Karen’s Killer Book Bench: THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR, A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller Book 3 by Debra Webb #Harlequin #Intrigue


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A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller Book 3


A new neighbor…or a stranger next door?

Under-the-radar FBI agent Deacon Ross is on a mission of vengeance. He is in Winchester, Tennessee, to get it. After years away from home, Cecelia Winters is back to find her father’s killer. She’s faced with a hostile town fraught with danger—then she meets her new neighbor, Deacon. With two cases colliding and desire blindsiding them, will the search for the truth cost Cece and Deacon more than a future together?


A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller Book 3


Chapter One

Winchester, Tennessee
Friday, August 2


Cecelia Winters stared at the ugly word scrawled in red paint across the white front door. She glanced back at the taxi that was already speeding away down the dusty road. She sighed, dropped her backpack onto the porch.

Her brother Levi was supposed to have picked her up at the prison when she was released. Evidently, something had held him up. She went up on her tiptoes but still could not reach the ledge above the door. Surveying the porch, she decided a chair would work for what she needed. The two ladder back chairs and the swing had been a part of her grandmother’s front porch for as long as Cecelia could remember. The wicker plant stand that stood between the chairs was empty and in serious need of painting. Tiny flakes of faded white paint lay on the floor around it.

“Falling apart like everything else around here,” she grumbled as she dragged the chair to the door and climbed atop it.

The key lay on the dusty ledge just as it always had. It would be a flat-out miracle if the house wasn’t vandalized and cleaned out of anything worth taking. But Cece, as she had always been called, wasn’t complaining. Her grandmother had left her this old house with the ten acres that surrounded it. The walls were still standing and the roof appeared in reasonably good condition. Anything over and above that would be icing on the cake. Cece was enormously thankful to have a place to stay at all. What was left of her family had turned their backs on her a long time ago.

Except for her grandmother, her momma’s momma. She had never believed the lies. And her little brother—at least she had thought her brother had not turned on her. He had not shown up to pick her up when she was released so she could not be certain. Last month he had visited her at the prison. He had seemed fine and, frankly, over the moon that she would soon be free.

No one was happier about that than Cece. She had served her time.

She stared at the painted on red letters of the word once more before opening the door and stepping inside. No matter that it was barely two in the afternoon, gloom filled the house that had always been Cece’s refuge growing up. The shades, she realized. Moving from window to window, she tugged gently on the old roller style shades causing each one to slide upward and allowing sunlight into the house. Dust floated in the air, filtering through the rays of light like a thousand miniscule snowflakes in an old snow globe with yellowed glass.

Emily Broward had died one year ago. The house had sat empty, awaiting its new owner’s release from prison. Levi had sworn he had checked in on things from time to time but Cece could not be sure he had done so. The house was neat and clean—other than the dust—so she supposed he had dropped by on occasion. Her grandmother had been an immaculate housekeeper, so the neatness wasn’t surprising and likely had nothing to do with Levi’s drivebys.

The house was small. A living room, eat in kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath. There was an attic and a tiny brick walled and stone floored basement that was more a root cellar than an actual basement. Plenty roomy enough, her grandmother had always said. The furniture was the same as Cece remembered from her childhood. Emily Broward had been far too frugal to spend money on new furniture when what she had remained serviceable.

Which, Cece imagined, was how she had hung onto what was left of this small family farm for nearly half a century. Emily’s one and only child, a daughter and Cece’s mother, had died more than twenty years ago. So the place now belonged to Cece. In truth if not for this house, she would never have come back to the Winchester area. She had sworn she wouldn’t be back. Ever.

But here she was.

Really, what else could she do? She had nothing but the clothes on her back and the backpack she’d had with her when she was arrested nearly nine years ago. She had nothing. No money. No job. No family who cared—unless you counted her no-show brother.

Still, there was the matter of the truth. No matter that she had told herself a thousand times that she did not care, she did. Somewhere in this town, someone knew the truth and she wanted to find it. To prove she was not a cold blooded murderer. To show whoever cared to see that she was the good girl her grandmother Emily always believed her to be.

