His Only Defense by Carolyn McSparren
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He's no killer.... Or is he?

According to Liz Gibson's cold case file, Jud Slaughter's wife disappeared seven years ago without a trace. Despite the lack of concrete evidence, everyone still thinks Jud is guiltier than sin. But Liz's detective instincts aren't so sure. Neither is her woman's intuition.

Gentle and charming, Jud might be above Liz's suspicion, but as new, disturbing truths come to light, Liz must wade into a terrifying quagmire of family intrigue where love and death collide...and everyone has motive. On top of everything else, the moment she and Jud are in the same room together, she can't help but break cop rule number one: never fall in love with the perp.


About Carolyn McSparren

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Carolyn McSparren started writing when she was a teenager, and always planned to be a professional writer and a college professor. That is, until she fell madly in love, dropped out of graduate school, and became a wife supporting a burgeoning opera singer husband. That led to a three-month trip to Germany that stretched into five years.She wound up living in Germany, France, Italy, and came home with a different husband and a 14-year-old stepdaughter. The writing got put on the back burner while she produced a daughter of her own and went back to graduate school at the University of Memphis to finish her Master's degree in English. At that point she discovered that a graduate degree in English wouldn't buy a cup of coffee in a diner.She became a program coordinator at the executive center of the University of Memphis, where she designed management training, wrote brochures and press releases, designed and laid out brochures, and did everything from pour coffee to transport dignitaries.On the home front, she and her family moved to the country to breed and train hunter-jumper horses. About the time they moved, her daughter decided she preferred a social life to cleaning out the barn and left Carolyn with the whole operation. With 18 horses, a full-time job, a husband and family, four cats, and three dogs, there wasn't much time left for writing.Finally, Martha Shields, who is now a Silhouette author, dragged Carolyn to the meeting of the River City Romance Writers, and thence into a critique group. Suddenly the time seemed right to get on with what she'd longed to do all her life.That fall, Carolyn won a Maggie Award for an unpublished manuscript (which has still not been published, by the way), and three years later she took early retirement from the university to write full-time. By that time, only three horses remainedÿ- none of which Carolyn had ridden for much too long.The day that Harlequin called with an offer to buy The Only Child, the editor said, "We want the book but... " Guess which were the only words Carolyn heard? She didn't even tell her best friend about the offer for three weeks.Now, with seven Harlequin Superromances under her belt, and another couple in the works, she's finally living in what southerners call "hog heaven." She rides horses, writes books, works with the local chapter of RWA and with Sisters in Crime, is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and just so that she'll stay balanced, is a member of the Delta Dressage Associationÿ- the local horse training group.She loves speaking to aspiring writers and adores book signings. Finally, years after she first wanted to be a writer, she's managed to achieve her goal. Now, if she can just manage to stay on her horse, everything should be great.
Published November 22, 2008 by Harlequin Superromance. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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