Dead Giveaway

Stillwater Trilogy, Book 2

The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago….

And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi believe they know why. They’re convinced he was murdered–by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay–and his mother and sisters–can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they’re not talking.

Allie McCormick is a cold case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she’s returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she’s starting over. But when Clay’s powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty-bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn’t murder the Reverend Lee Barker.

Maybe Clay’s a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time. And he’s not a cold-blooded killer. At least that’s what Allie believes–until she finds proof that behind the preacher’s pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.

Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done….

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The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago….

And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi believe they know why. They’re convinced he was murdered–by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay–and his mother and sisters–can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they’re not talking.

Allie McCormick is a cold case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she’s returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she’s starting over. But when Clay’s powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty-bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn’t murder the Reverend Lee Barker.

Maybe Clay’s a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time. And he’s not a cold-blooded killer. At least that’s what Allie believes–until she finds proof that behind the preacher’s pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.

Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done….

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Harlequin Audio
January 1, 2007
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
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Praise

"Brenda Novak has an uncanny ability to give life to her characters, even minor ones. And her work is singularly devoid of clichés. [...] Ms. Novak also creates dynamic characters with strong emotional ties, but the threads that hold families together are sometimes tried to the breaking point. If anyone comes close to perfection, it’s Clay, who stands like a wall around those he loves. This series is a must read; just be prepared for an emotional ride."

Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today

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Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today

"Brenda Novak has an uncanny ability to give life to her characters, even minor ones. And her work is singularly devoid of clichés. [...] Ms. Novak also creates dynamic characters with strong emotional ties, but the threads that hold families together are sometimes tried to the breaking point. If anyone comes close to perfection, it’s Clay, who stands like a wall around those he loves. This series is a must read; just be prepared for an emotional ride."
"Murder, small town secrets, love and passion grabbed me, and I was unable to stop reading... Brenda Novak is a storyteller that keeps the twists and turns coming so that you don’t know what’s going to happen from one moment to the next. I don’t know how I’m going to wait for Dead Right, the last book in this trilogy!"

Melissa, Joyfully Reviewed, a Joyfully Recommended title

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2018-09-15T18:52:48-07:00

Melissa, Joyfully Reviewed, a Joyfully Recommended title

"Murder, small town secrets, love and passion grabbed me, and I was unable to stop reading... Brenda Novak is a storyteller that keeps the twists and turns coming so that you don’t know what’s going to happen from one moment to the next. I don’t know how I’m going to wait for Dead Right, the last book in this trilogy!"
"Surprising twists and turns and a couple of interesting subplots keep the story moving at a fast pace until the very startling ending. Novak has a keen gift for combining suspense and romance, as well as for creating real, sympathetic heroines and darkly mysterious heroes that beautifully stand out from the typical stereotypes of the genre... Dead Giveaway will draw the reader in different levels–both intellectually and emotionally, making this a very compelling read. Highly recommended."

Mayra Calvani, Armchair Interviews

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2018-09-15T18:25:50-07:00

Mayra Calvani, Armchair Interviews

"Surprising twists and turns and a couple of interesting subplots keep the story moving at a fast pace until the very startling ending. Novak has a keen gift for combining suspense and romance, as well as for creating real, sympathetic heroines and darkly mysterious heroes that beautifully stand out from the typical stereotypes of the genre... Dead Giveaway will draw the reader in different levels–both intellectually and emotionally, making this a very compelling read. Highly recommended."
"Impressive! This is a sharp-edged, well-plotted story that showcases Novak’s superb storytelling skill."

Romantic Times Magazine

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2018-09-15T18:27:04-07:00

Romantic Times Magazine

"Impressive! This is a sharp-edged, well-plotted story that showcases Novak’s superb storytelling skill."
"Dead Giveaway is one of those rare reads that leaves you tingling and eager for more. Ms. Novak is a master at writing characters you love and stories you hate to see end. This is book two in the Stillwater series, but can be read alone. I still find myself remembering scenes even days later–it’s certainly a story I’ll never forget."

Wendy Keel, The Romance Readers Connection, 4.5 Stars

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2018-09-15T18:22:02-07:00

Wendy Keel, The Romance Readers Connection, 4.5 Stars

"Dead Giveaway is one of those rare reads that leaves you tingling and eager for more. Ms. Novak is a master at writing characters you love and stories you hate to see end. This is book two in the Stillwater series, but can be read alone. I still find myself remembering scenes even days later–it’s certainly a story I’ll never forget."
"Dead Giveaway is an intriguing romantic suspense with shocking twists and turns that grab the reader in from the first page. Even those who have read the first book in the series, Dead Silence, find plenty of surprises in store, as Novak uncovers more and more of the mystery. Novak brings a wonderful dimension to her characters that creates sympathy and secrecy at the same time. Dead Giveaway is a fantastic suspense that will keep you turning pages until the very end and readers should look forward to her next installment in this series."