Pushing away the overwhelming and painful thoughts, Cece decided what she needed at this moment was paint. Didn’t matter what color. Anything to smear over the ugly word slashed across the front door.

About Author Debra Webb…

DEBRA WEBB is the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency and the Shades of Death series. She is the recipient of the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense as well as numerous Reviewers Choice Awards. In 2012 Debra was honored as the first recipient of the esteemed L. A. Banks Warrior Woman Award for her courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity. Recently Debra was awarded the distinguished Centennial Award for having achieved publication of her 100th novel. With this award Debra joined the ranks of a handful of authors like Nora Roberts and Carole Mortimer.

With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood when her mother bought her an old typewriter in a tag sale. Born in Alabama, Debra grew up on a farm and spent every available hour exploring the world around her and creating her stories. She wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the Commanding General of the US Army in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain and a five-year stint in NASA’s Shuttle Program that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has expanded her work into some of the darkest places the human psyche dares to go. Visit Debra at www.debrawebb.co


Links to Debra’s website, blog, books, etc.


Website: https://www.debrawebb.com


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Debra is giving away an ebook copy of THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.  Good luck!

Thanks, Debra, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


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21 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR, A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller Book 3 by Debra Webb #Harlequin #Intrigue

  1. Yvonne says:

    Love Debra Webb. Need to check this one out

    • Joyce Westmoreland says:

      I love Debra Webb. She never disappoints me. Her books are great. Thanks for the chance to win The Stranger Next Door ebook. This is so exciting. I love your blog and have subscribed to your newsletter.

  2. Latifa Morrisette says:

    Very intriguing

  3. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  4. Tamara Kasyan says:

    Sounds like a good read! I love her books. And Harlequin Intrigue books are a guilty pleasure of mine!

  5. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Debra, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love your books and can’t wait to dip into this one. Thanks for sharing your new release with us today!

  6. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    New to me author but not for long!
    Great excerpt!
    Thanks, Karen and Debra!

  7. Eileen AW says:

    Thanks so much for joining us and sharing an excerpt of your book. Sounds intriguing!! Adding it to my tbr list.

  8. Judy Tulloch says:

    Another author that’s new to me! i loved what I read in the Blurb and Excerpt. I’m definitely going to check out your books, Debra. Thank you for sharing!
    Thank you Karen!

  9. Helen Rodin Drake says:

    Hi Debra,
    That excerpt really grabs your attention! You are a new author to me and I look forward to reading this. Putting on my Want To Read list on Goodreads.

  10. Tessa Russ says:

    Debra is a wonderful author. I loved this book!

  11. Colleen C. says:

    Ooh sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jo Ann Reinhold says:

    Loved the book! It sure has a twist to it you don’t see coming!

  13. Lana Stanfield says:

    Debra is an amazing author! Every time I finish one of her books I start counting down the days until I can read her next one that she’s releasing. The Stranger Next Door was such an amazing book!

  14. Cindy Reifel says:

    Have already read this 5 STAR READ and, it was excellent. Not trying for e-book cuz, I already have it!
    Love ALL of Deb’s books!!!

  15. Lori says:

    Deacon is the Stranger Next Door. He’s a FBI agent gone rouge to make the person responsible for his good friend and fellow agents disappearance. Cece has just returned home and her mission is to find out who really killed her father. Deacon is her neighbor now and seems to be helping her survive the onslaught of hate from the town. Is his help too good to be true? Why is a virtual stranger saving her? Is he truly her friend, Cece doesn’t know what or who to trust.

  16. Cassandra Jones says:

    Absolutely love Debra Webb! This book was amazing!!!

  17. ELF says:

    This sounds like an exciting story! Congrats on the release and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  19. Debra Webb says:

    Thanks to everyone! You are amazing! Congratulations Yvonne! I will email you about the book!

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