Deadly Places: A Mapleton Mystery Novella

Deadly Places: A Mapleton Mystery Novella

by Terry Odell

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Life is a balancing act. When you're a cop, the choices can be deadly.

Ed Solomon, long-time police officer in the small town of Mapleton, Colorado, has been ribbed for thinking there's a ring of assassins out killing deadbeat dads. However, he's convinced these killers exist and they're doing their dirty work from behind an innocuous-looking travel blog. Proving the ring exists has been a sideline investigation for him, but it's shoved further onto the back burner when Ed is forced to assume the duties of Chief.

Ed loves being a cop, but the Chief Stuff is getting him down. He's juggling his own police duties, mounds of paperwork, and keeping the mayor happy. With all the extra hours, family tensions are on the rise as well.

But when someone leaves an anonymous message for him at the station, handing him a new clue, he's determined to prove these assassins exist. Setting up a sting operation by posing as a deadbeat dad makes Ed a target. Will he catch the assassins before he becomes their next victim? This Mapleton Mystery novella brings Ed Solomon to the forefront in this fifth offering in the series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156670840
Publisher: Terry Odell
Publication date: 11/07/2015
Series: Mapleton Mystery , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 50,455
File size: 513 KB

About the Author

Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles, moved to Florida, and now makes her home in Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance. When she thought about it, she realized that her favorite mysteries were series where she could follow the developing relationships of the protagonist—to the point where she'd read the book twice; once for the relationship and again to follow the crime and its solution. So, she started reading romance, and found there was a genre that included mystery themes as well as a relationship.

Although her genre is labeled "romantic suspense", Terry prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." You can find more about her at her website,

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Deadly Places: A Mapleton Mystery Novella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read and enjoyed the mystery, the characters and the quality of books 1-4, plus the 5th installation, a novella, yet so good it gave me the satisfaction of reading a longer work. More please...and please add number of volume in series. With regards and appreciation to Terry O'Dell
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading your mapleton mystery. Loved it! Also enjoy your pine hills mysteries. Looking forward to the nxt ones in both mysteries. These are fun and clean stories and exciting. D
maggietoussaint More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased that Detective Ed Solomon got a story of his own. He’s been in the other Odell stories about Mapleton, Colorado, but finally he’s out from under Sheriff Gordon Hepler’s shadow. With the sheriff on leave, Acting Chief Ed Solomon is running the show in Mapleton. Though the longer hours and increased responsibilities take their toll, Ed is increasingly drawn to case he’s been working on for a long time, the Deadbeat Dad Case. Another deadbeat dad is found dead nearby, and Ed believes the death is linked a popular social media outlet. All too soon, the message becomes clear to Ed. If he’s going to catch this wily serial killer, he has to be all in. Deadly Places is a solid police procedural in novella length written by a skilled author. I very much enjoyed returning to Mapleton. It felt like Old Home Week. I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Maggie Toussaint and Rigel Carson for Muddy Rose Reviews
KarleeB More than 1 year ago
I received an advance reading copy of this book. The Mapleton Police Chief has been suspended, and Ed Solomon has been appointed a reluctant interim Chief in this sleepy Colorado town. Because there isn’t a lot of police action in Mapleton, Ed has a history of looking for trouble where there isn’t any, and his latest pet project is looking for a deadbeat dad killer connected to a travel blog. As the interim Chief, now he’s bogged down with paperwork and administrative duties, leaving him little time to chase “zebras” when he hears hoof beats. For those familiar with the “Deadly” Mapleton series, this is a peek into Solomon’s life, his family, his thought processes, and of course, understanding his need to connect all the dots in the case he’s been chasing. The “deadbeat dad” case brought danger to his doorstep at the end of Deadly Production, and the stakes are raised in this novella. Against the wishes of his wife, Ed sets himself up as the next target in the deadbeat dad killing organization. A satisfying conclusion to the deadbeat dad storyline that has run through the last several Mapleton books.