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DearSquare copyMarley Clark, a retired military intelligence officer, works security for a Sea Island community simply to keep busy. A single night patrol transforms the feisty widow’s yawner of a job into a deadly battle of wits when she finds an islander drowned and bobbing naked amid a potpourri of veggies in a Jacuzzi.

Asked to serve as the lead investigator’s liaison, the 52-year-old heroine is startled to discover she’s become Deputy Braden Mann’s target as well—for romance. Yet their steamy attraction doesn’t deter the pair from sorting through a viper’s nest of suspects as the body count grows and the pun-loving killer plans a grizzly epitaph for Marley.

DEAR KILLER is the first in a series of Marley Clark adventures that dish up heart-pounding suspense with a side of romance.

DEAR KILLER is available from Amazon.


Golden Quill Contest Finalist.

From Lowcountry Weekly Review: “Snappy writing? Check. Dynamic heroine? Check. Vivid array of suspects? Check, check, check!”


A native of Iowa, Linda Lovely has called the South home for more than thirty years. She has published two books in the Marley Clark Mystery Series with a third installment to be released in 2014. She also has published FINAL ACCOUNTING, a standalone thriller set in Atlanta and Jamaica, which earned final status in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America (RWA), Sisters in Crime and the South Carolina Writers Workshop.

Her manuscripts have made the finals in 15 contests, including RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier competitions and mystery contests such as Deadly Ink, Murder in the Grove and Malice Domestic. Her stories dish up a main course of suspense, action and adventure with a side of romance and humor.