Someone is targeting Toledo, Ohio’s single women when they turn forty, tucking them into bed and turning birthday greetings into obituaries. Newly-assigned Homicide Detective Veronica Jadzinski vows to prevent the body count from increasing and to prove her transfer from Narcotics wasn’t a fluke—departmental regulations, disparaging lieutenants, and a rigid new partner be damned.
Jadz rebels against the imposed teamwork until her stubbornness lands an informant in the hospital. She learns to trust her new partner while balancing the unwanted attentions of an almost-ex-husband, a needy widowed mother, and a drama queen sister as the detectives fight to unravel the bizarre murders.
A suburban death brings a third detective to the reluctant team, and with him the missing link between the victims. When the killer targets Jadz's sister, things get personal. Jadz must heal an old family rift to stop the murders, and in the end regains a belief in herself and in those who really matter.
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C.L. (Cyndi) Pauwels’ debut novel Forty & Out has just been released through Deadly Writes Publishing. Her short fiction has appeared in Mock Turtle ‘zine, Over My Dead Body!, The View from Here (UK), and other journals. In 2009, she published a non-fiction book, Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History. Sugati Publications has selected two of her essays for their Reflections from Women anthology series. In addition to writing, Cyndi’s portfolio career includes book editing (The Enduring Legacy of Kahlil Gibran and The Essential Rihani), teaching freshman composition as an adjunct at a local community college, and serving as assistant director for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her husband of thirty-six years, George, and three spoiled dogs. They have two grown children and one grandson.
Forty & Out evolved out of a short story Cyndi published in the now-defunct Ohio Michigan Line magazine in 1990. The first full draft was completed during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2006 and it has gone through numerous rewrites, revisions, and beta readers since then. The second book featuring Jadz and her colleagues is underway!
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