Garden of Sorrow
Psychic Visions #4
By Dale Mayer
Paranormal Romance/Romantic Suspense
Her world is in chaos. His world is in order. She wants to help the innocent. He wants to catch the guilty. But someone is trying to make sure that neither get what they want.
Alexis Gordon has spent the last year trying to get over the loss of her sister. Then she goes to work on a normal day...and reality as she knows it...disappears.
Detective Kevin Sutherland, armed with his own psychic abilities, recognizes her gift and calls in his friend Stefan Kronos, a psychic artist and law enforcement consultant, to help her develop her skills. But Kevin has never seen anything like this case - a killer with a personal vendetta to stop Alexis from finding out more about him...and his long dead victims.
The killer can be stopped. He must be stopped. But he's planning on surviving...even after death.
Alexis shifted her sore butt as she stood on the ladder. Fatigue like she'd rarely experienced had slid inside her bones. As much as she wanted to distance herself from what she'd found, she felt oddly protective of it too. She could have easily stood guard from above but hadn't been able to leave that little bit of skeleton alone and exposed. It had been part of a person once. To be so lost all this time made Alexis's heart ache. Rotating her tense shoulders, she waited. Her muddy jeans clung to her calves, and her shoes were a write-off. She shivered in the sunlight. Grief pulled at her for this lost child…and for her own sister. Memories slammed into her. Alexis slammed them back out. This wasn't the time or the place. Still the trigger refused to be ignored. After all, she'd just found a child's grave, a year to the day she'd placed her kid sister in one.
"What's the problem here?"
Startled, Alexis tilted her head and squinted up through the morning sun's rays, to find a man at odds with his voice. The suit fit the tall muscled frame a little too well for her peace of mind. The angular face and tone of voice said business all the way. She couldn't take her eyes off him. He had to be media.
Better to get rid of him fast. "The media booth is on the other side," she replied, eyeing his suit, the perfect contrast to her fashion statement in mud.
"I'm a cop." He rested his hands on his hips, gazing down at her.
A cop? She reassessed him. Deep-set grey eyes, high cheekbones supported by a square jaw. This man had little patience for fools, regardless of what he wore. Damn, was that a silk shirt? Alexis shook her head. No way he was a cop. "Look, I'm not an idiot. My morning wasn't going well before I got here, now it's pissed itself right down the drain."
"How appropriate, considering where you're sitting." He reached into his inside jacket pocket and pulled out his badge. "I repeat, what's the problem?" Exasperation sharpened his voice.
Alexis clambered up the last two rungs of the ladder. Seconds later, she stood before him, covered in drying slime. "Let me see that, please."
He held his badge before her face.
"Detective Kevin Sutherland." Okay, maybe he was telling the truth. She held out her hand. With her free hand, she gently unfolded the tissue.
His back stiffened and his angular face sharpened as he studied the bone. "Where did you get this?"
"When I fell in, I must have dislodged it from the wall. I think there's more down there." Alexis pointed in the general direction of the ditch.
"Show me." He was all business now. He stripped off his jacket and tie, discarding both on a spot of clean grass.
Alexis stared as he started down the ladder. You had to appreciate a man who had his priorities right. She moved to the side of the ladder and pointed. "Search through the third and fourth rungs, off to the left."
A moment later, his heartfelt whisper floated up to her.
Author Bio:Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She's best known for her Psychic Visions series. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series . All her books are available in print format as well.
BOOKS BY DALE MAYER
Psychic Visions Series
Tuesday's Child (Book 1)
Hide'n Go Seek (Book 2)
Maddy's Floor (Book 3)
Garden of Sorrow (Book 4)
Single Title Romantic Suspense/thrillers
Touched by Death
It's a Dog's Life (Romantic Comedy)
Young Adult Books
In Cassie's Corner
Dangerous Designs (Designs, Book 1)
Deadly Designs (Designs, Book 2)
Vampire in Denial (Blood Ties, Book 1)
Vampire in Distress (Blood Ties, Book 2)
Gem Stone (Gemma Stone Mysteries, Book 1)
Career Essentials: The Resume
Career Essentials: The Cover Letter
Career Essentials: The Interview
Career Essentials: 3 in 1