Shots Fired
by MJ Williamz


Bold Strokes Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60282-035-7.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg
Posted on 11/29/2008

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Thriller

Anyone who has ever been in a long-term relationship can vouch for the inevitable changes, good and bad, that many couples face. It's not unusual for even the most loving and compatible lovers to start taking each other for granted. They may grow in different directions and even experience loneliness at times. When it feels as if "the air had gone out of their relationship so slowly she hadn't noticed at first" (page 97), Kyla Edmonds feels abandoned and blames Echo for choosing her business over her. Maybe one partner gives in to temptation and strays, maybe one becomes emotionally unavailable. Still, is it a reason to commit murder?

A lucrative health club owner, Echo Flannery is the prime suspect in the attempted murder of her partner of eighteen years. Detectives Pat Silverton and Tom Magnell of the Bidwell Police Department suspect a love triangle.

Kyla and Echo and their fourteen-year-old son Colton live in suburban bliss in a well-manicured sleepy neighborhood. Add temptress Jenny Vasquez, Echo's "nut-job ex-employee" who is rumored to be having an affair with her boss, and somebody is shooting at Kyla. Can the love of her life have anything to do with it? That's what Kyla wracks her brain to remember, what Echo tries hard to forget, and what is stumping the police. Can they figure out the motive and bring the criminal to justice before more tragedy strikes?

In her first romantic thriller, MJ Williamz, has done an impressive job of building up the tension and suspense. Kyla's amnesia following the shooting and car accident is frustrating. Like Kyla, we want to trust Echo and believe she's not had a hand in the shooting, but if she didn't, then who did?

Williamz keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages to get to the bottom of the mystery. Shots Fired shows the author's ability to spin an engaging tale.


MJ Williamz was raised on California's Central Coast and is now living in Portland, OR. She's had over a dozen short stories accepted for publication. Shots Fired is her first published novel. Visit her website.

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