Susan Carol Kent, author
People in Potoma still leave their back doors unlocked and welcome newcomers with pot pies and lemonade on the porch. In this sleepy riverside community that attracts people of all ages to its clean white-sand beaches, picnic-perfect pocket parks, charming Victorian B & Bs, and golf-cart friendly streets, a busy week for the police department usually involves a few parking tickets and an occasional noise complaint about weekend tourists. So when someone attempts to murder a popular teenage girl in her own home and doesn’t leave a trace—or a clue to the murder weapon, it’s a mad police scramble to find the perpetrator. Naturally, they focus on the girl’s neighbors who all had access and opportunity if not a clear motive and immediately discover that each has a secret to hide—but which smokescreen is connected to the attempted murder? Officer Katie Bell, along with her partner, Anna, must spring into action to solve the mystery, track the would-be killer, foil a second murder attempt, reveal the neighborhood skeletons, and prevent an evil mastermind from carrying out a nefarious plan with dire consequences for the whole town. When Katie finally digs up all the answers she also unwittingly unearths a horrifying scheme that will change her beloved hometown forever if she doesn’t stop it. Packed with one twist and turn after another that you never see coming, the story spirals to an explosive climax and a shocking revelation. Part mystery, part psychological thriller, with some old-fashioned romance and a little humor thrown in for good measure, this is a lesson in the true definition of bad neighbors and how astonishing evil can reside in the postcard-perfect house next door.