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He Is Their Judge. . . In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are. Witches, sent to tempt and to corrupt. . . Jury. . . No one knows about defense attorney Charlotte Wellington's murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that's just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what's past is past. But others don't agree. And as a madman's body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that's become terrifyingly personal. . . And ExecutionerAt last, she is within his reach. All his victims deserve their fate, but her guilt is greatest. And with every scream, he will make her see what it means to suffer and repent--before she dies. . . Praise for the novels of Mary BurtonTerrifying. . . this chilling thriller is an engrossing story. --Library Journal on MercilessStieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton's taut, well-paced novel. --Publishers Weekly on SenselessA twisted tale. . . I couldn't put it down! --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream
Ross has his pride...Ross McCain is determined to bring a schoolteacher to town, even if he has to carry her all the way out West. But he's not anticipated Miss Grimes being so hard to live with-or that he'd wind up proposing to her just to keep her from leaving!Jessica has a secret...Forced to flee Sacramento, posing as a schoolteacher, Jessica Tierney is out of her depth. She knows nothing of country living, let alone children! And now rancher Ross McCain is insisting that they marry. But how can she let their marriage be based on a lie-especially when she discovers she's falling in love with him?
Colorado Wife by Cheryl St. JohnFinding two orphans on her doorstep, Rosalyne Emery is determined to make local tycoon Sam Calhoun responsible for them. But the mismatched pair soon find themselves trapped in a pretend engagement that might just become a reality. . . . Jubal's Gift by Elizabeth LaneJubal Trask is out to kill Thomas Curry, The man who deserted him during the war. But finding Thomas's two children and their aunt Tess, The girl who has always loved Jubal, The scarred soldier struggles to learn the power of love and forgiveness before it's too late. Until Christmas by Mary BurtonLaura Butler wants to sell her grandfather's silver mine, move back east and forget all about mining! Mine manager Roman Maddox has other plans, but he has only until Christmas to win Laura's hand in marriage.
One year ago a wealthy socialite disappeared. No body was found, and the case was never solved. Lead detective Alex Kirkland knows all they had were dead ends. But when sexy, sassy reporter Tara Mackey decides to ask more questions, he respects her intuition enough to reopen the case. Professionally, they're a perfect match. Personally, Tara is wary of the sparks between them. Alex plays in a different league, one with money, power. . . things she's learned not to trust. And every step they take toward the truth--and each other--brings them closer to danger. . . .
The Son He Never Knew...When Cole McGuire learns that he had fathered a son, he returns to White Stone, Colorado, to claim what's rightfully his. But it's clear the town is hiding something, and he's got a feeling he knows exactly who's behind it all.The Widow's Secret...Rebecca's heart stops when Cole McGuire walks back into town, his green eyes blazing with passion. And the longer he stays, the more she wishes for the love she never had. But will Cole ever forgive her for hiding the truth-that the son she claimed as her own is the child he's been searching for?
Reprinted EditionSome Nightmares. . . Beside each body, he leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. Ruth. Martha. Judith. The victims were strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local anchorwoman. . . each brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end. . . Don't Fade. . . In front of the cameras, Kendall is the picture of stylish confidence. But at night she's haunted by nightmares in which she is young, alone, and filled with fear. Are these memories--or omens? Despite warnings from Richmond Detective Jacob Warwick, Kendall can't stop investigating the recent string of murders. She knows she holds the key to catching an obsessed psychopath--if he doesn't get to her first. . . With DaylightThe deeper Kendall and Jacob dig into the victims' backgrounds, the more terrifying the discoveries. For from the shadows of the past, a legacy of evil has resurfaced. Every murder, every moment has been leading to Kendall. And this time, nothing will stop the killer making her his final victim. . . Praise for Mary Burton and I'm Watching You"Taut, compelling. . . Mary Burton delivers a page-turner. " --Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author"Creepy and terrifying, it will give you chills. " --Romantic Times
Three women who seem to have nothing in common vanish. But one man had known them all. Wealthy Craig Thornton even claimed to have loved them. But he's dead. When his wife receives an anniversary card from him, she assumes it's a joke--until the phone calls, flowers, and messages come.
When Danger Took Root, Her Courage Grew Strong...And Rachel Emmons fled her violent marriage, seeking a safe haven. Her brave escape led her to the saving embrace of Ben Mitchell, the man who rescued her from the depths of the ocean and made her determined to heal....The island locals claimed he'd drawn a mermaid from the sea, and light keeper Ben Mitchell agreed. Certainly Rachel possessed sirenlike beauty her widow's weeds could not hide, and the bruises she bore testified to secrets as deep-and dark-as any hidden beneath the waves. But could he help her see that happiness-together-was on her horizon?
