DEAD OF WINTER
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Publication date is February 19, 2019
A lighthearted outing uncovers a body … and a message.
A fear of terrorism ignites a small Pennsylvania town.
When Alexa Williams uncovers the shocking truth, she must race to save everyone she loves.
“With riveting suspense and vivid details, Dead of Winter by Sherry Knowlton brings the towns and forests of Southcentral Pennsylvania to vivid life as cultures and beliefs clash in a searing tale of murder, love, and communal fear. From flying drones to police investigations and legal wrangling, Dead of Winter will keep you guessing and glued raptly to your reading chair.”
- Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins
A lighthearted morning trip to test a new drone turns deadly for attorney Alexa Williams
and two close friends when they find a stranger’s bullet-riddled body in a remote field in
rural Pennsylvania. Next to the dead man is a note that declares: Allahu Akbar.
Trying to shake the gruesome discovery, Alexa returns to her busy law practice and
personal life. She’s representing a Syrian refugee family whose son has been bullied at
school. Old love, Reese Michaels, is back from Africa and living in nearby Harpers
Ferry. He and Alexa are tiptoeing through a delicate dance as they rekindle the spark
between them. Alexa is also taking Krav Maga classes at a local studio for self-
protection. The studio owner, the widow of a soldier killed in the Iraq War, is fast
becoming a friend. If that’s not enough, Alexa’s parents are pulling her into a flurry of
social commitments as they host an International Fellow at the U.S. Army War College,
an Iraqi General, and his colleague, a decorated American Colonel.
When another man is found executed near Harpers Ferry, Reese becomes a suspect
and Alexa wonders just how much he’s changed since working in Africa. After a third
murder, an improbable fear of Islamic terrorism spreads like wildfire through Alexa’s
small Pennsylvania town. When the police arrest the oldest son of the refugee family for
the murders, her Syrian clients become the focus of mounting anti-Muslim rage, and a
dangerous militia group targets Alexa.
One dark night in the dead of winter, Alexa discovers how all these threads intersect,
and she must race to stop an attack that could kill hundreds. If she fails, she could lose
everyone she loves.
DEAD OF SPRING
Print - 9781620068434
Kindle - 1620068435
Fracking. Political corruption. A dead Senator. A dying child. With Sherry Knowlton's trademark mix of feminism, history, romance and fast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring places Alexa Williams on a collision course with danger. Hang on for the ride.
* 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense Category
When a beloved state senator plunges to his death at Alexa Williams’ feet in the Capitol Rotunda, the authorities suspect suicide. Although the powerful chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was at the center of a controversial new bill to expand hydraulic fracturing, he was also rumored to be ill. Shaken, Alexa tries to move past the disturbing incident by concentrating on work. She’s leading a senate commission on sex trafficking. Plus, she’s helping an old college roommate sue a natural gas company for their role in causing her daughter’s rare cancer.
In researching the lawsuit, Alexa becomes embroiled in the high-stakes politics of fracking. As the relationship with her state trooper boyfriend drifts onto the rocks, Alexa is drawn to a charismatic state legislator who’s leading an anti-fracking crusade. Then, the police shock Alexa with the news that she could be in danger; she’s a witness to the senator’s murder, not his suicide.
When Alexa narrowly escapes a sniper’s bullet, she must discover why she’s a target―and who she can trust—before the next shot hits its mark.
With Sherry Knowlton’s trademark mix of feminism, history, romance, and fast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring skyrockets from the fracking fields of the Marcellus Shale to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster of 1979 to the rolling hills of Tuscany to the halls of Pennsylvania state government. In this suspenseful tale of corruption and runaway greed, Alexa Williams proves, once again, that she’s a formidable heroine. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.
DEAD OF SUMMER
"Alexa Williams is a sassy, alpha-female heroine. The plot is knotty, lots of will she or won't she, all woven into an intense battle of wits that heats up every page." - Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 International Bestselling Author
* 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense Category*
IN A TALE OF SUSPENSE that travels from Southcentral Pennsylvania to Africa to the iconic Woodstock Festival of 1969, Dead of Summer embroils Alexa Williams in the dangerous world of sex trafficking.
With help from friends, family, and her yoga practice, Alexa Williams is finally starting to recover from last autumn’s trauma of finding a dead body and the violence that ensued. The young attorney can’t believe that her summer has begun with the discovery of another body. This time, the dead woman was famous for her worldwide campaign against sex trafficking. The murder hits close to home: the late activist was a friend and mentor to Alexa’s best friend, Melissa.
While the town mourns, Alexa stumbles into a burglary at Melissa’s home, barely escaping serious harm. A client asks for help in convincing the police that her foster child is not a runaway, and Alexa learns that other local girls have gone missing. Drawn into the fight to save lost and exploited children, Alexa discovers a community of child activists. A local philanthropist wants Alexa to join his foster care empire. A sexy social worker and a hip college professor want a more personal connection with Alexa, but she is also drawn to the police detective leading the murder investigation.
Searching for answers, Alexa becomes entangled in a web of deception and danger that puts both her heart and her life at risk. By the time she discovers that the key to the present lies in the halcyon days of peace and music, it may be too late.
DEAD OF AUTUMN
The Alexa Williams novel that started it all. An ethereal blonde sprawled by a mountain stream. Three young girls on a blanket in the woods. Decades separate the discovery of these dead bodies, but the lesson they offer is the same. Evil can lurk much closer than you'd ever imagine.
ALEXA WILLIAMS IS A SUCCESSFUL lawyer, volunteers weekly at a women’s clinic, and has a sexy weekend boyfriend—not to mention an endearing best friend in her giant English mastiff, Scout. But one autumn day, when Scout takes off into the Pennsylvania woods, Alexa discovers a nightmare she’d never imagined. From that fateful day, Alexa becomes entangled in a murder mystery—one that she tries to unravel by linking it to experiences and symbols in her own life.
Dewilla Noakes, a child of the Depression, has recently lost her mother. Her father packs up the girls—and their attractive cousin, Winnie—and hits the road to look for a job on the east coast. Along the way, money becomes tighter, food becomes scarcer, and relationships become strained. Dewilla’s father fears he’s failing his daughters. Running out of options, he begins to consider the unthinkable to end the misery he’s brought upon his family . . .
Alexa soon finds herself amidst violence aimed at the clinic where she volunteers, brought on by pro-life extremists. In a bizarre turn of events, she’s almost raped, ambushed by religious zealots who wish to convert her, then taken by surprise as another romance enters her life. Plus, she seems to be seeing quite a lot of the local law enforcement these days.
No matter what else happens in her life, Alexa can’t shake feeling a connection to the mysterious murder victim. She thinks back to the stories she heard as a child, about the Babes in the Woods, who were murdered close to where the victim’s body was found, wondering if that might be why she draws the connection. But when the murderer strikes again, Alexa must rely on her knowledge of local history and terrain in order to save her own life.
Dead of Autumn explores the obstacles faced by females, young and old, past and present, and the degrees of power they embrace to combat their situations.
DEAD of AUTUMN HAS A NEW COVER. THE COVER ABOVE IS THE NEW VERSION AS OF JULY 2015. THIS NEW COVER TIES DEAD OF AUTUMN TO DEAD OF SUMMER WITH THE SUB-TITLE "An Alexa Williams Novel". THE ORIGINAL COVER IS ON THE LEFT.