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Flowers for Emily
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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595444997


Copyright:  Sept, 2007 ISBN-13:  9780595444997

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Leaving the safety of her homeland Veronica (Roni) Donavan will follow a serial killer across the world to avenge her sister's death.

After two years of searching for a serial killer that she believes murdered her little sister, criminal pathologist Dr. Veronica Donavan refuses to accept the crime’s cold casing.  Roni vows to solve the case herself and disregards her superior’s orders to halt her investigation. She follows her leads from Scotland Yard in London to Denver, Colorado, certain she has found the man responsible for her family’s grief.


With a good bit of luck and a little deception, Roni secures her place with the local team of FBI agents racing to stop the murderer that has begun to prey on Denver area girls, unaware that the case may hinge on a certain fact about her own life. Blinded by her fervent quest for justice, Roni is ultimately given the missing clues she needs to solve the case, as well as hope for personal happiness in the form of Dean Colby, the handsome agent assigned to protect her.


But it will take Dean’s keen intuition and expertise to make Roni realize that she is the next target of a psychopath, and there’s much more at stake than just her career.
Nerves bunched up in her stomach and she stood to walk to the large picture window of her rented apartment. The lights of downtown Denver were beautiful against the dark outline of the Rockies, but the scenery was as unfamiliar to her as the deception she planned. Taking a calming breath she closed her eyes and rested her head against the cool glass, wakening her inner voice. It defended her actions for the thousandth time.
If she weren’t sure it was him, it would be different. However, he had all but sent her a forwarding address when the killings resumed with the exact same modus operandi. She had sworn to do everything in her power to stop this maniac, and the information she carried in her head could cut the FBI’s investigation time by more than half. That alone was worth a few well-laid lies.
Sighing heavily, she turned back to the coffee table and picked up the folder that always seemed to be lying on top, the face in front of her blurring through the tears that filled her eyes. Yeah, it was worth it. It was worth lying to her boss, her family, anybody. It was a means to an end, the end of a literal nightmare.

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Two years of searching for a serial killer most people think is long gone or dead has consumed Dr Veronica “Roni” Donovan's life. She has become fixated on capturing this killer so he can not cause any more grief then he already has. The trail has gone cold until the killings begin again in the USA. Once she gets herself assigned to the team as a liaison from Scotland Yard she thinks she is home free. That is until two things happen that complicate her search and her life. The first one is Dean Colby. The sparks that fly when these two are in a room together are undeniable and the second minor complication to her life is that some where along the way the killer has become as fixated on her as she has on him.
I have to admit that I was worried about reading Flowers For Emily. Ms. Vance had captured my heart with her first book and I was worried that her latest couldn't live up to my high expectations. Two pages into this book I realized I had nothing to fear. Ms Vance once again created a world and characters that are electrifying and I couldn't stop reading until the last page. If she keeps this up I may never need to diet again. This book is a definite must own and a true keeper congratulations, Ms Vance, you've done it yet again.-Mary Ebert

Mystery Gazette/Bookcrossing
Scotland Yard Inspector Veronica (Roni) Donovan had given up ever finding the serial killer who murdered her sister; her obsession with bringing this animal down also killed her marriage. However, the culprit seemingly vanished as the murders suddenly stopped.

She remains frustrated until he “sends” her his deadly business card from Denver. Apparently, he has surfaced and she plans to help the local police bring this predator down. In Denver before she reports to the cops, she stops for a workout at a gym where she engages and knocks down Dean Colby in a kickboxing match. He is the FBI agent in charge of the serial killing investigation. As they team up, they are attracted to one another; ironically the culprit is also fascinated by Roni as the sister of a victim. She offers herself up as bait over the Fed’s objection as he fears he will lose her to this lethal genius.

FLOWERS FOR EMILY is a fabulous romantic police procedural starring a tough ass female and an open minded male “match make” by a devious killer. The story line is fast-paced as the two law enforcement officials from separate sides of the pond work together to end the murderous reign. The instant attraction seems unnecessary, but does add to the triangle once the killer hones in on Roni. Readers will enjoy this strong thriller with a terrific final twist that should have been obvious, but most aficionados will not see it coming until Monday morning quarterbacking.-Harriet Klausner


Huntress Reviews
Scotland Yard Inspector Veronica (Roni) Donovan comes to the States in her quest to try and close a case that has cost her a marriage and a sister's life so far. Before she even begins, her frustrations drive her to the gym where she has a brief encounter with a handsome mystery man, Dean Colby, who she next sees at work. As it happens, he is an FBI agent and on the same case. After the initial awkwardness passes, the pair is able to work together as they try to stop a serial killer who is now fixated on Roni herself. Though she is willing to take whatever risks needed, Dean is not sure he is able to face losing her, even though inevitably, he will, either through the murderer's victory or when she goes back home. When all the clues are added up though, neither could have anticipated what would happen next.

Though the instant romantic/sexual attachment that forms does stretch my credulity a bit, such things are the norm. Once past this, the reader is treated to a complex, edge of your seat thriller that holds surprises and a nicely twisted solution. –Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews

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Reviewed by Alice Berger 10/23/2007
Dr. Veronica Donavan (Roni) has spent the last two years hunting down a serial killer she believes took the life of her little sister, Emily. When Scotland Yard closes the case, she moves to Denver where she believes he has resumed his killing spree.

As the case unfolds, more information comes to light, revealing that Roni holds the key to the whole investigation – and that she may be the killer’s intended target.

Agent Dean Colby is assigned to protect her, and he moves into her apartment and into her bed. Although neither is looking for love, they can’t deny the passion that blazes between them, and discover that love may have found them.

Just when you think the case has been solved, the author throws a curveball. The climax will leave you stunned, hoping that Roni can outsmart the killer and find true love after all.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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