Colorado is where people go to disappear.
It was a throwaway remark from a detective friend, but as soon as I heard it, I knew I wanted to hide a killer there. I planned to give Colorado a special guest appearance in a New York-based novel. Instead, I created a whole new series, with a new heroine, FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce, working for a violent crime squad based in Denver. Colorado deserved a starring role. What I needed next was a small-town crime scene. And it was then that I discovered what came to be one of my favourite places in the world: Breckenridge, a small and beautiful resort town ninety miles west of Denver.
I love a big crime in a small place, and with Blood Runs Cold, the first Ren Bryce novel, the body of an FBI agent is found close to Breckenridge on a snow-covered mountain called Quandary Peak.
Beverly Barton is a headline author for Avon and a phenomenally successful New York Time bestseller. Hailing from the Deep South, Beverly is a born and bred Alabamian with over sixty novels under her belt. She first earned her spurs as a romance writer, eventually going on to become an award-winner. But ever adaptable, she has been writing page-turning, nerve-shredding thrillers for the market since 2000.
Time of Death by Beverly Barton
Her latest blockbuster is Time of Death, set in Beverly’s stomping ground of the Deep South, and follows the fall from Hollywood stardom of actress Lorie Hammonds who has returned to Alabama. When the first death threat arrives, she assumes it’s a joke. But as the notes become more personal, Lorie starts running scared. Sheriff Mike Birkett, Lorie’s ex-lover, has been keen to avoid her since her return, but when investigators uncover Lorie’s connection to a string of recent murders, he’s drawn into a case that’s becoming terrifyingly intimate. With every murder, the killer edges closer and soon Lorie’s name will be the last left on the list. As she battles to unearth a deadly secret, will she be able to save herself before time runs out for good?
Described by Tess Gerritsen as “shocking and terrifying – it will chill you to the bone”, Time of Death is out now, so make sure you grab yours before they fly off the shelves!
To celebrate the launch, the Killer Reads team were recently lucky enough to talk to Beverly herself. Read on to hear what she had to say.