Books

Disintegration

A newly married English couple accepts the chance of a lifetime; escape to the excitement of a new exotic life on the shores of the Mediterranean. They believe they have won lifeʼs lottery.

 

Crowned the Jewel of the Middle East, Beirut throbs with life and myriad contrasts between east and west. But as the country descends into sectarian violence and civil war, the couple is forced to make choices. 

 

Friends are raped and murdered, others estranged by age-old religious divides, and they discover the fragility of their own union. 

 

Held hostage in their home for refusing to take sides, electricity and running water are cut, and they scavenge for food amongst dwindling supplies. Days turn to weeks, and amid deprivation and tension, they are forced to face one another and their individual betrayals. 

 

Their painful personal decline parallels the land around them. 

 

Can they escape, and if they do, how will they survive?

Chameleon

When the wealthy Dawson family disappears, abandoning their vast country estate, it goes unremarked. Except for Camellia, the sole heir, they were always reclusive.

 

Untended for twenty-five years, the parklands become a public thoroughfare, and the family's fate remains a mystery until a skeleton is found on the long-abandoned, dilapidated property. 

 

Soon three more bodies are unearthed. But none are the long-missing girl. 

 

Where is Camellia? What happened to her, and why? And whose are the four bodies?

 

The heart-wrenching truth could never have been imagined.

 

A neglected, lonely, and loveless, young woman, who, in desperately seeking her father’s love, made a series of ghastly choices. 

 

 

 
 
 
Unraveling: A Baker's Dozen

A trail of nine husbands belies that super-wealthy Maggie Baker is a romantic. 

Trapped in a coma, a flood of past loves and friends visit her bedside. Police suspect foul play, and they search for who hurt her and who profits from her death.

 

Confused and ignored, Maggie hears the conflict around her, but she cannot move. In her silent world, she also recalls her past, a painful emotional journey, to find whom she has hurt and who might wish to harm her. 

 

A sweeping, passionate, and at times, painful journey from her birth in Australia to Hong Kong, through Tahiti, and Hawaii, ending back on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

 

Why would anyone wish her harm, and who would gain from her death? 

 
Loophole:
The Orphan Killers

Murder for Profit is a growing family business, but someone must take the fall, and beautiful orphans are the perfect scapegoats. 

 

When a series of aging, terminally ill men, are killed - murdered, it is a mystery. Why harm them, if they were about to die, anyway?

 

With hefty life insurance policies, flaws in the system would prevent payouts to their families, so they must continue in excruciating pain until Painless Farewells discovers a loophole — murder. It becomes a victimless, lucrative business for the family business.

As the bodies mount, Matt Bennett, the insurance investigator, suspects Murder for Profit and realizes the crimes have not been victimless. Beautiful young orphans have been convicted, incarcerated, still pleading their innocence.

 

In mounting frustration, Matt and his FBI buddy follow the twists and turns of each case.

 

Will the two friends stop the schemers, and can they help free the imprisoned girls?

 

 

Abandoned on the wintry shores of southern England, Leila al Masri does not speak and has no recollection of who she is or how she got there. 

 

With insight into her culture, her rescuer, a professor of Arabic studies, falls deeply in love with the vulnerable, pregnant girl, and despite her many secrets, eventually, they marry.

 

Leila’s memories come back in fragments: a privileged childhood, the violent death of her parents, recollections of her first love, and her escape. But she keeps her tragic past locked away until the day that past becomes a threat to all she holds dear. 

 

Worldwide terrorism grows, and her husband leads the hunt for terrorists: his primary target— The Wolf, who leaves the caves of Afghanistan and Pakistan for London, seeking revenge on his arch-enemy who foiled several past plans.

 

Overlaid by tragic acts of 21st-century world terrorism, this is a tale of differing cultures and conflicting personalities - forced together, and unaware of their devastating common bond.

 

What they all discover will irrevocably shatter their worlds.

The Shattering Effect
 
Songs of a Jailbird's Daughter
A Memoir

Was he born with insanity, as some will later claim, a monster lurking inside waiting to get out, or perhaps the fall from the roof of the house that jarred his brain? Solitary confinement can have a profound effect, or maybe it was the result of what happened at the Séance?

 

From England at the end of WW11, a country recovering from bombs, rationing, and shortages, and spanning half a century, this memoir of love and hate, crime and punishment, affluence and occasionally poverty, encompasses religion, the occult, and a daughter’s unending love for a father with two sides to his nature.

One proclaims, “Kindness is a special gift we can give, and it costs us nothing.” the other, “Get them before they get you.”  

 

Struggling to survive the change - from loving parent to one of increasing violence, she clings to the memory of the father she loved, who is condemned to spend twenty-five years of his life in prison.

 

In the long battle for his release, she learns love can heal, and transform. Powerful and essential, real love never leaves.