“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 rbymtn on ‎12-07-2012 02:35 PM


Thank you for another great Free Friday choice! It looks like an interesting series and I look forward to checking it out.

by mikesmartha on ‎12-07-2012 02:38 PM

Whoo hoo looks like my kind of book!! Thanks to Jeremy and all for the great job all of you do keeping me in books I might not have found! Have a great weekend everyone :smileyhappy:

by BethAnnCullen on ‎12-07-2012 02:45 PM

Thank you so much! :cathappy:

by HisSheep23 on ‎12-07-2012 03:08 PM

WOW! You outdid yourself this week -- my NOOK is full! THANK YOU! ;o)

by Lynda316 on ‎12-07-2012 03:51 PM


Some of these may be novellas. I never can tell how many pages they are.



Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo (Toronto Series #1)





Deadly Stillwater



Perfect Crime



Extreme Malice





Haunted on Bourbon Street (Book 1 Jade Calhoun Series)



Once Bitten (Alexa O'Brien Huntress Book 1)



The Island - Part 1 (f you like this one, Books 2 and 3 are also free)



The Book of Deacon



Starfire Angels (Starfire Angels: Dark Angel Chronicles Book 1)



Stewards of the Flame





When Calls the Heart



Until You



Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance



When We Touch






Out of Time



A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1)



Aphrodite's Kiss (Superhero Series Book 1)



Sunrise at Sunset (Sunset Vampire Series, Book 1)






Legend of the White Dragon: Legends










by ohnorita on ‎12-07-2012 05:26 PM
YAY!! A LAUREL DEWEY BOOK ! I had read part of this book just in a glancing, trying to see what this author was like. I did not want to stop reading! I am a huge fan of original, unique, but believable lead characters. Whether they are male or female. I am excited! Anticipation for her next release, KNOWING.
by ohnorita on ‎12-07-2012 05:32 PM

YAY!! A LAUREL DEWEY BOOK ! I had read part of this book just in a glancing, trying to see what this author was like. I did not want to stop reading! I am a huge fan of original, unique, but believable lead characters. Whether they are male or female. I am excited! Anticipation for her next release, KNOWING.

by JamericanSpice on ‎12-07-2012 11:12 PM

Thank you for the great choices!

by coinslot330 on ‎12-08-2012 11:10 AM

Many thanks to all who posted.  I have downloaded at LEAST two from each list--with the exception of psot with the single title.  But I downloaded that, too!  Happiest of Holidays to all of you!  :heart:

by ponkle on ‎12-10-2012 07:40 AM

I am so sad I missed this. It's Monday and I'm finally able to get online and it's not free anymore. Darn this one is just the kind I love.