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Category: 

Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  Argus Enterprises International ISBN-10:  0984134263 Type: 
Pages: 

281

Copyright:  October 18, 2009 ISBN-13:  9780984134267
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Sammi Evans Mysteries

Sammi Evans has a hidden gift and uses it to solve crimes. Few people know how she does it; most are curious. She doesn't tell them, but she shares with her readers.

Multiple kidnappings are taking place in broad daylight as children are snatched off the street under the very noses of their watchers. The kidnappings continue unabated and even includes an eighty-three year old grandmother. Still, there is little to go on. The local police have nothing and even the FBI is clueless, confused and bewildered by the lack of evidence. It seems that nothing can slow the rate of children disappearing without a trace. But then a voice from the past, one of the five people living that knows of Sammi Evans' special talent reaches her and pleads for her help.

As Sammi delves deeper into the mystery, she finds that the situation is even more dire and more complicated than she had imagined. Even with the aid of her friends, the police, the FBI and her unusual abilities, Sammi feels helpless but she can't give up. The very lives of the kidnap victims depend on her being able to solve a problem that has stymied police officers and federal agents alike. Can Sammi figure out the situation before the children disappear forever? Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is one of three Sammi Evans Mysteries produced to date by writer Drouillard. 
 
Professional Review:

Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is one of three Sammi Evans Mysteries produced to date by writer Drouillard.
 
Sammi Evans is not your usual investigative personality.  She has a rare gift which enables Sammi to aid police with particularly thorny problems.  Her gift is one that Sammi does not discuss or reveal to more than a very select few.
 
Your Thoughts Can Trap You opens with Sammi chatting with FBI agent Ben Collier who would like to enlist Sammi’s help with one of those thorny problems facing him.  That call is quickly followed by one from one of Sammi’s old college professors.  Sammi was instrumental to the investigation into the disappearance and subsequent return of Professor Harley’s son some years back.  Now he tell Sammi he may need to once again ask Sammi for some additional help.
 
From that beginning we follow Sammi, her police officer sweetheart, Detective Dave Patterson and a series of events centering on the disappearance of a group of several children.  Dave is just recovering from the gun shot wound he suffered several months prior at the hands of a woman, a casual acquaintance, who professes her adoration for him before ultimately shooting him.
 
Included in the narrative we meet various of Sammi and Dave’s friends, travel with Sammi to Reading, Pa as she spends a few days helping to check out the situation taking place in one of the branches of the bank for which she works, learn details of the auto crash as the car Sammi is driving is suddenly hit from behind by an 18 wheeler, learn more of Professor Harley and his need for Sammi’s special talents, and discover the truth behind the disappearance of those children.
 
Writer Drouillard has taken a intriguing premise, use of a perhaps psychic who is able to discern thoughts of those nearby and use that talent to aid police as they unravel cases which might otherwise go unsolved.
 
While the use of psychics in actual police situations is something which has begun to gain some favor, and more than one movie, TV mystery and book have been produced centering on psychic ability; writer Drouillard has taken the notion, added her own slant, and created a likeable, at times somewhat bemused by her own ability, personality as her main character.
 
Following the good-natured, and at times bemused Sammi as she struggles to maintain her equilibrium as soon to be wife, bank employee, friend, and concerned citizen against the needs of the police and others around her for use of her ability to actually hear the thoughts of others and lead to solving of exceptionally baffling cases is set down in readable fashion by a new writer who has now produced three books, and surely as several more already filling her thoughts.  
 
Drouillard’s characters are nicely developed, completed with enough detail to make them very believable, with the nicer folk very nice and very likeable, while the rogues tend to be downright rascals.  Hard hitting dialogue, is pithy, convincing, and spot on.  Settings are filled with enough description to draw the reader into the setting, hold interest tight and keep the reader turning the page.
 
Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is an absorbing tale as we follow Sammi Evans across nearly 300 pages to a satisfying conclusion.
 
