//8 Sentence Sunday Excerpt from THE CHAIN OF LIES

Murder is hard to get over. Excerpt from THE CHAIN OF LIES, a Paradise Valley Mystery: Book Three.

When a young Asian woman is found floating in the river, Emily Parker is hot on the case. It’s her husband’s murder that leaves her with a case of the chills.

The Chain of Lies

A Paradise Valley Mystery: Book Three


“Evan, no!” Emily screamed, both arms outstretched, hysterically reaching for him. Her eyes flew open and she sat frozen in the dark for a moment, her arms still extended in desperation.

She dropped them. It was all a bad dream—the same horrifying dream she had been having night after night. The anniversary of her husband’s murder was right around the corner, and the nightmares were plaguing her more often, and with growing intensity.

She buried her face in her hands as she sat sobbing, drenched in perspiration, her damp nightgown clinging to her slender body and her honey-blonde curls sticking to her sweaty neck and forehead. Having convinced herself that she was finally recovering from her loss, she had begun to date again, but these terrifying visions were evidence she was not as over Evan’s death as she had tried to believe.

It was nearly a year ago now since Emily’s husband had been shot, close range, in the back of the head, his body found in a pool of blood, lying next to the steel file cabinet in the corner of his office.

I hope you enjoyed that excerpt from The Chain of Lies, a Paradise Valley Mystery: Book Three. There are 4 books in the series and each one can be read as a stand-alone novel. However, for maximum enjoyment, it is best to read them in order.

Happy reading!

Debra Burroughs


About the Author:

Debra Burroughs is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, writing stories, poetry, and plays.


  1. Laurie Kozlowski April 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Debra. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. I love romance and am an aspiring author in hopes of becoming published this year. I have much respect for anyone who is able to put their work out there and weather the writing storm. I cannot stomach gore, blood, or most violence in books, but occasionally like just a dash of suspense. I would be happy to pass the word around about your books, though, and celebrate with you along the way. The romance community is a great one, so glad to connect with you. I would be honored, if you break from your busy schedule, to have you stop by my website to check it out. I write about life, laughter, and happily ever afters with a touch of quirky humor as I give updates on my journey as an aspiring author. Please click on my name to be directed there at your convenience and have a wonderful day!

    ~Laurie Kozlowski

  2. Margaret Sowden March 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed all of the Paradise Valley books. Have read all of them and am waiting eagerly for the next one. I also read Three Days in Seattle and enjoyed it. Have bought Lake House Secret and She Had No Choice and am looking forward to reading them. Keep writing.

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