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Violet Dawn

Violet Dawn, September 2006
Kanner Lake series
by Brandilyn Collins

Zondervan
Featuring: Paige Williams
336 pages
ISBN: 0310252237
EAN: 9780310252238
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"An excellent beginning to a new mystery series."

Fresh Fiction Review

Violet Dawn
Brandilyn Collins

Reviewed by Melissa Kammer
Posted October 20, 2006

Inspirational Mystery

Welcome to Kanner Lake, a small idyllic town in northern Idaho. The most newsworthy event to happen to the town in recent history was the moving in of Edna San, an old time movie star. Now Edna San is missing, and the town is full of suspects, as half the town has taken a dislike to the woman. The publicity this news brings to Kanner Lake has the power to sink the tourism industry that the town thrives on. Will Kanner Lake survive the disappearance of Edna San?

Paige Williams is running from a past she wishes to keep secret. However, some disturbing events in the middle of the night threaten to take her away from the haven she has found in Kanner Lake. Will she make the right decisions? Will her past catch up with her?

Bailey Truitt and Sarah Wray are local business owners. Their livelihoods depend on the tourists that come to town. Bailey runs the Java Joint and writes a blog to help encourage tourism. Sarah runs Simple Pleasures and employs Paige. Will this news sink their businesses?

Leslie Brymes is a budding newspaper reporter. She seizes the opportunity to make it to the big time by capitalizing on Edna San's disappearance. She wants to help solve the crime like her idol, TV news reporter, Milt Waking. Will she be able to take hold of her dream? Will she help solve the crime?

Vince Edwards is the local police chief. After finding Edna's guard dog dead, he fears that Edna San is not just missing but has been murdered. As evidence keeps mounting against a single person, he begins to wonder if the person has been set up. Will he be able to solve the mystery surrounding Edna San's disappearance?

Brandilyn Collins is a magnificent storyteller. She has the ability to weave the past with the present and to intertwine the people's lives to tell her tale. VIOLET DAWN gives us the view of the townspeople as well as the view from the killer. Ms. Collins has written another fantastic mystery and VIOLET DAWN is a great beginning to a new series. I will be on the lookout for CORAL MOON, the second book in the Kanner Lake series.

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SUMMARY

Something sinuous in the water brushed against Paige’s knee. She jerked her leg away. What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand.

Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers.

Hair?

She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. Something solid bumped her wrist. Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out.

Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night—and finds herself face to face with death.

Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice.

In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith’s first glimmer. One woman’s secrets unleash an entire town’s pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.


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