Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Finding Abby (Whispering Pines Mysteries) by Rhonda Blackhurst

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Whispering Pines Mysteries


Abby Sinclair is fiercely independent, successful, and a single mom to nine-year-old Cooper. Five years ago her ex-husband, and ex-cop, Hunter, was sentenced to prison for beating her nearly to death. Now, Hunter is out of prison and ready for revenge.

When Abby’s dear, elderly friend is found dead, she inherits idyllic Whispering Pines Resort in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Moving provides the perfect answer to escape from Hunter. Abby, Cooper, and her father, Jeremiah Jordan, move and begin to build a new life. There she meets Gabriel Coleman, who works to convince her it’s safe to open her heart once again. But is it a risk she can afford to take?

When someone begins terrorizing her, Abby finds herself in a game of cat and mouse. As she struggles to discover who she can and cannot trust, singling people out one by one, she grows closer to Gabriel. Just when she thinks her world is safe, it’s knocked upside down as she’s faced with an unexpected nemesis intent on taking everything she has. Has she trusted all the wrong people? The battle has turned into a war and Abby is forced to learn a hard and fast lesson in trust and love.

Whispering Pines Mysteries


“Sam, another one!” he called. “And leave that woman alone. They’re nothing but trouble, man. Trust me!”

“Don’t you think you had enough, dude? I said I was cuttin’ you off. How you getting home?”

“None a yer business.”

“Go home, Hunter. I’ll call ya a cab.”

“No, you won’t. You’ll get me another beer, that’s what you’ll do.”

Sam took the empty bottle from in front of him, tossed it behind him into the recycle can, and turned back to Hunter, both hands resting on the edge of the bar, looking like he was holding himself up. “You’re drunk, Hunter. Go home. I’ll call a cab.”

“And I said no you won’t. Whatever happened to customer service? Now gimme another one.”

“No can do.” Sam picked up a wet rag and wiped the bar in front of Hunter, tossing the rag back where it had been. “But what I can do is call a cab.” He reached for the phone.

Hunter pushed himself back from the bar and stood up, steadying himself before grabbing his keys. “Forget it, man. I don’t need no stinkin’ cab. And I won’t be coming back to your stinkin’ bar.”

He stumbled to the door, pushing it open, the fresh air and fading orange glow of the sun setting nearly assaulting his senses after the smoke-filled, dark and dingy bar. What in God’s name was becoming of him? He had nothing and now he couldn’t even get a beer when he wanted one because of Sam feeling some sense of moral obligation. He’d show him a thing or two.

He got in his car, went to put his key in the ignition of the old Ford pickup he bought when he got out of the pen. He fumbled with the keys, dropping them on the floor. He felt around until he grasped them where they’d landed under the seat.

This time, he got the key in the ignition, revved the engine and spun out of the parking lot onto the country road that led into town. But he hadn’t gotten more than fifty yards when the familiar lights from one of the cars he used to drive before Abby had taken it away from him sounded its siren and pulled him over. He pounded the steering wheel, cursed a blue streak that made the blue lights on the patrol vehicle pale in comparison, and pulled over, half on the shoulder, half still on the road. She was gonna pay for this.

Meet Author Rhonda Blackhurst…

Rhonda Blackhurst works as a Restitution Advocate in a District Attorney’s Office by day and lives vicariously through her characters at night. She’s the author of The Inheritance, Finding Abby, and the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime (National and Colorado Chapters) and an avid NaNoWriMo participant.


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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Rhonda will give away a copy of FINDING ABBY  to one lucky reader who comments on her **Author Peek** or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Thanks, Rhonda, for sharing your book with us!

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13 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Finding Abby (Whispering Pines Mysteries) by Rhonda Blackhurst”

  1. Good morning, Rhonda, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’m caught by the excerpt you shared. Nothing scarier than a man with vengeance on his mind. Thanks for sharing with us today!

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