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Jack and Jill went up the hill.... Jill Lyons' life turns upside down the day she walks into her office to find her boss sprawled across his desk with a bullet hole between his eyes. Jeff Siegle's past catches up to him the moment he finds out his children are kidnapped. A seemingly harmless nursery rhyme turns deadly as riddles and a shadow from the past pull them relentlessly towards death's door. Jill and Jeff struggle to find answers... before it's too late.
"Broken Crowns": Shadows in the Nursery series
"Broken Crowns" is the first novel by Tamara Shoemaker.
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Amazon Reviews for "Broken Crowns":
"Debut novel is a winner! Clues left at seemingly unrelated crime scenes bring Jill and Jeff together as they try to solve the complex riddles they find. As their respective pasts haunt them, they begin to find peace in the midst of the dangerous game they've unwittingly joined. --Amazon Reviewer
Tamara Shoemaker's debut novel will have readers begging for more. This thriller has it all. Mystery, history, suspense, murder, mayhem, romance, witchcraft, and faith. Fast-paced and cleverly written, Broken Crowns is a real page-turner. Shoemaker is definitely an author to watch. Fantastic first novel! I can't wait for her second! " --Brenda Risner
"Being a person who usually does not pick up a fiction book, or manage to finish it if I start, I found this story captivating and hard to put aside. The circumstances made no sense, so I had to get to the end to understand it." --Dorothy S.
"A 'broken crowns' motif that keeps the reader intensively involved with each person and situation and intertwines story lines in its dramatic finale! A most entertaining story, intriguingly equipped with details of historical significance and undercover police work. The novel will keep you guessing while revealing insights will keep you entertained and engrossed as events happen." --Jim
"This book was a nice quick read with lots of action. Very well written by an new up and coming author. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an action story with a good message tied in." --Kristen
"A fast-paced and intense read; hard to put down. At one point, I put a pan of water on the stove to make Ramen noodles for my son, then went off to read this book for 5 minutes while it heated up. The next thing I knew, two thirds of it had boiled away. Oops. Always a sign of a good book, right? Broken Crowns is an interesting mix of murder mystery, suspense, international travel and history - with a touch of romance and a magical twist. Thrown into the mix is a strong sense of family values and faith. I appreciated the "realness" of the characters; their conversations and the way they related to each other in general - even in the midst of bizarre and frightening situations, When you pick up this book and start the adventure, expect the unexpected. Looking forward to book #2!" --Ruthie V.