“A unique, entertaining, emotionally powerful, deftly crafted, highly recommended work that will leave the reader looking eagerly toward Laurel's next foray into the mystery/suspense genre.”

-Midwest Book Reviewer



Jane Perry is engineered to solve crimes—she’s smart, decisive, and doesn’t let emotions get in the way. But her newest assignment will call on other skills, most notably, acting as a protector and mother figure to a wounded girl.


Young Emily Lawrence witnessed her parents’ murders, and homicide detective Jane Perry’s been assigned to keep her safe, while trying to get her to divulge the repressed memories of the event. While Perry normally stops at nothing to get to the bottom of a case, this reticent child poses a special challenge. Perry’s not known for her maternal skills, and playing surrogate mother to a young crime victim is not in her repertoire.


This unusual case, with incredibly high stakes, forces Perry to confront some of her own deepest insecurities, while keeping her endangered young charge safe, and putting an end to a murderer’s despicable career.


Another compelling and complex Jane Perry mystery awaits in the just-released Knowing, available now for NOOK.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Laurel recommends:


A few years ago, I bought my husband a few books by Irish mystery author, John Connolly. I then decided to check out the first chapter in one of them and was hooked from that day forward. What I love about Connolly is that his writing and observations of individuals are exceptionally poetic and demonstrate to me that he's a student of human nature. His stories also engage with a mystical/paranormal edge, which I love, since my Jane Perry series has a similar undercurrent. 

There's a lyrical quality to Connolly's work and I find myself highlighting quotes or passages that are insightful and memorable. One of them, I still keep close by on my desk: "For the voice of the present contains the echo of the past." 


While it's not the first in his series, The Lovers is one of my favorites because of its expertly interwoven story.



NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Laurel Dewey” to download her complex mysteries.


by pdwn on ‎12-07-2012 08:55 AM

Thanks again for all the free books.

by Sherryathome on ‎12-07-2012 08:59 AM

thanks to everyone for the great selections this week!  Lots of new books I haven't seen before.  btw:  The Gift of Christmas Present is no longer free..

by clay_nook on ‎12-07-2012 09:05 AM

As always, wonderful selections.  Thanks for all the research you all do to provide the extra links.

by IrishFire on ‎12-07-2012 09:07 AM

Thank you!!  Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!!!

by felicitous_dove on ‎12-07-2012 09:11 AM

The Gift of Christmas Present    by: Melody Carlson

This is no longer free, it lists as $9.99 So please be careful to check prices before you click. 

by golden1WB on ‎12-07-2012 09:29 AM

I am new to this community, but I love my NOOK.  Most of the time I miss the free Friday because of work.  I am so glad that I didn't miss it today.  I can't wait to start reading this book, as I love a good mystery.

by michealep91 on ‎12-07-2012 09:37 AM

Thanks so much everyone for all the great reads!!  Have a fantatastic weekend!

by PH03N1X on ‎12-07-2012 10:45 AM

So many good books to download so little time :smileyvery-happy: appreciate everyone that has posted free books I really enjoy Fridays. Thank you and I hope everyone has a great weekend.


by Evilynn on ‎12-07-2012 10:52 AM

@golden1WB - If you miss Free Friday, check it on Saturday. Many times the books are still free.


Thank you, Jeremy, for the detective story. I love those! A big "Thank you" to everyone who took the time to post extra free books. It's such a nice thing for you to do.

by judy9569 on ‎12-07-2012 11:06 AM

Thank you BN for the free Fridays and to Jeremy, Butterfly and Spec for the selections.

by Keikeo on ‎12-07-2012 11:13 AM

I love Free Fridays this was a great week for free books Thank you to all that take the time for us to enjoy the books

by Betony on ‎12-07-2012 11:55 AM

Thank you so much for Free Fridays!

by greenup2save on ‎12-07-2012 12:49 PM
by SueTK on ‎12-07-2012 02:02 PM

Once again--a HUGE thanks to all who post the free books they find.  I love my NOOK and all of the wonderful people who believe in books, reading, and literacy!  Big hugs to all of you.  

by mackiesmom on ‎12-07-2012 02:29 PM

Thank you, again this week, for the many free books offered for Nook readers.