a climax that will surprise readers. Mysterious globes, maps, diaries, bank robberies, kidnappings, and romance are all combined into one thrilling story.” ~ReviewYourBook.com
    4 stars! “Once again Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler’s police procedural, THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, conveys the reader to Falcon’s Bend where twenty four year old Patrol Officer Amber Carfi and her partner Warren Jensen, who is a decade older, have been working the Christmas holiday to allow those having families time at home. The pair has no yearning for spending holidays home and alone. Jensen has not quite recovered from the death of his wife. It was 4 years ago that Jen died due to ovarian cancer. Carfi is not certain how she feels regarding her father’s impending parole hearing. Abruptly the crackle of the car radio jars them back to reality, a bank robbery is in progress. From that opening the reader is initiated into a mystery filled with distrust, expectation, death, aspiration, tracking devices, pandemonium, abduction and trepidation. A diary, deliberately aged to create the appearance that it is older than it is, kidnapping, torment, an assortment of stolen maps, bank thefts, and even romance are all included on the pages. Overflowing with energy, joie de vivre and air of mystery, THE FIFTEENTH LETTER is a commendable account transporting the reader along on a breathless ride. That authors, Wiesner and Spindler, reinforce each other's writing approach is unmistakable, transitions are faultless, characters are abundantly developed, settings are detailed to draw the reader into the sequence of events, storyline is plausible and emotions exhibit are believable. This book conveys an exhilarating many-sided page-turner offering readers all the excitement and conundrum they may look forward to when reading an edgy police procedural mystery. That puzzling globe, along with the group of maps, menace, more than one stray bullet, and even the commencement of a romance are all combined into one rousing chronicle. Watch the red herrings! Happy to recommend this book for those who take pleasure in a good mystery well done, and in particular for those who have a preference for police procedurals. While I do not keep all the books I receive for review, this is one that I will be keeping on my own library shelf.” ~Molly’s Reviews
    Rating: Memorable! “Lots going on in THE FIFTEENTH LETTER. All and all Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler have written a great mystery, filled with suspense and even some romance thrown in. The book grabbed my attention and held it until the end. The plot was new and inventive as well as plausible. I found THE FIFTEENTH LETTER a well written, well plotted mystery/suspense well worth the read. I will definitely go find the first two in the series and watch for the next. These are two great authors.” ~ WRDF Reviews
    "This is a gripping drama about a girl who lost her father at a young age, now trying to be a tough cop who doesn't need any man in her life, not her father and not her partner. Zeke leads Amber and others searching for the money on a merry chase that puts Amber's life in danger. The book is well written and suspenseful." ~BookLoons Reviews
    5 Stars! "This is an exciting suspense thriller supported by a mystery (Amber’s need to know why her hero father turned bank robber) and a hint of romance (between the police partners). The key to this interconnected family drama is all the prime players--from the Salim and Carfi families--behave plausibly with vengeance and death being the links. Fans will relish this fine tale as the truth will not set anyone free because the pivotal moment in the past will always haunt those still living." ~The Mystery Gazette
    “When two talented writers put their creative minds together, the Falcon’s Bend Series is the result. Amber Carfi is a character that all tomboys can relate to. She is carving her way in a man’s world and doing so successfully. I like this character because she is strong and ethical in spite of her personal hardships. Warren Jensen is a character you can’t help but fall in love with. He loved his deceased wife and is battling his own demons when it comes to the new exciting relationship he is developing with Amber. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and hope it continues their relationship.” ~Writers Unlimited
    "A daughter's love for her father is tested in the third installment of the Falcon's Bend Series. A taut mystery is the reward for the reader who sticks with this story to the end." ~ RT Book Reviews
    "I stepped into the Falcon's Bend mystery series with book three, THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, and I wish I'd found the police duo of Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen long ago. Amber Carfi can be as unorthodox as Grace Anakarko on the hit television series Saving Grace, but Amber doesn't stray too far from the straight and narrow. She's had to work doubly hard to achieve the rank she has because she's the daughter of a convict. Fifteen years before, her father was convicted of armed robbery and shooting his partner while committing the crime. Amber knows what he did, but has always visited him in prison and even testified at all of his parole hearings. When her father is released on parole, she thinks it will be a warm reunion with the father who used to devise elaborate codes and puzzles with her. What she doesn't realize is that her father has left some unfinished business that puts not only his life and her own in danger but that of her partner Warren Jenson as well, a partner who is becoming more than just someone to share a stake-out with. The writing team of Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler have crafted a thrilling page-turner with realistic characters I really liked! Amber and Warren are both tough and hold back their emotions so sometimes I just wanted to scream at them to talk to each other. But that was just the kind of tension Wiesner and Spindler wanted to create and it really cranks up the sizzle. I can't wait to catch up with Amber and Warren in their next book ROMANTIC NOTIONS." ~MyShelf.com

  • Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:28
    On November 23, 1989, Serena Salim sat in the car as her husband, Nelson, robbed a bank. Her young son, Roman, sat beside her. In the bank with Nelson was his partner-in-crime, Zeke Carfi. When Zeke realized Nelson was about to shoot the bank manager, Zeke stopped him. Unintentionally, Nelson ended up dead. As Serena and Roman witnessed Zeke being arrested and Nelson being carried out in a body bag, they vowed revenge against Zeke for the death. Zeke began his thirty year prison sentence.

    Fifteen years later (2004), Zeke is paroled. His twenty-four-year-old daughter, Amber, is a patrol officer in Falcon's Bend. Amber gets a room ready for her father so he can live with her and she can keep an eye on him. Amber's partner of two years is Warren Jensen. He has been a good friend of Amber's for over five years. Amber and Warren often do things together off duty. The two friends are attracted to each other, but keep their emotional distances. Yet when someone begins following Amber, breaking into her residence more than once, and even tries to kidnap her, Warren takes it as personally as Amber. As things heat up, so does the relationship between the two partners.

    ***** An excellent story with a lot of mystery, drama, and excitement. It is obvious to me that the authors, Wiesner and Spindler, compliment each other's writing styles. Every single character is well developed and the emotions seem real. Totally fascinating! *****
  • Harriet Klausner (Amazon customer)
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:26
    exciting suspense thriller

    In 1989 Nelson Salim and Zeke Carfi entered a bank to rob it while the former's wife Serena sat in the getaway car with their son Roman. When Nelson started to kill the bank manager, Zeke interceded. Nelson ended up dead while Zeke went to prison. Nelson's wife and child vowed vengeance on Zeke and his kin.

    Every year on the anniversary of the botched bank job, Zeke receives a letter from his late partner's bitter widow. Fifteen years later, Zeke's twenty-four years old daughter Amber is a patrol officer assigned to the Falcon's Bend Police Department for the past two years. Now that Zeke is out of prison, Amber is confused how to deal with her father whom she worshipped as her hero when she was a small child. Still she asks him to move in with her; mostly because she hopes to keep him out of trouble. However, when she receives THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, she understands what occurred to destroy her image. Now someone is stalking Amber and her police partner Warren Jensen vows to keep the woman he is attracted to safe.

    This is an exciting suspense thriller supported by a mystery (Amber's need to know why her hero turned bank robber) and a hint of romance (between the police partners). The key to this interconnected family drama is all the prime players from the Salim and Carfi families behave plausible with vengeance and death being the links. Fans will relish this fine tale as the truth will not set anyone free because the pivotal moment in the past will always haunt those still living.
  • Angibabi4 for
    Aug 27, 2017, 05:24
    Stands Alone / But Read Them All
    Top Pick

    Welcome back to Falcon's Bend where we meet the newest patrol officer Amber Carfi. She gets the news that her father, Zeke is getting paroled and coming to live with her. He's been in prison for 15 years for armed robbery. Each year on the anniversary of what was supposed to be his and his partner's biggest heist, he gets a letter. He got caught when his partner, Nelson decided to take a life and ended up paying for that life with his own. Nelson's family blamed Zeke for his death so every year he get a letter on that day as a reminder of what happened.

    The department knows about Amber's dad's past, his arrest, as well as his release, now things become interesting. Amber gets her dad's diary and while she goes to pick him up it was stolen. Inside the binding was a key that she found when the binding came loose. She gave it to her partner, Jensen for safe keeping. Could this have something to do with her father's release and has he actually mended his ways or is he still after the big score?

    Take another trip to Falcon's Bend to see if Pete, Danny, Amber, and Jensen can follow the clues left behind to uncover the threat to her father and her before its too late.

    I love how all three of the books have included the elements of the earlier books. I have to agree that these are standalone novels, however to thoroughly enjoy this series you need to read them all. As the saying goes, "You can't have (read) just one." Sit back and enjoy the small town life at Falcon's Bend.
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