- 198 pages
- Black & White
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
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- 978-1-5255-1835-5 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-1834-8 Hardcover
Knight in Shining Armour, Romance, Thriller, Murder, Hiding, Refuge, Mystery, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Vancouver British Columbia
A Person of Interest
Samantha took a taxi from the SkyTrain terminal to Chinatown that blustery night. She was happy with the progress she’d made on her novel in the two weeks she’d been away. But the breakup with Don when she’d left had not gone well, and she cringed at the thought of having to deal with his temper again.
Tired and soaked to the skin, Samantha climbed the stairs to her friend’s apartment. The door stood ajar, which was curious. Siobhan should have been at work. When Samantha peered in, she could just see the outline of two ominous figures skulking in the gloom. She gasped and slammed the door shut. She could hear their muffled shouts as she flew, screaming, down the stairs into the street.
Gripped with fear, and shielding her face from the driving rain, Samantha dodged between jousting umbrellas and the spray from the headlong rush of the traffic that threatened to thwart her escape.
A Person of Interest thrills and excites with romance and danger in this debut mystery novel by Ardelle Holden.
Review by Valerie Stowell, BS Computer Science
Software Engineer Retired
I looked forward to reading A Person Of Interest by Ardelle Holden, a romantic mystery story that takes place in and around Vancouver B.C., anticipating a few lazy hours of light entertainment. What I did not expect was to feel my heart racing, in empathy with the main character within the first two pages! I was hooked.
The author’s vivid description of how it looks and feels to be caught in a Vancouver downpour was so authentic I felt transported back to my days living and working in that City.
Samantha, the central character, at first appears to be cast in the roll of damsel in distress and Ben, a handsome stranger, enters the story as an apparent knight in shining armor. Often, when I read a story where two people appear to fall in love within days, it inspires an eye roll and a groan. I was relieved and pleased that Ardelle provided depth to her characters with a good back-story. This was apparent throughout the book. As Samantha discovers, you can learn a lot from studying what is and is not on display on one’s book shelf!
Too often, Law Enforcement is cast in the role of villain, relentlessly perusing the protagonist beyond reason. In this novel, Ardelle Holden manages to create suspense while providing a realistic peek into how investigators work.
As the story develops, there is a twist that may seem implausible, however in the end, all becomes clear. The power of social media, along with the ubiquitous use of mobile phones to capture images, technology to manipulate anything digital and the profound harm that can occur with various forms of identity theft are topics of concern for everyone today. The integration of the use of these technologies and related issues, brings a very contemporary feel to the book and made it more interesting.
I very much enjoyed reading A Person of Interest, Ardelle Holden’s debut novel, and appreciated that both the adventure and romantic story lines were peppered with subtle humor throughout. The next time I hop on a bus in Vancouver, I will think of Samantha and Ben!
ARDELLE HOLDEN an award winning writer and artist, has had a wealth of life experiences over a dozen careers. She and Patrick raised two children working together in aviation, mining exploration, and in the wild rice lakes of northern Manitoba.
Ardelle is pursuing her diverse artistic passions in retirement in Nanaimo, BC and Ajijic, Mexico. She would love to meet you at www.ardelleholden.com
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