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Molly Madison is unaware of the Sociopath who is on the loose, creating havoc with a sense of their own justice. Her life is shattered by the sudden death of her beloved parents and the revelation of her husband Phillip’s affair – with another man – Molly leaves the life of Country Clubs and the luxury of city life and heads west to Montana, resolved to run the family ranch, and to move on with her life. Her attraction to Clayton Leatherbe, the ranch foreman, is instant, but before a romance can blossom, the ranch falls prey to sabotage by wealthy land developers determined to drive Molly out, and Clayton learns of a family secret and collides with the Sociopath that could put the ranch – and Molly’s life – in jeopardy.
Once Wicked Always Dead is a sharp mystery that swirls with family secrets, betrayal, love and loss
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Once Wicked Always Dead
September 1, 1985
The dimly lit room was specifically designed to create a soothing atmosphere for his patients. An illusion of safety and warmth was his mastermind. He was a Picasso when it came to the details of decorating his office. A large mahogany bookcase became his backdrop and held the treasure chest of necessary books he would use to refer to in order to diagnose his most tormented patients. It was after hours and he sat in a supple, dark leather chair with his pad and pen upon the table beside him. The room was silent except for the ticking of the clock. The woman who lay upon the overstuffed couch was not one of his usual patients. She began caressing the opulent fabric while enjoying the scrumptious feel of it as it touched her skin.
“Thank you for letting me see you so late,” she said softly, almost childlike. “I was pleasantly surprised when you called me and asked me to come in. Your office is beautiful. You have such an acquired taste, but I’m sure you have been told that before. I have always been curious, Doctor, how one develops such taste.”
The attractive brunette raised her head allowing her long hair to fall upon her back while giving him a brief glance. “You see, that has always been one of my problems,” she continued. “I guess you could say that is why I’m here with you. I’ve been with so many men whose taste, well, how shall I say, is unique. Some men just have the strangest taste, wouldn’t you say?”
She sat upright to adjust the strap of her candy apple red Stiletto. “I’m sure you personally know all about these kind of men, don’t you, Doc?” Her soft childlike voice began to emerge into that of a confident woman. “I really enjoy showing these men how bad their taste is. I mean, someone has to. Wouldn’t you agree? Let me give you an example of what I mean. I am specifically talking about their taste in sex.”
With a seductive smirk on her face, she cocked her head and looked at the man who was silent in his chair. “Some men have very peculiar taste when it comes to sex. You know what I’m talking about, Doc. They like ‘em young. You would be very surprised at how many men out there like the idea of having sex with very young girls.”
As she continued to speak she rose from the couch, allowing her trench coat to fall open and reveal the red teddy that she wore beneath it. She turned to face the doctor and continued talking as she seductively walked toward him. “But Doctor, I don’t have to tell you about these types of men, do I, when you personally know what I’m talking about, right?”
She now straddled the man, as she continued. “You can relate to these men, can’t you Doc, because you like little girls.” Bending over, she placed her mouth to the silent man’s head and with her full lips planted a big red kiss upon the top of his forehead then laughed.
“You see Doc,” she continued, “this is my calling, and this is what I was meant to do. Just call me your Super Hero, baby, because you know my motto: Once Wicked, Always Dead!”
With his body still warm, his ghastly hollow eyes stared into the dark abyss as the hypodermic needle protruded from the neck of his dead body. He was just another one of her many victims as she laughed hysterically at his expense.
Copyright © 2010 T. Marie Benchley
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Thursday, May 27, 2010Review: Trackle for the Fall: Once Wicked Always Dead!
They called her a sociopath, but she knew what she really was—she was a woman on a mission to eliminate all those individuals, usually men, who preyed on the innocent. And the first man to go was her stepfather! To do so, she was willing to assume the role of the “school girl” and dress and act out the role they wanted her to play, because they didn’t have the real thing right at the moment. Only this little girl was deadly for those who were wicked...
T. Marie Benchley has created quite a story! Normally, the serial killer takes the lead role; not so in Once Wicked Always Dead. In fact, that there is a killer loose is not the primary story, although, there is a later merge that is truly outstanding and unparalleled in my experience!
Molly Madison had just turned 45 when her world started to fall apart. On their way to visit, her parents had been killed in an accident. The relationship between her and her husband, Phillip had not been close for many years. He was always working and now was considering running for public office. After the shock of hearing about Molly’s parents, Phillip almost immediately realized that by selling their large ranch, he would have sufficient funds to begin his campaign.
Never knowing that her father had been thinking about leaving the ranch to his foreman, Clayton Leatherbe, who had become like a son to him, and knowing the Phillip would want the ranch sold, Molly was immediately caught in the pressure placed on her to sign the papers to sell the property.
