Series: A Zoe Chambers Mystery
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (May 3, 2016)
Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.
At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.
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Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:
• CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1)
• LOST LEGACY (#2)
• BRIDGES BURNED (#3)
• WITH A VENGEANCE (#4)
Zoe Chambers is back and she is ready for action in this intense and gripping whodunit. She will do what she needs to do to find the killer that is going after her friends. Fast-paced page turner will have you up all night reading. I couldn't put it down.The characters are so well developed and with the strong story line this book brings you into the story and keeps you captive until the end. I am excited and looking forward to the next adventure Zoe will get into.
My name is Zoe Chambers and I’ve been asked to write a blog for Shelley. This is all new to me, so I hope I don’t mess it up too bad.
I’m a paramedic for Monongahela County EMS in southwestern Pennsylvania. I’ve been riding the ambulance for over ten years and love it. I guess I’m something of an adrenalin junky. When the lights and sirens are going and we’re racing to a call, I know I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do.
A year or so ago, I was offered the position of deputy coroner as well. I jumped on it, thinking I’d get to play crime scene investigator like on TV. Boy was I wrong! My duties consisted mainly of calling time of death on a few poor old folks who expired in their homes. Occasionally, I’d pronounce a traffic accident victim dead, which for a paramedic is a little disconcerting. I mean, I’m used to jumping in and trying to save lives. Not pronouncing them officially deceased.
One other thing about this deputy coroner gig I hadn’t considered—autopsies. Let me tell you, folks, I have seen a lot of stuff in my years on the ambulance. I could gross you out with my stories without half trying. But I can’t handle an autopsy. I try. The smells get me. Every. Time. My boss, Coroner Franklin Marshall, and our forensic pathologist both think it’s funny to see me bolt for the door. Trust me. It’s not funny.
Anyhow, for the most part, there’s darned little investigating. Franklin takes on all the interesting cases for himself.
Or most of them.
We had a case recently that was a little too up close and personal for me. One of the other crews with Mon County EMS responded to a call for an ATV accident back in some reclaimed strip mines. When they got there, a sniper opened fire. One of the guys—a really close friend of mine—was killed. His partner had to be Life Flighted to a Pittsburgh hospital. Franklin asked me to give him a hand at the crime scene to process my friend’s body. It’s been weird, over the years, working on a patient who turns out to be someone I know. It was a thousand times worse processing the deceased body of a co-worker.
I’m really sorry. This is still hard for me to talk about. But my friend Annette Dashofy has written a book about the case. It’s called With a Vengeance. I hope you’ll pick up a copy.
Thanks for letting me be here today. Now I need to get to the barn. Yeah, not only am I a paramedic and a deputy coroner, I also manage a barn where I keep my horse. No rest for the wicked, as they say.
About The Author –
Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE, published by Henery Press, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014. LOST LEGACY, was released in September 2014 followed in April 2015 by BRIDGES BURNED, which has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. WITH A VENGEANCE, the fourth in the series, will be available May 3.
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