When several co-workers from the Powell Agency become murder victims of a killer with a talent for precision slicing, sparks begin to fly between headstrong Powell agent Maleah Perdue and the agency’s keenly intuitive profiler, Derek Lawrence. Thrown together as lead investigators, these two quickly learn that they have more than one mystery to solve and very little time before the butchering begins again. But first, the pair must figure out how to become tightly knit partners, working closely together in spite of their polar-opposite personalities and combative relationship. But life has unexpected twists—and sometimes sparks can turn into passionate flames, especially when the evil descends upon one of the duo.

Beverly Barton’s romantic, suspenseful Dead by Morning is the second book in the “Dead By” trilogy; the first book, Dead by Midnight, introduced us to Griffin Powell’s detective agency, an organization with a shadow of secrets from the past. Don’t expect Dead by Morning to end all tied up with a pretty bow. This multilayered mystery leaves us with a lingering question from way back in book one. But the author promises us more deadly fun and questions answered in Dead by Nightfall, the last of the series, coming in late 2011.

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