Karen’s Killer Book Bench #SerialKiller #Thriller #Suspense: BREATH OF MALICE by Karen Fenech

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Serial Killer Thriller Romantic Suspense



It’s a game of cat and mouse.  And she is losing . . .

FBI Special Agent Paige Carson hoped she’d be able to start a new life in small-town South Carolina. But when a senator’s sister is murdered and a blank postcard is left next to the body, Paige realizes that a killer from her past has found her–and is sending her a very personal message.

From the moment he hired her, FBI Special Agent in Charge Sam McKade knew Paige was hiding something. Prompted by this recent threat, she finally opens up: one year ago, she caught the eye of suspected serial killer Todd Thames. Now he’s come back to pull her into his game, whether she wants to play or not.

As the danger increases, Paige and Sam give in to their growing attraction, and he vows to protect her no matter the cost. But the murderer will stop at nothing to get to his intended prey, and the strong arm of the law–and the shelter of her new love–may not be enough to save her.

PRAISE for Breath of Malice

“Mixing suspenseful twists and turns and budding romance, Fenech (His Touch, 2015) takes the reader on a wild ride that will thrill excitement-seekers and love-story addicts alike.” —Booklist

“The constant suspense and sizzling sex keep the pages turning.” Publishers Weekly

 “From the first sentence I was hooked and I couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end…This is a book I highly recommend for those who love a good thriller.” Night Owl Reviews (4 1/2 Stars) Top Pick

 “I think that those who are in the mood for an exciting and hair-raising tale will enjoy this story and I hope to see more about these characters in the future.” The Reading Addict (4.5 Stars)

Serial Killer Thriller Romantic Suspense


“You’re wary. Jumpy.” Sam eyed her. “Something is going on with you. Tell me what that is.”

Paige’s breath caught. She had to work to take another breath. “There’s nothing going on with me.”

His voice even, he asked, “Why did you take a cab home last night instead of going with the squad?” Sam didn’t break eye contact. Paige believed she was getting a glimpse of what he was like in an interrogation, how skilled he was, how powerful. Despite the chill in the diner, Paige was sweating. “Harry mentioned going out for wings and beer. I needed to go back to the office to get the car, and”— she shrugged, affecting indifference—“more than that, I didn’t want to cramp their style if they were looking to hook up at a bar.”

Sam leaned across the table toward her. His eyes showed frustration, but along with it Paige saw tenderness. “You can trust me.”

That tenderness was almost her undoing. She needed to give him something to throw him off the scent, but just now she felt the full weight of her situation and couldn’t come up with words that would deter him. He wanted her to trust him. She was so tired of not being able to trust anyone. He couldn’t possibly know how much she wished she could trust him. Her throat grew so tight it burned. She forced out her next words. “I’ve learned that I can’t trust anyone.”

Meet Author Karen Fenech…

Karen Fenech is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense. Her books feature Navy SEALs and law enforcement heroes. When Karen’s not writing or spending time with her family, she loves to shop, watch movies, and just kick back in a comfortable chair and read.

The Protectors Series

The Malice Series

The Surrender Series

Gone / Betrayal / Unholy Angels — Standalones


Links to Karen’s website, blog, books, #ad, etc.

Breath of Malice (The Malice Series – Book One of Two)

 Regular Price:  $3.99

 Amazon: Special Promotion Price:  $1.99

 Promotion Period:  February 1 through February 28, 2023.

 Promotion Territory:  USA via Amazon.com

 Kindle Unlimited:  Yes.

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21 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #SerialKiller #Thriller #Suspense: BREATH OF MALICE by Karen Fenech”

    1. Diana, thank you! It’s so nice to meet you here. This book was my second foray into writing about FBI characters and I was fortunate to be able to call upon contacts in the FBI for help. Fun Fact: A Glock does not have a safety. It’s said that the devil is in the details. Any small assumption can turn out to be wrong and rob a story of its authenticity. I enjoyed writing Breath of Malice. I hope you enjoy the book.

  1. Good morning, Karen, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love strong, alpha heroes, suspense, murder, mayhem, and a strong romance. This book sounds like my kind of story. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing your book with us today.

  2. Karen Fenech is a skilled author who knows how to build suspense. Excerpt proves it!

    Thanks, Karen and Karen!

    1. K+A+Bylsma, thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

      Sam knows Paige is hiding something that is tearing her up inside. As the leader of his squad, and the kind of man that Sam is, he is naturally protective of his agents, but his feelings for Paige are becoming more than those of a leader for his teammates and he wants, no, he needs to find out what that something is.

    1. Glenda M, thank you! I appreciate your kind words so much.

      The tension between Sam and Paige is escalating as is the tension within Paige herself. She is struggling and conflicted about Sam. She so wants to be able to trust him but what if she is wrong about him?

      For an instant it appears that she will take the chance on Sam, but then pulls herself back and we see how isolated she feels.

  3. I just received news that Glenda M. is the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card. Congratulations, Glenda! Your gift card is on its way to you.

    Everyone, thank you all so much for taking time to comment about “Breath of Malice”. I appreciate your interest and your kind words very much. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know all of you here. If you have time, I hope you’ll also keep in touch with me through my website.

    Karen, thank you, for so kindly helping me to spread the word about “Breath of Malice.” As always, so very greatly appreciated.

    I wish you all happy reading! : )

  4. What a frightening situation to find yourself in. It is understandable that she would find it difficult to trust anyone. It sounds like a tense, well written suspense. Thank you for spotlighting it.

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