Not for everyone, those who prefer a situation begins, and continues right through to the last page will not be so fond of a meandering tale comprising several varying situations.  Those who enjoy interwoven tales, as I do, will find much to like on the pages of Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery.
 
Happy to recommend Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery.
 
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Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews
molly   martin
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TITLE  Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery
AUTHOR  Jeanne L Drouillard Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery
GENRE  Mystery Thriller
 
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC (October 18, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984134263
ISBN-13: 978-0984134267

     
Excerpt
Samantha Evans returned the telephone to its cradle with a more or less instinctive gesture. Her mind was numb and reeling from the pressure imposed on her. Her services were again being requested by the FBI. Why couldn't they take no for an answer? She had already told them that she didn't want to work for them.

That call was from Ben Collier, an FBI agent she had met earlier in the year on another case. He said he needed a little favor. As far as she was concerned, the favors for the FBI were never small. But they were stuck and knew she had uncanny methods for acquiring information from people. When others failed she seemed to succeed. Her concerned mind rehashed the call.

"Hi Sammi, this is Ben Collier. Remember me?"

"Sure Ben, I remember you, How's it going? I must say this is quite a surprise."

"It shouldn't be," he said. "We'd still like to hire you."

Sammi laughed. "I don't think so, Ben. Not this year, anyway."

She wondered why he would be calling her. It was unusual for him to call her directly.

"I won't keep you guessing. I know you must be wondering the real reason for my call."

"Yes, I am. What's it been, more than six month at least?"

"That's about right. I did try to call you a while back, but I never got an answer. I asked you again if you'd be interested in working for us."

"I figured you knew my answer, Ben."

Sammi remembered. When she had helped out her friend, Detective Dave Patterson on a fraud and money laundering case, Ben Collier had turned out to be a plant at the bank where she worked in Scranton, PA. And she was surprised to find out that he worked for the FBI. He had been impressed by her work, didn't know how she got her results, but was quite fascinated by the outcome. He had offered her a job on the spot, which she declined. Yet, he still pursued her hoping for occasional assistance.

"We're in a spot, Sammi; we've hit nothing but dead ends and we need some direction. Won't you consider helping us out?"

"I can't Ben. I've got my hands full around here. You know I help out the local police."

"We could easily get priority over them."

"But I don't officially work for them. I work strictly on my own so that I don't have to get involved all the time. That last job was much more than I usually do."

"Sammi, we need a lead and we don't have one. We've been working on something for more than a year and are still in the dark. I know you have your ways of getting information. Damn, we need a break. Can't we talk you into helping us out?"

"My schedule's full. I simply can't do it."

Sammi had a unique talent. It's the main reason that she let herself get involved in anything at all. But now, it seemed that every year things were getting more and more intense for her. More people were finding out that she was valuable and she found herself recoiling at the thought.

"We need someone like you."

"I'm sorry, but I need some time to unwind, you know. I'm still trying to get my life back down a peg or two after that last assignment."

"I'm there all the time," Ben said.

"But you chose this profession. I didn't. I simply help out a few people sometimes on the side. I'm sorry, Ben, I have to say no."

She did have her ways and could get something out of anyone, if she put her mind to it. She had this little talent that had started when she was seven years old and had never stopped. She could hear what other people were thinking. Incredible, right? But nonetheless true. She would stand next to someone, concentrate and their thoughts would talk to her out loud as if she were having a regular conversation with them. She didn't know how she did it; she'd never questioned it.

Her Grandpa Logan could do it, too. But he was the only other person she knew. And he had helped keep her rational about her gift. He taught her the value of when to harness it in or expand it as needed. But he had died when she was fourteen years old and now Dave Patterson and her close friend Julie Watson were the only ones in her nearby environment who knew what she could do. But in truth, there were three other people in the world who knew -- she'd helped them in the past, but they had been sworn to secrecy.

