Dead men tell no tales. Is that why Tom Griffin is lying near death in a Cape Cod hospital? Because of what he could reveal about Waltower – a top secret government project underway at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute?
That’s what Amy Lynch aims to learn. As an investigator for New England Casualty and Indemnity, Amy’s job is to look into the supposed accident that put Tom into a coma. Amy has a personal stake as well. Tom Griffin is an old friend. Her first love. She struggles to keep her emotions in check as she seeks to discover what really happened to Tom. And why.
Amy fights her way through the sand-bagging she receives from WHOI. They say the project is need-to-know. Well, Amy needs to know. And the clearer the situation becomes to her, the greater the threat to her safety. Will she uncover the truth in time to save herself from the same fate as Tom?
Praise for Deep Secrets
“Norton draws on her experience working in the insurance to good effect in this latest series outing. … (She) manages to make insurance-related details as compelling as evidence collection in a conventional murder mystery. The plot is well-paced, the characters well-drawn … The protagonist’s clear sense of purpose helps her stand up to much larger men (she’s only 4 feet, 11 inches tall) … Her intelligence, determination and compassion help to round out her character. She may be hard-nosed, but she’s not hard-boiled. An entertaining, well-plotted mystery that offers good characterization and unexpected twists and turns.”
“If you love reading solid mysteries with a heroine you can identify with, then look no further than novelist P.K. Norton. “Deep Secrets” is her latest installment featuring the insurance investigator Amy Lynch. Amy is no ordinary sleuth and the mystery set in and around Cape Cod will keep you guessing to the end!”
Jordan Rich – WBZ iHeart Radio
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Does the past ever really leave us? Not in Amy Lynch’s world.
What starts out to be a well-deserved vacation for Amy – volunteering at an archaeological dig on the outskirts of Paris – turns ugly when the head archaeologist is found dead at the dig-site. A recently-uncovered relic from World War II threatens to expose treachery and betrayal from the time of the German Occupation. It endangers the life of anybody bold enough to delve into its significance.
New England Casualty & Indemnity, the insurance company where Amy works as a claims investigator, is insuring the dig. Amy’s world turns upside-down as she reverts from vacation mode to conduct a full-blown investigation. She meets with obstacles, resistance and threats to her own safety – as well as an adorable French detective – in her quest to unmask a traitor…
Praise for Dead Drop
“Norton has created an engaging protagonist in Amy, who is bright, brave and tenacious … The tale features a small cast of characters, as many players disappear shortly after being introduced, so Amy has to carry the narrative load. Fortunately, she’s up to the challenge; readers should quickly get invested in what happens to the feisty, heady heroine. With a neat twist in her fast-paced narrative, the author illustrates how events from 80 years in the past can affect people in the present, even Amy herself. Norton seamlessly blends history and mystery into a spellbinding thriller. This sequel accomplishes the unlikely feat of making an insurance investigator enthralling.”
“Dead Drop” review by Kirkus Reviews
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Everybody loves Chef Garcia’s key lime coconut petit fours. Some even say they’re to die for. When four guests die at a wedding at the Beaux Reves Hotel, the famous petit fours are blamed.
Insurance investigator Amy Lynch flies to Key West to prepare for a wrongful death suit. Her investigation is beset with problems. Hotel management pushes for a quick settlement regardless of fault. Local police call it a tragic accident. Potential witnesses are missing, deceased, or unhelpful. Amy fends off pressures from all sides and encounters death everywhere. The health inspector dies in an accident; the local reporter turns up drowned; a homeless woman Amy befriends is found dead. And deceased wildlife crosses her path more than once.
As she forges on in the face of these obstacles, Amy wonders if Key West is the tropical paradise of the travel brochures or a petri dish of death.
Praise for Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death
“Norton weaves realistic professional procedures and unexpected emotional jolts into the otherwise erotic flavor of Key West, creating a debut that will surely contend for all the ‘Best First’ awards.”
Author Jeremiah Healy
“An impressively crafted and unfailingly entertaining novel by a master of the genre, “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death” by P. K. Norton is the first volume of what promises to be a simply outstanding new series starring Amy Lynch, female investigator. While “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death” is very strongly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.95).”
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of the Midwest Book Review
“Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death kept me in suspense throughout the novel. I loved the twists and turns and although I suspected the villain, I wasn’t sure until the last chapter. A fine debut novel by an up-and-coming writer. I look forward to more Amy Lynch stories! . . . as an aside, what a great cover, so creative!”
“There is quite a bit of humor in these pages as Amy tries to investigate while feeling somewhat guilty about leaving her boyfriend to his own devises. So many suspects–but she can’t find them all–except the ones that are slowly being killed off!!
I think you will enjoy this one and as for me-well I’m looking forward to more in this series!”
“A destination wedding in sunny Key West is suddenly shrouded in tragedy when guests begin to fall ill and even die after partaking in a small patch of specialty key lime petit fours. The hotel wishes to quickly wrap up this horrific incident by settling with the families involved, but this sort of case needs an investigation. Amy Lynch, exceptionally focused insurance investigator, finds herself in charge of determining whether her company will need to pay out or if there is something more sinister behind the horrific events at the Beaux Reves Hotel.
Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death introduces us to Amy Lynch, who was inspired by the life of author P.K. Norton, an insurance investigator who has a keen eye for details and the foresight to dig in deep on her cases. Amy finds herself caught up in even more drama than she ever could have anticipated once she arrives at the Beaux Reves. Donald Magnussen, the hotel manager, insists that the case is handled and that the responsible party has already been let go. She refuses to let this seemingly too simple story go and begins examining every aspect of the case, which takes her throughout Key West. As she digs deeper Amy learns that there have been a number of mysterious deaths, some of which involve people closely connected to the Beaux Reves investigation. The more she investigates the more questions Amy has and when she thinks she’s getting close to an answer the danger around her dramatically escalates.
P.K. Norton develops her character not only as an investigator, but she also focuses on Amy’s connection to Key West itself. During the course of the novel her main character is coping with the fact that her fiancé Danny died there three years prior in an unexpected accident. She felt the case was bungled and has yet to find closure. Her current boyfriend, Pete, has come along for the trip and as she works to discover the secrets surrounding the wedding at the Beaux Reve, she also tries to work through her own feelings for Pete and the connection she still feels to Danny in Key West. Their relationship is tested throughout the novel, but watching Amy work through her past and her present relationships is an exceptionally well done addition.
I am a huge fan of mystery novels and was very intrigued by this series. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death is an exceptionally quick read and according to my mom, who happens to be the person that got me hooked on murder mysteries to being with, it would be considered a cozy. This is the sort of book you can curl up with for an evening and enjoy. While typically I suppose murder wouldn’t be considered a light topic, P.K. Norton provides you with an easy read that will keep you guessing until the big reveal. I would definitely recommend this for murder mystery lovers as well as for those who like a bit of intrigue in their romance.”