Tracy Zappala, Suspense Romance Reviews

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2018-09-15T18:19:59-07:00

Tracy Zappala, Suspense Romance Reviews

"Dead Giveaway is an intriguing romantic suspense with shocking twists and turns that grab the reader in from the first page. Even those who have read the first book in the series, Dead Silence, find plenty of surprises in store, as Novak uncovers more and more of the mystery. Novak brings a wonderful dimension to her characters that creates sympathy and secrecy at the same time. Dead Giveaway is a fantastic suspense that will keep you turning pages until the very end and readers should look forward to her next installment in this series."
"Dead Giveaway had this reader glued to each page… The complex characters spin a tale that rivets.... Intense drama, strong emotions...and dazzling dialogue... keeps the reader on the edge of her seat. The ending will leave you gasping... Brenda Novak creates a stirring read... A thrilling plot, a well-written story... this is one extraordinary highly recommended read."

Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups

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2018-09-15T18:29:44-07:00

Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups

"Dead Giveaway had this reader glued to each page… The complex characters spin a tale that rivets.... Intense drama, strong emotions...and dazzling dialogue... keeps the reader on the edge of her seat. The ending will leave you gasping... Brenda Novak creates a stirring read... A thrilling plot, a well-written story... this is one extraordinary highly recommended read."
"Ms. Novak’s ability to make this mystery cunning and deceptive is amazing considering readers already know the outcome of the event. Clay and Allie may start off on opposing sides of the case, but in the end, their strongest asset is their ability to move ahead together. Dead Giveaway is a turbulent and brilliant romantic suspense story that is sure to bring on a case of the chills. I cannot wait to see what is revealed in the final story of this trilogy."

Sarah W., Romance Junkies, 5 Stars

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2018-09-15T18:38:27-07:00

Sarah W., Romance Junkies, 5 Stars

"Ms. Novak’s ability to make this mystery cunning and deceptive is amazing considering readers already know the outcome of the event. Clay and Allie may start off on opposing sides of the case, but in the end, their strongest asset is their ability to move ahead together. Dead Giveaway is a turbulent and brilliant romantic suspense story that is sure to bring on a case of the chills. I cannot wait to see what is revealed in the final story of this trilogy."
"In Dead Giveaway, Brenda Novak pulls off a romantic suspense novel that keeps the reader on the edge of her chair while providing characterizations that make one care about the fate of her protagonists. Clay Montgomery is a wonderful hero; it is a hard-hearted reader indeed who doesn’t just love him from page one. Brenda Novak has succeeded in creating a story that, while a terrific suspense novel, is also character-driven. [...] Fans of this sub-genre should be very pleased with Dead Giveaway."

All About Romance, Grade: B+

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2018-09-15T18:55:07-07:00

All About Romance, Grade: B+

"In Dead Giveaway, Brenda Novak pulls off a romantic suspense novel that keeps the reader on the edge of her chair while providing characterizations that make one care about the fate of her protagonists. Clay Montgomery is a wonderful hero; it is a hard-hearted reader indeed who doesn’t just love him from page one. Brenda Novak has succeeded in creating a story that, while a terrific suspense novel, is also character-driven. [...] Fans of this sub-genre should be very pleased with Dead Giveaway."
"The characters are real and have depth to them while the mystery will keep you guessing... well done, Brenda!"

Lori Graham, Once Upon A Romance, 5 Stars

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2018-09-15T18:24:19-07:00

Lori Graham, Once Upon A Romance, 5 Stars

"The characters are real and have depth to them while the mystery will keep you guessing... well done, Brenda!"
"Holy cow! I was held spellbound by Ms. Novak’s second book in her outstanding Stillwater trilogy. This series gets better with every book. Ms. Novak’s characters are extraordinary in depth and feeling. I really fell in love with Clay Montgomery. This book is a page-turner bar none!"

Suzanne Coleburn, Reader to Reader Reviews / The Belles & Beaux of Romance

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2018-09-15T18:49:41-07:00

Suzanne Coleburn, Reader to Reader Reviews / The Belles & Beaux of Romance

"Holy cow! I was held spellbound by Ms. Novak’s second book in her outstanding Stillwater trilogy. This series gets better with every book. Ms. Novak’s characters are extraordinary in depth and feeling. I really fell in love with Clay Montgomery. This book is a page-turner bar none!"
"Dead Giveaway is packed full of danger and deception.... Brenda Novak has done a phenomenal job in creating a story that pulls readers into the world she has created, leaving them hanging on every word. This is one series you do not want to miss!"

Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 Angels

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2018-09-15T18:50:57-07:00

Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 Angels

"Dead Giveaway is packed full of danger and deception.... Brenda Novak has done a phenomenal job in creating a story that pulls readers into the world she has created, leaving them hanging on every word. This is one series you do not want to miss!"
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