There was a long pause at the other end of the line. Then Ben tried to start up again but she interrupted him.

"I've already made up my mind, and I'm sorry, but I don't want to get involved in anything else right now. Sorry."

"Okay, Sammi. We could use your expertise, but I'll respect your wishes. I know you're overworked."

"Thanks, Ben. I'm so worn out; I simply can't do it. I wish you the best of luck."

Sammi usually felt bad when she turned someone down, but she was still worn out from the last case, which wasn't entirely over. Her friend Dave had gotten shot. He almost died and six months later was still recuperating. He had returned to work, but wasn't at his best even yet. That could still take a while. And the two main offenders were going on trial sometime next month. She didn't know if Dave would decide to go to court and watch the proceedings, but if he did, she wanted to be there for support. No, at this time she felt that she had made the correct decision.


Professional Reviews

AuthorsDen Professional Review
Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is one of three Sammi Evans Mysteries produced to date by writer Drouillard.

Sammi Evans is not your usual investigative personality. She has a rare gift which enables Sammi to aid police with particularly thorny problems. Her gift is one that Sammi does not discuss or reveal to more than a very select few.

Your Thoughts Can Trap You opens with Sammi chatting with FBI agent Ben Collier who would like to enlist Sammi’s help with one of those thorny problems facing him. That call is quickly followed by one from one of Sammi’s old college professors. Sammi was instrumental to the investigation into the disappearance and subsequent return of Professor Harley’s son some years back. Now he tell Sammi he may need to once again ask Sammi for some additional help.

From that beginning we follow Sammi, her police officer sweetheart, Detective Dave Patterson and a series of events centering on the disappearance of a group of several children. Dave is just recovering from the gun shot wound he suffered several months prior at the hands of a woman, a casual acquaintance, who professes her adoration for him before ultimately shooting him.

Included in the narrative we meet various of Sammi and Dave’s friends, travel with Sammi to Reading, Pa as she spends a few days helping to check out the situation taking place in one of the branches of the bank for which she works, learn details of the auto crash as the car Sammi is driving is suddenly hit from behind by an 18 wheeler, learn more of Professor Harley and his need for Sammi’s special talents, and discover the truth behind the disappearance of those children.

Writer Drouillard has taken a intriguing premise, use of a perhaps psychic who is able to discern thoughts of those nearby and use that talent to aid police as they unravel cases which might otherwise go unsolved.

While the use of psychics in actual police situations is something which has begun to gain some favor, and more than one movie, TV mystery and book have been produced centering on psychic ability; writer Drouillard has taken the notion, added her own slant, and created a likeable, at times somewhat bemused by her own ability, personality as her main character.

Following the good-natured, and at times bemused Sammi as she struggles to maintain her equilibrium as soon to be wife, bank employee, friend, and concerned citizen against the needs of the police and others around her for use of her ability to actually hear the thoughts of others and lead to solving of exceptionally baffling cases is set down in readable fashion by a new writer who has now produced three books, and surely as several more already filling her thoughts.

Drouillard’s characters are nicely developed, completed with enough detail to make them very believable, with the nicer folk very nice and very likeable, while the rogues tend to be downright rascals. Hard hitting dialogue, is pithy, convincing, and spot on. Settings are filled with enough description to draw the reader into the setting, hold interest tight and keep the reader turning the page.

Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is an absorbing tale as we follow Sammi Evans across nearly 300 pages to a satisfying conclusion.

Not for everyone, those who prefer a situation begins, and continues right through to the last page will not be so fond of a meandering tale comprising several varying situations. Those who enjoy interwoven tales, as I do, will find much to like on the pages of Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery.

Happy to recommend Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery.

===========================
Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews
molly martin
===========================
Product Details and Shipping Information from Amazon
TITLE Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery
AUTHOR Jeanne L Drouillard Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery
GENRE Mystery Thriller

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC (October 18, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984134263
ISBN-13: 978-0984134267



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