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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is back, this time with a scrappy heroine whose bold detective work and well-timed one-liners will leave you riveted - and entertained - at every turn.

Damaging Secrets, the first book of her newest crime thriller series, is an engaging story of corruption and cover-up that you won’t soon forget.

New to town and a little rough around the edges, Detective Rachel Ryder finds herself on the receiving end of a suspicious person’s call in Hamby, Georgia. When the call turns out to be a dead body, the medical examiner is quick to rule the death a suicide. But was it something more sinister?

Everyone in the small department believes the case is closed - except for Rachel. The sudden passing of a local politician during the mayor’s run for Congress strikes her as a little too coincidental, and Rachel is eager to follow her instincts. Her partner, Rob, a 30-year veteran, isn’t the type to disobey his boss or ruffle any feathers, but he can’t convince strong-willed Rachel to let it go.

Obsessed with finding out the truth, Rachel begins to examine the evidence and drags her reluctant partner along for the ride. But the clues are confusing. Nothing is adding up.

Puzzled and running out of time, Rachel and Rob rush to work every angle and bring the elusive killer to justice before someone else ends up dead.

©2020 Carolyn Ridder Aspenson (P)2020 Severn River Publishing

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Good Read with Strong Female Sleuth

Political corruption on full display. I enjoyed the strong female detective 's character and look forward to the next book.

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The new cop in town

The newest detective in a small town has a past….one that she isn’t willing to share. When her new case is proving to be more than a suicide, she bucks up against a wall. Turns out that the victim is a high profile man with political connections. Those connections don’t want it known that there’s an escort service run by one of their own. The story starts off a bit dull but gets interesting about midway.

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Too predictable

Tired of females either portrayed as 'rough and tough as any man' or jealous and callous. Just not my type of reading.

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Great Mystery

Rachel Ryder is a detective in Hamby, GA. A politician turns up dead in his underwear. I like Rachel, the men are all as*hats. I'd love to see Rachel shove that Ma'am up they're as*es. I like that she has her say when possible. This book had my attention from the beginning of the audio. It's an interesting story to listen to. I like Carolyn Ridder Aspenson's witch cozies and this book is just as good, hope book 2 in the series is good too. Well done Mrs. Aspenson, great writing.