Tuesday 11 August 2015


Title: A Killing Among Friends 
Author: Toni Morrow Wyatt 
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: August 10th 2015 

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Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge . . .
The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.
More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up . . .
When one of the missing girls is found dead in a swamp with a symbol burned into her forehead, Sennie focuses on her growing list of suspects. She can’t count on help from the lazy, lecherous Sheriff Warford Cackley. She also has suspicions the sheriff’s son Rex and his nasty friend Ottis know more than they’re willing to share.
Someone is watching Sennie’s every move . . .
Refusing to believe Reatha is dead, Sennie and Milo continue their frantic search, and Sennie is plagued with threatening messages. When another girl’s body is discovered, she and Milo visit the site and find evidence that Reatha has also been there. Some aerial photographs might hold a vital clue . . . if they can find them in time.
As Sennie unravels a tangled web of secrets, arson, burglary, and murder, could it be that a desire to help Sennie has warped the mind of a murderer?



She couldn’t imagine what had happened. She had played the scene in her head a hundred times. She was sure Reatha had said she had to go to the bathroom. That was what she had said, wasn’t it? She was getting confused. It wasn’t like Reatha to disappear and not tell anyone where she was going. It didn’t make sense that she would walk home alone. She would’ve at least asked Sennie to walk halfway with her, like they always did. They had just had a conversation about Sue Stimes that afternoon. Reatha wouldn’t have gone off in the dark by herself. She would never take that kind of risk.
Curtis came back to the lodge and insisted Miss Pearleen and Oldfield go home with him.
“We need to be there when she comes home, Mama,” he said.
Miss Pearleen aged in front of Sennie’s eyes. She followed them out onto the porch and watched them pull away. When she couldn’t hold her eyes open anymore, she went to her room and splashed cold water on her face. She looked at the clock. It was 5:00 a.m. The ringing of the telephone made her jump out of her skin.
“Hello?” came her mother’s voice from the hallway.
Sennie could only hear her mother’s end of the conversation, but it was enough to make her feel the knot in her stomach grow. She heard her mother say good-bye, and then there was a gentle knock on her bedroom door.
“Come in.”
“Sennie, that was Miss Pearleen. They’ve got people hunting all over Mayrose, and they haven’t found a trace of Reatha. I’m gonna call Eva and Clarence. The more people we have looking for her, the better
Her mother left her room, but she couldn’t make her feet move. Her mind was racing. 
“Reatha, where are you? Tell me this isn’t happening.”

As a child, Toni Morrow Wyatt's family spent nearly every summer visiting relatives in a small, rural community in Arkansas. Finding magic in this place, it is the setting for many of her novels. Her love for southern fiction led to the writing of her upcoming novel, A Killing Among Friends, and also, Return to Rocky Gap. Her work has appeared in From the Depths Literary Journal and Belle Reve Literary Journal. She writes an eclectic blog titled, A Pinch of Me, on Tumblr. She was previously an independent bookseller, owning and operating Kindred Books for seven years.

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