North Carolina Author Susan Whitfield Blows Readers Away With Her Murder Mystery Hell Swamp

August 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hell Swamp smReviews for Hell Swamp:


Murder Mystery Oozes Local Color, July 7, 2009

By  Monte Seewald “Jacqueline Seewald”

When Clara Banoak is murdered in a gruesome manner…Agent Logan Hunter, SBI Agent, is brought in to investigate the crime. The victim hated hunters and was an outspoken animal rights activist. Logan must discover whether this crime is a retaliation of the hunters or if they are being made scapegoats. This fast-paced suspenseful novel does not stint on character development. Logan, a tall, attractive woman who suffers from night terrors, is a well-rounded character.… The novel offers many twists and turns… But the most fascinating thing about this novel is the use of local color. The author’s sense of North Carolina is authentic; the novel is steeped in atmosphere. Definitely a book worth reading! *****



Another Writer’s Review, February 16, 2009

By  Mary Deal “Author/Writer” (Kauai, Hawaii, USA)  

The action jumps out at you from the first chapter and never lets up. North Carolina’s Agent Logan Hunter learns that the people who live around the swamp have their own rules. This is edgy stuff that made me grit my teeth. ~~ Mary Deal, author of River Bones



Carolina Low Country   Maggie Bishop (Boone, North Carolina, USA)

Carolina Low Country tale of greed and misguided deeds. Fasten your seat belts for this fast-paced read.



A Great Read!, July 7, 2009

By  JRM “The Tsarina” (Laurens, SC)

Hell Swamp. What a story! Author Susan Whitfield whisks her readers off to the rural south to solve a grisly murder. Her hard hitting prose leads us through swamps and down dirt roads, into both mansions and shacks, before finally presenting us with a surprisingly evil conclusion.
Susan Whitfield created a strong female protagonist who is at the same time feminine and sexy. A good role model for us all!


Watch out for the Snakes!, July 2, 2009

By  Martha A. Cheves (Charlotte, NC) –

I’ve followed SBI Agent Logan Hunter through her internship at Genesis Beach as she solved her first murder. I followed her through the NC Mountains in Just North of Luck as she solved yet another murder. Now I’ve followed her into the NC backwoods as she tries to survive in Hell Swamp while solving the murder and gutting of Clara Banoak… Whitfield outdid herself with Hell Swamp. She created a murder mystery that has a surprising ending while including a little humor along the way that only Whitfield can get by with. This was another enjoyable book in the Logan Hunter series. I can’t wait to read her next book, Gator Creek.



The Backwoods Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before, March 24, 2009

By  Renee Washburn (Durham, NC USA)


SBI agent Logan Hunter finds herself caught in the middle of – to say the least – quite interesting circumstances that only seem to grow stranger over time. Unsettling characters and a host of bizarre rituals combine to complicate Hunter’s investigation, and her resolve is further tested by emergent problems in her personal life. To top it all off, the simultaneously beautiful and deadly Hell Swamp, the daunting backdrop of all the action, adds its own mysterious flavor and mystical lore to the mix.


In the third installment of the Logan Hunter Mystery Series, Whitfield doesn’t miss a step with Hell Swamp. Action-packed, intriguing, and rife with suspense, Hunter’s latest adventure through the heart of rural North Carolina exposes the reader once again to the particular folkways and mores of a mini-society that proves to be quite compelling. Not one to engage in exaggerated satire, though, Whitfield is to be commended for framing her characters in a realistic light, exposing their adopted habits and lifestyles without turning them into caricaturish, backwoods rubes.


Hell Swamp also solidifies Whitfield’s status as a true master of mystery. Her prose is tight and engaging, and her suspenseful writing style leaves the reader no choice but to turn page after page in anticipation of the latest unexpected twist.


Followers of Susan Whitfield will surely not be disappointed with her latest effort, and it will most certainly be successful in drawing even greater numbers to her ever-growing fan base. An enjoyable, recommended read.


David Fingerman, Minnesota Reads (July 15, 2009)


…a good old fashioned roller coaster ride. One of the refreshing things in reading Hell Swamp is that Whitfield has done her homework as far as police procedure…if Whitfield isn’t following procedure, at least it’s more than enough to suspend my disbelief. She also sprinkles in very humorous and colorful descriptions:  “cloud’s bladder emptied on me”, “nose resembled a bull’s hairy gonad”.  There’s not enough to drown the flavor of her general prose, but enough for an occasional chuckle in a tense situation. After reading Hell Swamp, any thoughts I had about living in a small town just sank.


 Susan Whitfield

Susan Whitfield, author of The Logan Hunter Mystery series
Genesis Beach:  The victim is beaten to death with a sock.
Just North of Luck: The ABCs have never been so twisted!
Hell Swamp:  Black River Plantation holds sinister secrets.

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Rayna of Nightwind by R.A. Baker

August 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm (scifi, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

raynaofnightwindIn the troubled land of Taren rules a bitter, oppressive regent named Nephredom, who alone maintains the Gate a Psi-magical barrier that contains thousands of mutated beasts, that were once men. However, the strain of keeping the Gate has pushed Nephredom to the edge of madness, and it is only a matter of time before the Gate opens.

Into this world comes an outsider. Following a bizarre lightning storm, college student Rayna Powell finds herself lost and alone in Taren with only her stubborn instincts and logical mind to guide her. She is a student of science, but what she experiences in Taren defies science, and forces her to come to terms with the unknown powers growing inside her. Many of the people of Taren believe Rayna to be a Power –the greatest kind of mage, who holds wields the legendary magic chaotic. Treachery and political strife run rampant as opposing factions clash, with Rayna caught in the middle.

She reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious woman with a bounty (imposed by Nephredom himself) on her head, who in exchange for Rayna’s help promises to help Rayna in her quest to return home. However, as they flee and hide from Nephredom’s red-robed minions, the price of the stranger’s help may be higher than what Rayna is willing to pay.
Come, brave souls…the world of Taren beckons.

Category: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Apollo House Press
ISBN-10: 0978751876
ISBN-13: 978-0978751876

rabakerAuthor Bio:
R.A. Baker is the author of the new fantasy novel “Rayna of Nightwind. He was born in a small town in North Carolina, before his family moved to Virginia. He grew up watching TV shows like “Star Trek” and “The Twighlight Zone”, which sparked an interest in sci-fi and fantasy at an early age. R.A. Baker went on to write stories throughout school and college, winning several writing awards and competitions. Soon after college, the author began work on the novel “Rayna of Nightwind” and finished it a few years later. He is now working on the second novel in the series tentatively titled, “Beyond The Band Of Death”. In addition to writing, R. A. Baker enjoys art, reading, and listening to jazz. He lives with his wife and two children in Virginia.

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