And on the Surface Die – Lou Allin, Author

September 20, 2009 at 11:29 pm (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

And on the Surface Die

And on the Surface Die – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘”Don’t discount petty-ante crime,” Ben Rodgers, her mentor in The Pas, had told her. “Sometimes they’re part of a bigger picture, and it usually involves drugs. Why steal a CD player you can sell for only a twenty unless you need another fix?” But Ben had made his own fatal error. Their last month together, checking out a stolen car seen at a trailer park, he hadn’t expected the twelve-year-old deaf boy to be holding a rifle instead of an air gun.’

These words were remembered by Holly Martin as she took charge of her first post as a Corporal in Fossil Bay. Fossil Bay, located on the south coast of Vancouver Island, had its fair share of drunk drivers, speeders, theft and as Holly found out on her 1st day of command, an occasional drowning.

Angie Didrickson’s body had been found by a diver while taking underwater photos. Angie, a student of Notre Dame and one of their star swimmers, was on a senior trip. The trip was supervised by teachers in hopes of keeping the drinking and substance abuse to a minimum. But that didn’t seem to stop some of them from slipping out of their tents at night in hopes of a little enjoyment.

And on the Surface Die turned out to be a very enjoyable book. It kept me in suspense, as I tried to determine what really happened to Angie and why. Author Lou Allin added another mystery to the story with the disappearance of Holly’s own mother. She is drawn between her loyalty to her father and the man her mother was apparently seeing behind his back.

One thing that really impressed me with Allin’s style of writing was the way she took one mystery, added another and kept the lines open for a continuation of the story. And I, for one, can’t wait to read what happens next.

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Fatal Encryption by Debra Purdy Kong Gives A Whole New Meaning to the Term Kermit The Frog

September 20, 2009 at 12:43 am (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , )



Dressed as Kermit the Frog on Halloween night, an unemployed Alex Bellamy wonders where his life went wrong. It could be worse. A few miles away, Coquitlam resident, Zachary Ternoway, is stabbed at his front door. In need of cash, Alex agrees to help catch a computer prankster at McKinleys’ Department Store. But things turn serious when someone vows to permanently encrypt the store’s data and torch the building unless ten million dollars is handed over in two weeks. Alex knows there’s a connection between the murder and the extortion threat, yet time’s running out. People are questioning his competency, and a killer’s threatening his life.


FATAL ENCRYPTION is a corporate caper with plenty of twists and turns, and an assortment of appealing characters to keep you guessing. Debra Purdy Kong’s newest novel offers a well-plotted mystery reminiscent of the classic whodunits. A great beach read!” – Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author




“A riveting mystery, FATAL ENCRYPTION is highly recommended.” Midwest Book Review


“This is the type of book that makes you long for the next in the series as you approach the end – a page turner with more depth than most.” Julie Ferguson, Author of Book Magic


“Debra Purdy Kong writes with a flair for technology. This is an entertaining read and mystery readers will love it.” Debra Gaynor for


“Recommended as a fun read offering a different plot and fun characters.”


Fatal Encryption is available in print at

Kindle version is available at


Check out the most in-depth review I’ve ever had at



Debra175gifAUTHOR’S BIO


Award-winning writer, Debra Purdy Kong, is a long-time resident of Port Moody, British Columbia. After earning a diploma in criminology, she began writing short stories while working at various clerical positions. Eventually, she left day-jobs for full-time parenting, some volunteering, and more writing. Once her children were older, she worked in retail while continuing to write. She now works part-time as a communications officer for a security company.


Debra has completed four novels and published more than eighty short stories, essays, and articles for publications that include Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, Lynx Eye, Orchard Press Mysteries, Crimestalker Casebook, Futures Magazine, and Shred of Evidence. She also writes reviews of books in all genres and posts them on and other locations.


In 2007, she won honorable mention at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference for her short story, “Some Mother’s Child”, and had the great pleasure of receiving her award from Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte.


For more information about Debra and her work visit,, or visit her blogs at or

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