DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING
by Brenda M. Boldin
' Alex Masters entered the Bay
City Central Bank at full speed, grateful the door hadn't been
locked yet. Several people waited in line for the tellers. She
was going too fast and lurched into the last man standing in
"Oh God, I'm so sorry,"
Alex said as the stranger whirled around to glare at her. An
explanation seemed necessary as he continued to stare at her.
"I need to get this deposit in before two o'clock."
Alex held up the heavy canvas bag. "I ran all the way here."
' From these opening words right down to the last page Brenda
M. Boldin's first novel draws the reader into a tale filled with
mystery and intrigue.
Alex Masters was unaware her
carefully constructed 'new' life was about to change when she
made her breathless rush to deposit the day's receipts for her
boss at the Secretarial School where she was now employed. Alex
realizes to her horror that the men entering the building not
long after she joins a line inside the bank are men she knows
and knows too well. Taken hostage during a daring robbery Alex
faces death first at the hands of her abductors and then later
by someone she does not suspect at all.
Reminescent of the twists and
turns found in 'Pepper Pike' by Les Roberts and filled with Erle
Stanley Gardner style conniving; DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING is a 'keep
you turning the page' read. The consternation felt by Alex is
both unmistakable and believable. Desperation driving Alex to
find some answers and protect herself is something we can all
feel and identify with. The interlaced personal issues officer
Cole Armstrong and Alex realize have risen between them, share
space here within an complex well wrought thriller by this novice
writer. Bolden's cleverness for the interplay that takes place
between people and her expressive account suck the reader right
into the story.
This new novelist has a comprehension
of the mysterious presence many do not possess. She skillfully
uses that understanding to present a set of well thought out
characters who keep you turning the pages to see what will happen
next. DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING offers the reader a chance to ponder
just how they might have read the clues surrounding the one person
Alex only realizes too late is the one who carries the most menace
for her life.
This almost native Virginian
was born in Cleveland, OH and is a graduate of
Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach. She earned her BA from
Roanoke College, Salem VA. Brenda is currently living in Virginia
Beach with her a chaplain at a sub acute hospital and campus
pastor at Old Dominion University husband, 8 year old son and
4 Cats. This soccer mom whose favorite non writing pastime after
her family is reading with mysteries high on the list works part-time
as a secretary at a Methodist church.
DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING is Brenda
Bolden's first mystery thriller. We who enjoy thrillers are delighted
to know that Brenda is hard at work on the next and many more
novels in this series. DEAD BIRDS DON'T SING is a narrative that
will grab you and hold you tight from the first line right on
down to the last page. Enjoyable read, highly recommended.