His VictimsThe first kill was easy. The second even easier. No guilt, no remorse, just a rush of adrenaline surging through him as each life drained away, and the pleasure of knowing that their deaths would help his beloved Lindsay. And there are still so many more who deserve to die. . . His GameThe first twisted gift to Lindsay O'Neil arrives hidden in a bouquet of flowers. When her estranged husband, Detective Zack Kier, is assigned to the case, Lindsay's past comes back with a vengeance. Because only Zack knows the dark secret she liveswith - or so she thinks. Now nothing can prepare her for the nightmare to come. . . His ObsessionEverything Lindsay's stalker does, every life he takes, is for her. But when Lindsay spurns his gifts, she and those she loves most become targets of a depraved madman whose rage is growing, and who is waiting, watching, closer than she ever feared . . . www. maryburton. com
Their Grand Passion Had Burned Too Brightly To SurviveBut faced with wedding another, Alanna Patterson was determined to reignite any smoldering embers of desire Caleb Pitt might still harbor for her. Would her brawny captain, now a solitary lighthouse keeper, rescue her from a sea of regrets? Or had tragedy both public and private sunk any hopes for a lasting love?Caleb Pitt had once believed love was eternal as the sea, for Alanna Patterson had promised him forever. But despite her vow, she'd left him to drown in disgrace. Now, years later, she'd reappeared on a storm-tossed wave, beautiful as a siren...and just as seductive!
No PityEach skeleton is flawless--gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing. . . No CompassionWhen bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr. James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath. No Escape Angie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed--or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy. . . Praise for the novels of Mary BurtonA twisted tale. . . I couldn't put it down! --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream Taut, compelling. . . delivers a page-turner. --Carla Neggers on I'm Watching YouA chilling thriller. --Beverly Barton on Dead Ringer
He Was Taught How To KillEven behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share-about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work. . . And Now He'll Teach ThemHe buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he'll make the most perfect kill of all. How To DieEverything about this investigation is unnerving Jo, from Harvey's fascination with her to the fact that she's working alongside Texas Ranger Brody Winchester, her ex-husband. Harvey's protege is growing bolder and more vicious every day. And soon the trail of shallow graves will lead them to the last place Jo expected, and to the most terrifying truth of all. . . Praise for Mary Burton's The Seventh Victim"Dark and disturbing, a well-written tale of obsession and murder. " -Kat Martin"Burton delivers action-packed tension. " -"Publishers Weekly"
Keeping secrets is no way to start a marriageBut what else, Jenna Winslow muses, can a woman running from scandal do? Who would ever want an unschooled virgin with a fatherless baby in tow? Certainly not rugged rancher Rowe Mercer, a man with demanding standards-and compelling charms!Ex-bounty hunter Rowe Mercer has spent a lifetime riding with danger. Now, when mail-order bride Jenna Winslow arrives, he wonders if his prayers for a quiet life have truly been answered. Could there possibly be a future for this polished Eastern angel and a man with a past he'd rather forget...?
Revenge is his mission...No one had ever caused such fire in Travis Rafferty's blood as Civil War nurse Meredith Carter. Yet when the prisoner of war attempted an escape, she'd betrayed him and his bedraggled men. Now, years later, he's led west by vengeance, with nightmares of battle on his heels. This time, Meredith won't get away...Love is his due...Meredith has to persuade Travis of her innocence. But how can she convince him of anything when she reacts so wildly just standing next to him? Nursing his wounds is the only way to show him how she feels, that she could no more betray him than her own soul....
THREE RUGGED WESTERN MENTHREE COURAGEOUS LADIESTHREE FESTIVE TALES TO WARM THE HEART THIS CHRISTMAS!Rocky Mountain Christmas by Jillian HartSummoned on a dangerously snowy night to deal with two stowaways, Sheriff Mac McKaslin discovers they are none other than a homeless young widow-Carrie Montgomery-and her baby. But will the sheriff send them out into the cold...or find a warm place for them in his heart?The Christmas Gifts by Kate BridgesWhen Sergeant James Fielder arrives with a baby on his sled, he turns to Maggie Greerson for help. This special interlude allows Maggie to fulfill her secret dream of having a child-and explore the attraction that has always drawn her to James....The Christmas Charm by Mary BurtonDetermined to prevent her younger sister from marrying the wrong man, widow C
Every Serial Killer Knows. . . The vicious burns scarring the victims' flesh reveal the agony of their last moments. Each woman was branded with a star, then stabbed through the heart. With every death, a vengeful killer finds a brief, blissful moment of calm. But soon it's time for the bloodshed to start again. . . The Perfect Time. . . Ten years ago, Eva Rayburn and her sorority sisters were celebrating the end of the school year. That party turned into a nightmare Eva can't forget. Now she's trying to start over in her Virginia hometown, but a new nightmare has begun. Every victim is linked to her. And Detective Deacon Garrison isn't sure whether this mysterious woman needs investigating--or protecting. . . To Make His MarkOnly Eva's death will bring peace. Only her tortured screams will silence the rage that has been building for ten long years. Because what started that night at the sorority can never be stopped--not until the last victim has been marked for death. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Burton A twisted tale. . . I couldn't put it down! --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream Taut, compelling. . . delivers a page-turner. --Carla Neggers on I'm Watching You A chilling thriller. --Beverly Barton on Dead RingerMary Burton's latest romantic suspense has it all--terrific plot, complex and engaging protagonists, a twisted villain, and enough crime scene detail to satisfy the most savvy suspense reader. --Erica Spindler, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Vines
