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Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2015
  • 9781517390334 1517390338
  • 350 pages
  • $15.00
Ebook Details
  • 10/2015
  • B01598CM1W
  • 342 pages
  • $3.99
Necessary Evil

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

My name is Madeleine Warwick and I'm a woman under siege. Several years ago, a treasure hunting reality show resurrected the long-forgotten tale of Civil War treasure buried on my family's property. Ever since, amateur treasure hunters have been trespassing, invading our land. When their negligence cost my uncle his life, I forged a letter to disprove the treasure's existence. This stopped the hunters – but only for a time. Now they are coming back and, what’s worse, my secret has been discovered. Arrogant Professor Gregory Randall knows about the forged letter, and he can ruin me with one phone call. But he won’t – as long I let him stay on the property to search for the treasure himself. It isn't easy living in the same house as your blackmailer, and there's more to Randall than meets the eye. He’s convinced there’s something to find, and I’m starting to think he might be right. But even as we race to find the treasure first, the situation is becoming dangerous. Someone is determined to stop us: and they aren't afraid to use violence to do so. I’m running out of ideas, options, and time, and what’s worse, my blackmailer is the only one I can rely on. My first defense is the last man I can trust.
Reviews
Madeleine Warwick, the narrator of Traynor’s skillfully plotted mystery, lives with her aunt on their New Hampshire horse farm, which has been in their family for centuries. Following rumors spawned by a reality show that treasure is buried somewhere on the land, a steady stream of opportunists have trespassed on the farm, disturbing the grounds by digging holes by dark. One such hole resulted in Madeleine’s uncle falling death from his horse, leading Madeleine to forge a document for the purpose of permanently debunking the treasure’s existence. After a pompous professor learns of the forgery, intruders continue to invade the property. Traynor (Summer Shadows) intersperses 19th-century letters and diary entries from individuals associated with the alleged Chase family treasure, while her restrained prose gracefully unveils the living characters’ true motivations. Distinctive prose is a plus: “A hole is such a silent thing. It’s a danger unlike most others, where the absence of matter is its greatest weapon. I pondered that it wasn’t dirt that killed my uncle, but the lack of it.” (BookLife)
Emily-Jane Hills Orford, for Readers Favorite

The Chase farm is not doing so well. The bills are mounting and the recurring accidents on the riding trails are not good for business. After all, who would want their child learning to ride at a stable where the riding trails are riddled with potholes? Maddie is beside herself with worry. Her Uncle Michael was killed when his horse stepped into one of the holes at a full run. Now her best and only riding instructor has almost met a similar fate. Will the holes never stop appearing? The forged letter was supposed to insure a lack of interest in the possibility of treasure buried on Chase property, treasure from the Civil War era. When Professor Randall appears, determined to find the treasure once and for all, Maddie is put in a difficult position: allow him to stay and conduct his research, or risk his revealing the truth about the forged letter. That's when complications intensify and the man who, years ago, Maddie had a childhood crush on comes back into her life and starts romancing her. 

Killarney Traynor's Necessary Evil is a treasure hunt story with an interesting twist. She uses letters and diaries written from the Civil War era to help lead the sleuths on their search. These old writings help build a second story within the novel, bringing the characters of the past to life just as much as the characters in the present try to read between the lines to decode the underlying mystery. This is a very compelling read. It's a real page-turner with a little bit of everything, past and present, including a treasure hunt. Well done!

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2015
  • 9781517390334 1517390338
  • 350 pages
  • $15.00
Ebook Details
  • 10/2015
  • B01598CM1W
  • 342 pages
  • $3.99

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