Ever So Silent: An Emma Thorne Mystery

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A fiendish killer. A clue in code. Officer Emma Thorne’s first big case may just be her last . . .

Officer Emma Thorne has her hands full… The mayor makes her the new chief of police - a position previously held by her deceased father. Her clinically depressed husband, Will, is missing, presumed dead. And her old flame from high school has turned up as a corpse.

One dead body would be bad enough, but more quickly follow. The cops and press dub the killer “Mr. Sharpie,” named for the strange messages written in marker on the victims’ remains. Are the scrawled numbers and letters clues to the killer’s identity? Or merely the deranged behavior of a sick mind? The pressure is on Emma to find out . . .

When a cryptic text message leads Emma to suspect her husband is still alive, the case quickly becomes personal. And as more killings rock her small Connecticut town, Emma realizes the grisly bodies all have one thing in common; they’re all connected to her. Leaving Emma to wonder . . . will she become a suspect in this gruesome series of murders?

Or the next victim...

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Advance Praise

" ... Little’s gleefully convoluted mystery has a first-rate protagonist for a prospective series. Over the course of the story, Emma valiantly deals with a lecherous mayor and uncooperative cops who resent her role as chief. Although many secondary characters show deviousness, Emma’s police dog, Pepper, is refreshingly loyal and reliable. The story features plenty of violence, including brutal homicides and meticulous examination of the corpses. Even the humor is dark, although it’s delivered well; in one scene, for instance, Emma gets rid of an annoying woman who’s fawning over the easygoing Pepper by saying, 'I wouldn’t get near her if I were you. She’s vicious.' Intermittent scenes from the killer’s perspective will put readers ahead of the investigators, but that doesn’t make the tale any less nerve-wracking.

"A high-quality murder mystery with a labyrinthine plot and a memorable heroine." — KIRKUS REVIEWS



Before turning to writing, Christopher Little was a well-known photojournalist. His assignments—for publications like People, Time, Life, and The New York Times—took him to all fifty states and seventy-seven of the world’s countries. He has photographed thirteen books and wrote and photographed one non-fiction book, The Rockbound Coast: Travels in Maine. Among his books are Atlantic High (Doubleday) and Racing Through Paradise (Random House) with William F. Buckley, Jr.; Fallingwater (Abbeville) 1986; Fallingwater (Rizzoli) 2016; and Elegant New York (Abbeville) with John Tauranac.

Ever So Silent is his first novel.

Little lives in Northwest Connecticut with Betsy, his wife, and their rescue dog, Ruby.

Author's website: christopherlittle.com


Indie Author

In the long run, Kindle and the ebook craze did not destroy the printed book as was widely expected. When Amazon released its first e-reader twelve years ago, it sold out in five-and-a-half hours. I bought one. Instead, what happened is that readers of mass market paperbacks, especially in genres like Romance and Mystery/Thrillers converted to reading on ebooks, and that decimated the sales of mass market paperbacks. Only the big-name, established authors - and I say that without rancor - find their books on the shelves in airports, supermarkets, and Walmart.

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