Author of Suspense, Sex and Satire: Writing designed to inspire Aaahs, Ahhhs, Hahahas and Ahas!
Author D.M. Barr,
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Coming October 15, 2020 from Black Rose Writing: Saving Grace, a Psychological Thriller!
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What Kirkus Reviews says about Slashing Mona Lisa: Barr (Expired Listings, 2016) has a knack for building stakes and maintaining a steadily intense pace throughout...the unusual premise of the murder plot brings a freshness to the thriller sections... A love story that becomes elevated by a dynamic psychological crime drama. From Publishers Weekly's Booklife Prize Reviewer: An unusual and entertaining mystery, Barr's narrative is built like a hedge maze, with every twist and turn suggesting additional possible outcomes. Lost in this intriguing maze, the reader is as eager to find the answers as investigative reporter Carmen Torres.
Barr's writing is packed with dry wit and tongue-in-cheek humor that adds levity and serves to balance the seriousness of the murder case. The dialogue is generally a treat to read...
Unlike many modern mystery-thrillers, Barr ensures that her story moves beyond cliched dialogue and cheap plot devices. The strength of Barr's narrative resides in its exploration of what it means to be a modern North American woman--to grapple with the socially-conditioned pressures they face to have a"perfect body." It is this angle that gives her story such immense power.
Barr gives character and dimension to both her heroes and villains. However, Barr's abilities are most brilliantly showcased in her depiction of Camarin Torres--the protagonist's "broken beauty" giving her a depth that makes her relatable to readers.
**BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, MYSTERY--2017 GLOBAL E-BOOK AWARDS** **HONORABLE MENTION, HUMOR/COMEDY--2017 READER'S FAVORITE **
Kirkus Reviews: A buoyant, commendable mystery that piles on red herrings with ferocity and glee...the spiraling final act, culminating with the killer's staggering reveal, is an exhilarating ride."
Midwest Book Review: Exceptionally well written...a consistently compelling read from beginning to end...a masterfully crafted suspense thriller that will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal reading lists and community library collections.
What Other Authors are Saying: "Expired Listings is a sumptuous and starkly original mystery in which real estate agent Dana Black finds herself chasing a killer instead of just a listing. D.M. Barr's debut effort mimes the best from Sue Grafton, Susan Isaacs and Judith Krantz with an aplomb normally reserved for a far more seasoned writer in a tale that satisfies at every level. Splendid, searing, and sensational!" --Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of The Rising