When Madam Zoya reads ex-cop Vicky Langford's tea leaves, it leaves her jittery. Someone with a taste for revenge has her in his sights. She is then thrust into a mother's worst nightmare when her 18 month-old son disappears without a trace....
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Vicky Langford is an ex-cop, a widow, an investigative reporter, and mom to 18-month-old Josh.Seven years ago, while a cop, she accidentally shot and killed an innocent bystander, Connie Springer. While no charges were filed, she left the department and hasn't been able to handle a gun since then.And now she has a stalker who calls her in the middle of the night telling her that he is Death and he is coming for her. Someone has tried to break into her home. Someone has slashed her tires. Someone is leaving threatening notes for her. Bodies of those around her are mounting up ... and it culminates with the abduction of her son, the stalker leaving nothing but a bloody note pinned to Josh's teddy bear.Detective Jim McCann, a former Seattle detective, is new to the department. Jim and Vicky are like oil and water. She's determined, strong, and Jim is used to being the one in control of any situation. But they have to learn to work together in order to bring her son home safely.This is an excellent debut crime thriller. With just a tad of romance, this book focuses on the characters. Suspects abound and one by one they are eliminated. So who has her son and where is he? How far is Vicky willing to go to save her son? The ending is fast-paced, leaving the reader almost breathless by the time the last page is reached.
‘Darkness and death are all around you. The wolves are waiting.’Vicki Langford didn’t believe in fortune tellers. Madame Zoya gave her the chills and why she ever agreed to this night out with her best friend Mary was beyond her comprehension. It was supposed to be fun, however, Mary and Vicki left with a black cloud hanging over them. Little did they realize how true those words would turn out to be.Vicki Langford was a cop seven years before this fateful reading. There was a horrible accident and an innocent woman died. At around the same time her husband, another officer, was murdered in a fire. Vicki turned in her badge and gun. Vicki is now a crime reporter with connections in the force. Her godfather is the Chief of Police. ‘I am death and I am coming for you.’This is what the caller says every night around 1am for the past 6 months or so. Who is he? Why is he doing this? Is he for real? All of these are questions that Vicki asks herself every night. She has her own theories as to who is at the behind the calls. Vicki feels there is a link between the calls and the fire that killed her husband 7 years earlier. There is no one that believes her though. Jim McCann is a new detective on the force. He absolutely hates reporters. His ex-wife was a reporter and used everyone in her path to the top. Jim wanted to get away from his old life and start new. There are reasons that he chose Westport as his knew home but he is not telling anyone those reasons. Jim and Vicki don’t hit it off at their first meeting. Vicki’s house is broken into. The phone calls are continuing even more menacing than before. Vicki persists in the investigation into the Grayson Center fire - people start dying - then Vicki’s son is kidnapped. Who is behind it? Is everything related to the Grayson Center fire or possibly to the accidental shooting that was the reason Vicki left the police department. There is a race to narrow down the suspects so that Josh can be found alive. Lullaby is Sherry Scarpaci’s first mystery novel and it’s a winner. The pace is fast and the tension real. Vicki is a strong heroine with a resolve to prove her theory is correct -- almost to the point of obsession. Previously Ms. Scarpaci had written articles in Woman’s World Magazine and the Star Newspaper. It is to her credit that she took the jump into writing a novel. Her writing skills are evident in this tale that builds to an exciting conclusion. She is currently working on a second mystery and I look forward to its completion.
I love a good mystery/thriller, and this did not leave me disappointed. It kept me on the edge of my seat! What I particularly liked was that the ending wasn't obvious to me, and I'm usually fairly good at guessing Whodunnit. Not this time.It's not an epic novel, so if you want a fast read where you don't have to be too invested in the characters to enjoy the story, give this one a whirl.
I was right!!