Deadly Secrets

Deadly Secrets

by Terry Odell

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Mapleton, Colorado's police chief, Gordon Hepler, would rather be on the streets than behind a desk dealing with budgets and the town council, but he promised his late mentor he'd accept the position. And to Gordon, a promise is a promise, even if the person you made it to isn't around anymore. However, doubts creep in, and he wonders if he was shoved into the job because his mentor thought he couldn't cut it on the streets.

Everything changes when a fatal traffic accident well outside Mapleton seems connected to elderly Rose and Sam Kretzer, two of Mapleton's most beloved citizens. The arrival of Megan, the Kretzer's grown ward, and Justin, their grandson add to his troubles when Megan is mugged. In addition, Justin is renovating his grandparents' house despite their objections, and then someone breaks in and the house is ransacked. When Gordon ties the car accident to a grisly murder in Mapleton--the first anyone in town can remember--he's afraid he's into more than he bargained for.

His fears are realized when his investigation seems to link the Kretzers to a Nazi war criminal. Can he work with the big-city detective brought in to assist? Will he be able to solve the crime without revealing the secrets of his citizens?

DEADLY SECRETS revolves around a secret journal kept by a Nazi during WWII, and the lengths people will go to protect those they love. Set in a small Colorado community, Deadly Secrets deals with people trying to do what they think is right while protecting those they love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013478893
Publisher: Terry Odell
Publication date: 12/03/2011
Series: Mapleton Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 1,272
File size: 649 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 primary genre is labeled "romantic suspense", Terry prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." DEADLY SECRETS is the author's first "pure" mystery, although the relationship potential is still there.

You can find more about her at her website,

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Deadly Secrets 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Agonzales More than 1 year ago
Deadly Secrets is a one of a kind mystery, infused with multi-dimensional characters, nail biting twists, and an ending that you¿ll never see coming. This small town mystery is hiding a very large secret¿ I couldn't put it down! Odell has proven herself to be an extremely talented mystery writer. I can¿t wait to read the next book in the Mapleton Mystery Series.
CarterkidCO More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns, and characters I identified with. Not the author's usual romantic suspense, but there's definitely relationship and series potential here. An excellent mystery debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Terry Odell and have now read most of her books. I will continue to read anything she puts out as I've not been disappointed yet. Interesting and fast-paced and not necessarily on edge of seat, but a page-turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ended a little abruptly . . . But a good read. Mystery with a touch of romance
Anonymous 9 months ago
This story is well rounded. Multiple stories in one and all very good. I like it a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit of an abrupt ending! Another chapter to extend the relationships would have been nice. But all and all it was an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest from the beginning!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caught my attention right away becaue the mystery seemed promising, but it quickly became quite tedious so I skimmed the last half.  It can't decide if it's a mystery or a romance novel:  It has the bones of a good police procedural but the author throws in some gratuitous scenes that have nothing to do with the mystery plot.  The book is also wordy and the character development is feeble. 
LynzeeRose More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of cozy mysteries, those that don't keep me up nights afraid to close my eyes and those that don't make me part of a three-some sex scene. The Mapleton Mystery series is a good mystery, great characters, and an enjoyable read. I liked this book a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't care for romance novels, and although there was an interesting mystery, there was more romance than I expected. Unless there was some rough condensing of the story by B and N for the Nook, the author jumped from one scene to the next making me think I missed a page.
julieaz More than 1 year ago
I have read most of her books and am a real fan!
Anonymous 2 days ago
Is there a checklist for writers? Hair, fists on hips, bathrooms, vomiting, snorting, etc.? This author has them all. Even police officers in the midst of a murder investigation stroll around. This is a good story, pretty well written, but it does need to be proofread. It would have been better to have omitted the vulgarity and curse words. They added nothing to the story. Grammar: The word "them" is not singular! In/into. Was/were in some places. "Me and ..." is so illiterate! You/your. Me/my. it/he. Missing "that" in places. Think a little more about the word, "swept." The personality of the antagonist doesn't run true. Sometimes, she's forceful and insists upon her own way; sometimes, she's weak and led around; always, a man is holding her. This really is a good story, and I'll will look for more of this author's books. dk
Anonymous 3 days ago
I enjoyed the book very much and will recommend it.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed this book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this story will read more by this author
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book kept my attention all the way through. I was moved by the talk of the holocaust. Very good writing!
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Could not put this book down until the end. Can’t wait to read Terry Odell’s other books.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Read this in a day . Couldn't put it down .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read from this author, but it certainly won't be the last! Excellent book with a well thought out plot, and a lot of time spent developing the characters. Any book that keeps me up reading until after 5AM is definitely well written. I will leave it at that, but would highly recommend it... especially if you don't have to get up early the next day!
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This one kept me guessing all the way! I loved the characters and the peek into living in a small town. The plot was very crest and I would recommend this to anyone who loves a mystery.