||May 1 1999/Dec. 2005
Alex Masters has given up prostitution, lives on the "right" side of
town, has a respectable job and is about to launch a singing career on
the side. While making a deposit for her employer at Bay City Central,
her past catches up with her in the time it takes a bank robber's bullet
to pierce her arm. Alex finds herself caught in a tangle of robbery,
murder and blackmail. Clearing herself of suspicion means returning to
her former haunts while still maintaining her new-found respectability.
Which "life" will win the balancing act when it's all over?
Beau leaned back against the pillows and just let her work her magic. He couldn't even remember this one's name, but she
was a real beauty. Interesting, he'd never noticed her before.
She held his hand with a feather-like touch as the tip of her tongue ran up and down each finger.
"My mama used to be a palm reader," she whispered, her tongue tracing the lines of his palm.
Beau grunted a laugh, he could play the game. "Yeah? What'd she teach you?"
"This is your life line," her tongue trailed across his palm and came to an abrupt halt. She sat up, staring at his hand.
"Hey baby, don't stop now."
But she was kneeling at his side, fear in her eyes.
"What?" he growled, anxious for her to get down to business.
She pointed to a mark that crossed his life line.
"Somethin' bad's gonna happen. I think you're gonna die."
He laughed. "So are you baby. Everybody does."
"I mean soon."
"Bitch, you gonna die here and now, if you don't get back to doin' what I brought you here for."
She straddled him, placing her hands on his shoulders.
"I mean it, Beau. You need to be careful. You're gonna die real soon."
He reached up and pulled her mouth to his.
He found himself fantasizing. The face that floated before his mind's eye was that damn princess Alex. Little miss high and
mighty, thinking she's too good for him. He'd show the bitch.
The nameless whore's squeal brought him to the present.
"You're hurting me!"
"I'll show you hurt," he replied. But he was thinking again of Alex and just how, one of these days he would get even with her.
As soon as he came, she slid out of bed and started to dress.
"Hey, the fun's just beginning baby, come on back here."
She shook her head. "No way. I don't want to be here when it happens."
He sat up. "Shit. What happens?"
"I told you." She stood staring at him, hands on her hips, clad only in her micro-mini skirt. "You're gonna buy it soon, and I
don't want to be here when it happens."
"That stuffs nothin' but superstitious crap."
She shook her head as she hooked her bra. "You can believe what you want. I just know what my mama taught me. And she
was never wrong."
She tugged a t-shirt over her head and grabbing up her shoes, darted out the bedroom door. Beau's laughter followed her
down two flights of steps and out of the house.
Dead Birds Don't Sing review by Molly Martin
DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING
by Brenda M. Boldin
' Alex Masters entered the Bay City Central Bank
at full speed, grateful the door hadn't been
locked yet. Several people waited in line for the
tellers. She was going too fast and lurched into
the last man standing in line.
"Oh God, I'm so sorry," Alex said as the stranger
whirled around to glare at her. An explanation
seemed necessary as he continued to stare at her.
"I need to get this deposit in before two
o'clock." Alex held up the heavy canvas bag. "I
ran all the way here." ' From these opening words
right down to the last page Brenda M. Boldin's
first novel draws the reader into a tale filled
with mystery and intrigue.
Alex Masters was unaware her carefully constructed
'new' life was about to change when she made her
breathless rush to deposit the day's receipts for
her boss at the Secretarial School where she was
now employed. Alex realizes to her horror that the
men entering the building not long after she joins
a line inside the bank are men she knows and knows
too well. Taken hostage during a daring robbery
Alex faces death first at the hands of her
abductors and then later by someone she does not
suspect at all.
