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Whispers of Murder
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Publisher:  Pixie Publishing ISBN-10:  B006YYJZK2 Type: 


Copyright:  January 16, 2012

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Whispers of Murder

It was Isabelle Donnelly’s wedding day, a moment in time that should have been the happiest in her life…until it ended it murder.

It was Isabelle Donnelly’s wedding day, a moment in time that should have been the happiest in her life…until it ended it murder.

Three women, three motives to kill:

--A jealous sister
--A company CFO
--A newfound friend

But which one is plotting against her? Which one wants her dead?

Think you know who did it? Think again.

Cheryl Bradshaw is an Amazon Kindle Best-Selling Author in Mystery: Hard-Boiled and Thriller: Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue.

Whispers of Murder received 4/5 stars from London's Vine Voice in February 2012--a top 500 reviewer who had this to say: This was an excellent, polished short read, full of interesting characters, a totally unexpected murder mystery, on Isabelle's wedding day of all days. It was very short, but it had warmth, a good mystery, some very believable characters, some humour, some intrigue and even danger, and a couple of red herrings. The explanation was very plausible, and all the characters likeable.




Born and raised in Southern California, Cheryl Bradshaw became interested in writing at a young age, but it was almost two decades before she put pen to paper. In 2009 Cheryl wrote her first novel, Black Diamond Death (Sloane Monroe Series, Book 1). Within six weeks of its release it was in the top #100 in two different mystery categories on the Kindle and has been a top ranked novel since April 2011 averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars from reviewers.

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Isabelle Donnelly’s eyes darted around the room, first to her mother, and then her sister before they came to rest on the man that stood as a barrier between herself and her betrothed.
“We are gathered here today in the presence of God to offer up our bounteous thanks for the gift of marriage, and to witness the joining together of Isabelle and Leo,” the pastor said.
Isabelle’s gaze returned to her mother who was perched on a pew in the front row. Her mother’s eyes were riveted on a single piece of lace fabric in her lap that she picked at like she hoped it would unravel, just like she wished the wedding would. She’d hadn’t made eye contact with her daughter since she entered the church, and Isabelle suspected she wouldn’t, not after the blow up she’d had with her father the night before. He’d knocked on the door to Isabelle’s hotel room with a request that he speak with her, but it didn’t take long for her to realize it was a last-ditch effort to dissuade her from the decision she’d made to marry. When she refused to listen to what he liked to call “the Donnelly voice of reason,” he stomped out the room, slamming the door behind him. She hadn’t seen him since.
The pastor continued. “Today is a time for family and friends to share in their commitment to each other by offering Isabelle and Leo our continued support, love and best wishes in their lives together.”
Isabelle’s sister, Misty, slouched back in her seat, rolled her eyes in disgust and exchanged a why-the-hell-are-you-doing-this glance with her. Isabelle scrunched her eyes shut and wished when they opened again her family would have all disappeared. Today was the day she would marry the man of her dreams, and yet everywhere she looked she was met with scowls of disapproval. It made her question why they’d come at all and why they hadn’t forsaken her like her father who abandoned her at that last moment to walk down the aisle alone. Did he really think she wouldn’t go through with it just because he disapproved? And where was Emmett? He promised he’d be there and yet she’d studied the faces of everyone in attendance. His wasn’t one.
Isabelle disregarded the tension that saturated the room and stared into Leo’s eyes. The room around them whirred to a stop, and in slow motion he slid the three-carat diamond ring into position on her finger. “I know we’ve only known each other for a few months,” he said, “but I’d feel the same even if it had been three years. I never knew women like you existed. From the first time we bumped into each another, I knew I had to have you. Nothing else mattered to me anymore, only you.”
A faint gagging sound broke the silence. Isabelle turned to her sister who clasped her hand to her throat like she had a piece of meat lodged inside that she was desperate to get out.
The pastor nudged Isabelle and placed his hand over hers. “It’s your turn,” he said and nodded toward Leo.
She cleared her throat. “Leo, I…”
The next two minutes passed by like a blur, and in the end Isabelle wasn’t sure if she’d said what she intended or if any of the vows she’d spent the past several days rehearsing had come out as planned. All that mattered to her now was that the wedding was over and the two of them could get on with their lives somewhere far away from the scrutiny of her family.
Leo rubbed his thumb over her hand and mouthed the words, “We’re almost there.”
The pastor surveyed the audience and spoke. “If any of you can show just cause why these two fine people shouldn’t be married, speak now or else forever hold your peace.”
Isabelle gave Misty a glare that said: stop the wedding and I’ll never forgive you. Her sister uncrossed her legs and crossed them together on the opposite side but remained silent.
The back doors to the church flung open like they’d been forced into submission by an onslaught of insurgents and Isabelle’s father staggered inside. Emmett followed close behind. Neither spoke, but her father eyeballed her with a solemn look on his face. A single tear traveled down his cheek and splashed down on the belt buckle that clung to the waist of his Wrangler jeans. She was stunned. Her father had never broken down in front of her before. Emmett ushered him to a row at the back of the room and they lowered their bodies down into their seats.
The preacher waited until they were settled in and continued. “Now that Isabelle and Leo have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, before us and before God as witness, and have shown their affection and trust by the giving and receiving of rings and by joining hands, and by the power vested in me I pronounce…”
Isabelle’s knees buckled like they’d been stuffed with cotton and she collapsed. Her head smacked against the hardwood floor upon impact and she lay there motionless, her eyes closed.
Within seconds her sister had scurried to her side and cradled Isabelle’s head in her lap. Leo bent down to touch her but Misty slapped his hand away. “Don’t touch her!” she hissed. “You did this!” She turned toward the back of the room and yelled, “Emmett?” But there was no need, he was already beside her.
What should have been one of the happiest moments in Isabelle’s life turned out to be the day her whole world unraveled.

Professional Reviews

Do Not Leave Home Without It!
Looking for something to read on the plane, in the waiting room, or while little princess finishes gymnastics? Or are you after a book you can read and finish in the same session. Then buy this book. It is a perfect little mystery to read in one sitting. The story line flows nicely, and the development of characters executed skillfully (no pun intended) Any of the characters could have "done it". The reader is constantly theorizing, tossing out characters, deciding in our own mind who did it, only to have it tossed again, after a new development in the story. I do feel Cheryl's writing style has grown and become more intense since Black Diamond Death. This is a great tale of intrigue before the release of "I Have a Secret" of the Sloane Monroe series. I am a fan!!!

An Absolute Must Read
If the word "novella" wasn't attached to it, I would have no idea this was a novella. It reads like a full length novel. Several times through out the book I thought I had it figured out and every time I was totally wrong. I loved all of the twists and turns which kept me guessing all the way to the very end of the book.The characters are wonderfully written and the plot line flows seamlessly. I could not put it down. I read it all the way through in one sitting. It's a definite must read book.

Interesting Murder Mystery
After reading a few pages, you know something is wrong about her marriage and her family. Her newlywed husband is not who he said he was and is killed by someone on their wedding night. Who is responsible for his death keeps you guessing until the end of the book. I typically don't get really excited about murder mysteries in general, but this little novella I did find intriguing; it held my interest and kept me turning pages until it was done. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and interesting read and it should be of particular interest to actual murder mystery fans!

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