Author Spotlight–Annette Dashoffy

Today’s Spotlight Author is Annette Dashofy, bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers Mystery series.  I can tell you that I have read all five books and they are excellent (book two is my favorite because of one of the characters) and I would recommend reading all of them.

 

Annette DashofyAbout The Author:

USA Today bestselling author Annette Dashofy has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel for Bridges Burned! She has spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cattle and horses. When she wasn’t roaming the family’s farm or playing in the barn, she could be found reading or writing. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT on the local ambulance service, dealing with everything from drunks passing out on the sidewalk to mangled bodies in car accidents. These days, she, her husband, and their spoiled cat, Kensi, live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy.

Her Zoe Chambers mystery series includes Circle of Influence (nominated for the Agatha for Best First Novel and the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014), Lost Legacy, Bridges Burned and the forthcoming With a Vengeance.  (Goodreads)

 

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Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them. (Goodreads)

22393568On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs. (Goodreads)

23510160Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015!

Paramedic Zoe Chambers is used to saving lives, but when she stops a man from running into a raging inferno in a futile attempt to rescue his wife, Zoe finds herself drawn to him, and even more so to his ten-year-old daughter. She invites them both to live at the farm while the grieving widower picks up the pieces of his life.

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, of course, is not happy with this setup, especially when he finds evidence implicating Zoe’s new houseguest in murder times two. When Zoe ignores Pete’s dire warnings, she runs the very real chance of burning one too many bridges, losing everything–and everyone–she holds dear. (Goodreads)

28650107Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.

At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.   (Goodreads)

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A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

My Review:

No Way Home

Zoe Chambers Mysteries, Book #5

Annette Dashoffy

5+ Stars

Synopsis:

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1)

LOST LEGACY (#2)

BRIDGES BURNED (#3)

WITH A VENGEANCE (#4)

NO WAY HOME (#5)

 

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Zoe is brave, smart and caring.  She is willing to go the extra mile to help those in need, especially if it is for one of her friends.  Sometimes she leaps before she looks and finds herself in some dangerous situations.  It is a good thing that Pete, the Chief of Police, is always watching out for her.  Pete is tough, honest and willing to do most anything to make sure that the bad guys are put away.  And when it comes to Zoe, he will move mountains to keep her safe and by his side.  He loves Zoe and cannot imagine his life without her.  Their relationship has grown so much since the first book in the series and I have to say that they are one of my all-time favorite couples.  That is what I look for when reading a series, the characters growing and evolving.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word.  There are a couple of mysteries to solve in this book and they were both carried on well throughout the entire book.  There are enough suspects to consider and enough twists and turns that even the most seasoned armchair detective will have trouble solving the cases.  I was not sure that I was going to like the fact that Zoe and Pete were in different parts of the country, each working on separate cases.  But the way it was written it worked and it did not bother me at all.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with great characters, well plotted mysteries and twists and turns galore.  You could read this as a stand alone book but I would strongly suggest that you start at the first book and read the whole series.  That way you can enjoy them all as much as I have.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Author Spotlight–Annette Dashoffy

    • I really love this series. I think book 2 is my favorite because of one of the characters (you’ll know who I mean when you read it) but I loved all the books.

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