Senseless & Merciless BundleSenselessEvery Serial Killer Knows. . . The vicious burns scarring the victims' flesh reveal the agony of their last moments. Each woman was branded with a star, then stabbed through the heart. With every death, a vengeful killer finds a brief, blissful moment of calm. But soon it's time for the bloodshed to start again. . . The Perfect Time. . . Ten years ago, Eva Rayburn and her sorority sisters were celebrating the end of the school year. That party turned into a nightmare Eva can't forget. Now she's trying to start over in her Virginia hometown, but a new nightmare has begun. Every victim is linked to her. And Detective Deacon Garrison isn't sure whether this mysterious woman needs investigating--or protecting. . . To Make His MarkOnly Eva's death will bring peace. Only her tortured screams will silence the rage that has been building for ten long years. Because what started that night at the sorority can never be stopped--not until the last victim has been marked for death. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Burton"A twisted tale. . . I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream "Taut, compelling. . . delivers a page-turner. " --Carla Neggers on I'm Watching You "A chilling thriller. " --Beverly Barton on Dead Ringer"Mary Burton's latest romantic suspense has it all--terrific plot, complex and engaging protagonists, a twisted villain, and enough crime scene detail to satisfy the most savvy suspense reader. "--Erica Spindler, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Vines MercilessNo PityEach skeleton is flawless--gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing. . . No CompassionWhen bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr. James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath. No EscapeAngie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed--or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Burton"A twisted tale. . . I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream "Taut, compelling. . . delivers a page-turner. " --Carla Neggers on I'm Watching You"A chilling thriller. " --Beverly Barton on Dead Ringer
If At First You Don't Succeed It's been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. . . KillLara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he's in Austin. . . And Kill Again. . . He's always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he's been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he'll prove he holds her life in his hands--right before he ends it forever. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Burton"Will have readers sleeping with the lights on. " --"Publishers Weekly" on "Before She Dies " (starred review) "Terrifying. . . this chilling thriller is an engrossing story. " --"Library Journal " on "Merciless"
[From the back cover] "Silver Bells" by FERN MICHAELS For years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would he like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go hack home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. This Christmas, she plans to find out. And Hank Anders, her high-school boyfriend, is now ready to give her a welcome she'll never forget... "Dear Santa..." by JOANN ROSS Mystery author Holly Berry's SUV has broken down in the little hamlet of Santa's Village, Washington. Holly hates the holidays-that is until lodge owner Gabriel O'Halloran and his five-year-old daughter rekindle her belief in passion, magic, and Christmas wishes... "Christmas Past" by MARY BURTON Photographer Nicole Piper just received a very unwelcome Christmas gift-a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer's identity. Enlisting homicide detective David Ayden's help, she embarks on a road trip that will take them both into the heart ot danger and desire... "A Mulberry Park Christmas" by JUDY DUARTE After a bitter breakup, Alyssa Ridgeway's heart just isn't into Christmas this year. But running into her first love, James "Mac" MacGregor, fills her with memories of the tender kiss they once shared...
He sought justice-with a lieNick Baron knew it was wrong to buy trust with a falsehood, but there was no other way. His reputation as the most dangerous bounty hunter west of the Rockies terrified even decent folks, not just the outlaws he hunted. So he sure as hell wasn't about to let a spitfire fugitive from a sporting house know he wasn't the U. S. Marshal he claimed to be-no matter how appealing she was. Especially when she held the key to his best friend's murder. And particularly when she'd not only shot him-but saved his life right after!Things with Ellie Watson could get complicated!
He Could Never Love AgainOf that, Matthias Barrington was certain, despite the well-intentioned meddling of his neighbors. But now they'd sent him a special delivery in the form of the very comely Miss Abigail Smyth, who'd stepped off the stagecoach and announced that he needed a wife-and she was just the woman!Mail-order bride Abby Smyth just wanted a place to belong-preferably at rancher Matthias Barrington's side, making a home for his motherless boys. Ever practical, she knew love wasn't necessary, really. Yet the more she learned of this decent, honorable man, the more she knew the only place she wanted was one securely in his heart!
He Will Never ForgetThe broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . . the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . . only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning. . . Never ForgiveOne devastating moment changed Greer Templeton's life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer's nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec's case grows, and soon it will be too late to run. And Never Let Them Live. . . Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started--and make Greer's dying wish come true. . . Praise for Mary Burton's The Seventh VictimDark and disturbing, a well-written tale of obsession and murder. --Kat MartinBurton delivers action-packed tension. --Publishers Weekly
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