And to further challenge Molly’s life, she was told face-to-face by her husband’s gay lover that he and Phillip were in love and she really had no place in his life anymore!
Only thing was that Phillip did not agree with his lover, even though they indeed had been involved. For Molly, it was just too much. She left Phillip and moved back into her parents’ home and began to take over the activities of her parents in running the ranch.
There were many there in Montan who were interested in getting all or part of that large spread. Soon, trouble started, with fences being cut, fires started and a murder takes place when a car is set on fire. But the man who was in the car comes as a big surprise and Molly begins to wonder if there is anybody that can be trusted!
What a perfect blend of character creation and manipulation! Readers are continuously caught off guard as to what these characters choose to do. Molly is a strong forgiving woman who comes back into her real self as head of the ranch and finds her own romance along the way.
Benchley is a cousin of Peter Benchley of Jaws and The Deep. For me, however, T. Marie in Once Wicked Always Dead has written a romantic suspense thriller that will be broadly read and remembered, perhaps even more so than for Peter's novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and strongly recommend you seek out T. Marie Benchley’s debut book!
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Labels: Montana, murder, romantic suspense, serial killer, T. Marie Benchley
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Book Review: Once Wicked Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley
May 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Book: Once Wicked Always Dead
Author & Illustrator: T. Marie Benchley
Publisher: M.M. W.E. Publishing House
Publish Date: September 1, 2010
Molly Madison is unaware of the Sociopath who is on the loose, creating havoc with a sense of their own justice. Her life is shattered by the sudden death of her beloved parents and the revelation of her husband Phillip’s affair – with another man – Molly leaves the life of Country Clubs and the luxury of city life in Florida and heads west to Montana, resolved to run the family ranch, and to move on with her life. Her attraction to Clayton Leatherbe, the ranch foreman, is instant, but before a romance can blossom, the ranch falls prey to sabotage by wealthy land developers determined to drive Molly out, and Clayton learns of a family secret and collides with the Sociopath that could put the ranch – and Molly’s life – in jeopardy.
A sharp mystery that swirls with family secrets, betrayal, love and loss, Once Wicked Always Dead is a strong debut from an author with literary blood in her veins.
I couldn’t put this book down. I received it in the mail on Saturday and finished it late Monday night. It was that good. This was my first time reading an uncorrected proof, and it really was “rough”. Although that threw me off a little, because there was no white space or any indicators when the story line changed, I eventually got used to it. T. Marie Benchley is an author and student in life. With a family heritage of actors/writers including famed author Peter Benchley of “Jaws and the Deep”, she was introduced to classic literature at an early age and remains a passionate reader. Although the only sharks on her pages are attorneys and the monsters in her plots are sociopaths, her primary desire is to entertain her readers. Though formally educated in journalism and marketing, she is also an avid traveler, finding inspiration for her novels by studying people and listening to their stories.
Molly Madison is a reasonably happy married woman whose daughter is now grown and whose husband has become increasingly distant, and she’s not sure why. Molly receives a cryptic phone call from one of her husband’s employees but before she is able to meet with this person to hear what they have to say, her parents are killed in a terrible car accident, while driving from their ranch in Montana to see their only daughter Molly and her family in Florida.
Molly ends up moving to the family ranch in Montana but some of the people there cannot accept this woman as the new head of the ranch, and they try to make her new life unpleasant. To top it off, there is a sociopath on the loose whose secrets can shatter Molly’s life – again.
I really enjoyed Molly’s budding relationship that begins in Montana and the ever-changing dynamics between a family after they’ve been broken apart. I did end up realizing the shattering secret before it was told, and the relationship between all of the parties before it was played out, but I still really had a good time reading the book. The characters were well-developed and the plot was well though out.
About the Author
T. Marie Benchley is an author and student in life. With a family heritage of actors/writers including famed author Peter Benchley of “Jaws and the Deep”, she was introduced to classic literature at an early age and remains a passionate reader. Although the only sharks on her pages are attorneys and the monsters in her plots are sociopaths, her primary desire is to entertain her readers. Though formally educated in journalism and marketing, she is also an avid traveler, finding inspiration for her novels by studying people and listening to their stories.
Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions provided are 100% mine
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Posted July 10, 2010, 10:48 AM EST: Molly just can't get any breaks. Her parents died suddenly and finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, with another man. This emotional roller coaster has broken her down in ways that she herself doesn't even understand. She packs up and moves to Montana. When she meets Clayton, she is captured by him and he makes her feel like she is alive once again. But when a nut job comes after the ranch, and Molly, she is in a puddle of emotions once again. I had my nose buried in this book from start to finish. I only got up to eat and go to the bathroom. And I actually took the book with me to do both of those things. T. Marie is about to be a household name, as common as James Patterson.
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