Reminiscent of the twists and turns found in
'Pepper Pike' by Les Roberts and filled with Erle
Stanley Gardner style conniving; DEAD BIRDS DON'T
SING is a 'keep you turning the page' read. The
consternation felt by Alex is both unmistakable
and believable. Desperation driving Alex to find
some answers and protect herself is something we
can all feel and identify with. The interlaced
personal issues officer Cole Armstrong and Alex
realize have risen between them, share space here
within an complex well wrought thriller by this
novice writer. Bolden's cleverness for the
interplay that takes place between people and her
expressive account suck the reader right into the
This new novelist has a comprehension of the
mysterious presence many do not possess. She
skillfully uses that understanding to present a
set of well thought out characters who keep you
turning the pages to see what will happen next.
DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING offers the reader a chance
to ponder just how they might have read the clues
surrounding the one person Alex only realizes too
late is the one who carries the most menace for
This almost native Virginian was born in
Cleveland, OH and is a graduate of
Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach. She
earned her BA from Roanoke College, Salem VA.
Brenda is currently living in Virginia Beach with
her a chaplain at a sub acute hospital and campus
pastor at Old Dominion University husband, 8 year
old son and 4 Cats. This soccer mom whose favorite
non writing pastime after her family is reading
with mysteries high on the list works part-time as
a secretary at a Methodist church.
DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING is Brenda Bolden's first
mystery thriller. We who enjoy thrillers are
delighted to know that Brenda is hard at work on
the next and many more novels in this series. DEAD
BIRDS DON'T SING is a narrative that will grab you
and hold you tight from the first line right on
down to the last page. Enjoyable read, highly
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Dead Birds Don't Sing review by Aimee McLeod
DEAD BIRDS DON’T SING
By Brenda M. Boldin
Published by: Ebooks On The Net
Available: May 2000
Genre: Suspense Mystery
Review by Aimee McLeod
Alex Masters has finally gotten her first break in an otherwise hard life.
Living on the right side of town, in her own apartment and holding down her
first job at a secretarial school, she is beginning to believe the past is
finally behind her. At least until the day she is at the bank doing
business and it is held-up. Alex’s past, disguised in a ski mask, suddenly
returns to haunt her.
Now, desperate to conceal her knowledge from the police, hunted by the bank
robbers and unsure of whom she can trust, Alex continues to struggle in a
vain attempt to restore peace to her new life. Hoping to steer clear of old
habits, she auditions as a singer in a small downtown club. Her excitement
is short-lived however, when the lead guitarist turns out to be the same
police detective who is investigating the bank robbery.
Written mainly from Alex’s perspective, this mystery had great potential.
Sexual tension shoots beneath the surface between Alex and the police
detective, yet his character is never fully developed nor utilized to the
extent it could have been. This being the first in a series of books about
Alex Masters, I hope to delve deeper into her past or her future with
upcoming installments as the author has left Alex’s past with enough holes
and events hidden to justify another whole book.
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Dead Bird Don't Sing review by Lorie Ham
Dead Birds Don't Sing
By Brenda M. Boldin
Alex Masters has had a hard life. She ran away from an abusive home and found herself on
the street working as a prostitute. When a crime boss takes a liking to her and decides to
move her from his bed to a spare room, her life is changed forever. After his arrest he sets her
up in a nice condo and all the money she needs to start a new life on the straight and narrow.
She's doing well working at a secretarial school until she stumbles into the middle of a bank
robbery. Things are made more complicated when she recognizes the robbers and is taken
The police rescue her but this is not the end of her troubles as she later finds herself running
not only from the bank robbers, but the police. The tension builds as she begins to suspect
that one of the officers on the case is on the take, and one of the robbers is murdered and she
becomes the chief suspect. Alex ends up trusting the wrong people and almost ends up dead
before this is resolved.
This book drew me in as I went along, and made me anxious for the ending as the suspense
intensified. This was an enjoyable first book and I look forward to watching this writer grow.
Written by Lorie Ham, author of Murder in Four Part Harmony & The Trouble with Tenors.
Read sample chapters at www.LorieHam.com
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|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING is Brenda Bolden’s first mystery thriller. We who enjoy thrillers are delighted to know that Brenda is hard at work on the next and many more novels in this series. DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING is a narrative that will grab you and hold you tight from the first line right on down to the last page. Enjoyable read, highly recommended.
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