SHADOWS: A Jake Somers Novel is the Gold/ 1st Place winner of the 2014 Feathered Quill Book Award in the Cozy/Mystery category.
Don Castle conducts the story like a virtuoso bringing life to an orchestra, with the ease and fluidity of classical storytelling, revealing the mystery with enjoyable skill, very much to my liking. In fact I must add that when it’s done this well, Don Castle makes writing look easy.
--Pacific Book Review
Don Castle does such a great job of drawing you in to the story in just the first few pages. I was really drawn to the small town story, as well as having the big city story going on at the same time. It was a really quick read and I enjoyed that it was also easy to read. Now, why don’t you read it and find out who is killing the “givers”!
About Jake Somers:
The dim light of dawn peeked through the sides of the shutters across the room. After using his left hand to push back the covers he slowly moved to a sitting position. Carefully he leaned forward to rest his head in his hands as he waited for the pain to subside enough so that he could stand. When it came to the pain this morning was no different than most. And like most mornings he cursed the driver of the car that ran the stop light and ploughed into the side of his police car.
The driver of the other car, a mother of two, had been unscathed as had the two infants securely strapped in their car seats. As she drove the woman had been talking by phone to her sister and paying little attention to anything else. She was ticketed for the accident and her insurance rates had probably gone up but that was a small price to pay for the damage she had done to Jake. His knee had been shattered and the artificial replacement now ached as if someone had plunged a hot knife into his leg. He knew that if he could just endure the pain enough to stand up the pain would eventually subside. It wouldn’t stop completely – it never did – but it would subside enough so that he could get on with the business of the day.
The physical damage caused by the collision forced Jake to leave the police department. Operating a police vehicle was tedious and having been a veteran police detective he couldn’t stand the monotony of a paper pushing desk job so, with the encouragement of his friends, family and fellow workers, he opened his own P.I. agency. Looking back he has to admit that even though he misses the force the change hasn’t been all bad.
My friend Daisy
My Vet tells me that Daisy looks overly heavy because of her height. I tried to use that excuse with my wife but she isn't buying it.
Basically this book has it all, great characters -good guys- bad guys, romance, murder and mystery, and family/friend commitment. That takes one exceptional writer to pull all that off. I highly recommend this book. It’s a great read that will definitely keep you interested. Very, very well done! I was impressed!
--Shirley Johnson/Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“When the world is in chaos around him, Jake Somers is the calm in the eye of the storm. SHADOWS is a spellbinding read that will take you along for a suspenseful ride. Highly recommended.”
-- Jason Day, Author
Before becoming a full time novelist Don Castle was the CEO of his own advertising agency. A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Castle now resides with his family in Sherwood, Arkansas.
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