Message From The Author

Laurie Breton

Genre: General Romantic Suspense, Romantic Suspense

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Author's Message



Laurie Breton has a reputation among romantic suspense fans for penning solid stories, and
her latest release from Mira, Criminal Intent, is no exception. Here's what the author has to say about her latest book.

RT: Criminal Intent and your previous novel were set in Serenity, Maine. Are they part of a series, and do you need to read the previous book to follow
this story?

BRETON: Although the two books are connected, they both stand alone. After I wrote Lethal Lies, my mind kept returning to Davy Hunter, one of the secondary characters, so I decided to give him his own book, Criminal Intent.

RT: Is Serenity based on a real town in Maine? What are some misconceptions people have about your home state?
BRETON: Serenity is loosely based on several small Maine towns. One of the biggest misconceptions I've seen, especially in books I've read set in Maine, is the concept of Maine as a vacation paradise. Yes, it's true, Maine is known for its ski slopes, campgrounds, pristine beaches and picturesque coastal villages with pretty little sailboats bobbing on the water. But Maine has many faces, and that's just one of them. The fictional town of Serenity is the kind of place the tourists never see, the darker side of vacationland, the kind of working-class town that was once the backbone of Maine's economy but is now a little down at the heels.

RT: In the review of Criminal Intent you get really high marks for your characterization. What can you tell
us about Davy Hunter?

BRETON: Davy's haunted by the ghost of a woman who was like slow-
acting poison, a woman he couldn't
stay away from, no matter how badly
she treated him. In Criminal Intent, Davy must come to terms with the
terrible hold Chelsea had on him
and let go of her so he can move
forward with his life.

RT: What are you working on now?
BRETON: In my next book, Point
of Departure, Boston real estate agent Kaye Winslow mysteriously disappears from the Back Bay mansion where she's supposed to meet a client. Her estranged husband, college professor Sam Winslow, becomes the key suspect in her disappearance. In order to prove his innocence, and to regain control of his life, Sam must find out what happened to Kaye. -- Faygie Levy

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