A Killer Among Us by Deborah Byington

“All rookie officer Colby Daniels wants is to prove herself. She hadn’t counted on stumbling upon the town’s first homicide. While working closely with the squad, Colby is attracted to Officer Tom Vitali, the handsome cop with the mischievous smile.

But department relationships are forbidden. As the case heats up, so does their relationship. When a fellow officer becomes the third victim, Colby voices her theory, and tensions rage, both in the department and the relationship. Doubts and distrust spread and Colby’s career, reputation, and relationship hang by a thread. Will she risk it all to solve an unconscionable crime?”

 

A little about Deborah first:

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I am a former RWA member and past RITA judge for Romance Writers of America. Have published previously in the early ’90s. I am a former professional driver and now devote my time to writing and a small online craft business. I love hearing from my readers so please feel to contact me. You can follow me on Amazon, Facebook or Twitter.

RA Winter‘s Review: 5-Stars

A Killer Among Us, by Deborah Byington.

First, I’d like to say that I don’t feel comfortable reviewing Deborah’s book, since I critiqued it and beta read it during production. I will say that I love it. The first chapter still sticks with me and it’s been a year since I’ve read it. In the opening scene, we are brought into a mystery of who killed the nice old lady down the street.

There are a lot of scenes that I remember to this day. That is something, considering that I read a novel a week. Deborah’s descriptions have stayed with me to this day. I loved the mystery and kept bugging the author about who did it? You will too while reading along.
This book takes a lot of twist and turns. It’s a mystery, who-done-it romance that hits all of the right buttons. There’s murder, suspense, romance and the wow factor all wrapped into one.

I loved Colby, and to this day still love the character’s name. Anyone who loves snake-skin boots will love this mystery. The police jargon is spot on. The murderer isn’t ‘oh, it’s him.’ The murder is well thought out and keeps you on your toes until the big reveal.
Grab this book. You won’t be disappointed. Yes, I loved it.

Sherry Terry‘s Review: 4.6-Stars

I really enjoyed reading A Killer Among Us by Deborah Byington. This book is a great example of never judging a book by its cover. While I think the cover does a great job of letting the reader know what kind of book they are getting, I do think it needs some work.

The writing is very strong and done well. Deborah has a wonderful way of setting the scene with great descriptions that make you feel you’re in the middle of the action. This story is very well researched as if Deborah is a police officer herself. The story gives you a great look into procedures, jargon, and a cop’s life.

Tons of intrigue, murder, romance, and a good who done it. I read this in a Word document, so I don’t know if that was the reason there were formatting glitches and a few blank pages. There are a couple of typos and a punctuation error or two, but none of this takes away from the overall experience.

I loved the romance between the main character Colby and Tom. Their interactions are brilliantly done. If you like good cop stories, this is the book for you.
I highly recommend A Killer Among Us. You’ll love it!

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  1. 4 stars
    Fresh from the police academy, Rookie cop Colby Daniels discovers the body of a murder victim her first day on the job. The small town of pine Tree is put on edge when a second murder happens soon after. Office politics add to the intruge and her life is futher complicated by the attraction between her and a fellow officer. Being one of only two female officers in a twelve person police force, Colby soon finds herself siding with a feisty redhead who seems to have a verbal feud going with Detective Cooper.
    All together an interesting story although some of the details and bits of dialogue seem a bit off in this story or I would give it five stars.

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