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Behind the camera, it’s easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she has made for herself is safe and predictable, until the owner of a rival photography studio sets up shop in her small town and comes to her with an unexpected proposal. Suddenly, everything she has worked so hard to build is threatened and her simple, controlled life is thrown into chaos.
As she travels the state of Michigan photographing weddings, she struggles to keep her business afloat and the wall around her heart intact. But along the way, she learns more about loyalty and love than she ever imagined.
BOOKS in the CORNERSTONE SERIES (in order):
Maria was never alone in solitary confinement. The ghosts kept her company.
AFTER MONTHS OF starvation and torture at the hands of terrorists, black ops officer Maria Branson is rescued and returned to the U.S. While her body heals, her mind does not. Plagued with panic and hallucinations, she quits the CIA and takes the position of small-town police chief.
Rest and relaxation are the doctor’s orders. However, Maria gets neither. During her first week on the job the mayor’s truck is found abandoned in the middle of the rugged southwestern mountains.
Was it a hiking trip gone bad or something more sinister?
As Maria uncovers clues that indicate a crime decades in the making, her hallucinations become more real –and dangerous.
Are the ghosts she sees symptoms of PTSD, or has the paranormal world collided with reality?
With the help of the handsome director of search and rescue, Maria’s search explodes into a hunt for murderers and mythological Aztec treasure, all while keeping her own internal demons at bay.
Can Maria solve the mystery before she becomes the next target?
This paranormal mystery brings a modern-day murder and a 100-year-old legend crashing together into a page-turning whodunit with a surprise twist at the end.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“Robbed of Soul is like a Dan Brown thriller but set in the United States involving ancient conspiracies and artifacts of the Native American kind.” – 5 star Goodreads Review
“Murder! Treasure! History! Ghosts! Ms. Brown weaves a complicated and full tale without dropping any of the pieces in this interesting and engrossing story. The protagonist, a trouble woman, is especially well brought to life for the reader.” – 5 star Amazon Review
“Maria Branson is competent and strong, yet also flawed in a debilitating way that makes her not only instantly sympathetic but even funny at times. A plethora of colorful co-characters add humor, charm, mystery, and romance to Kanab’s small-town ambiance that’s shattered when its mayor turns up missing in one of the area’s most forbidding places. Newly-arrived Police Chief Branson, secretly fresh out of PTSD rehab, must tackle it all despite still being plagued by ghosts (literally) from her unfortunate past.” – 5 star Amazon Review
The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He’s an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog.
Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o’clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks where they search for cold-blooded killers, a cache of gold coins buried by Jesse James, and the love of a beautiful nurse.