Untold Agony

Untold Agony - by Lonna Enox

Sorrel Janes, wildlife photographer, celebrates the huge success of her small gift shop in New Mexico, as UNTOLD AGONY begins. Finally, her life as a news anchor/crime reporter in Houston, Texas,is just a memory from her past. In the spirit of the southwestern community and to celebrate her success, Sorrel and Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Reed join friends Jose and Terri to supervise the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby races. However, the lighthearted mood evaporates as Sorrel and Reed are pulled into the intrigue and horror of events they would never have imagined. In the process, both not only meet faces from their pasts, but also view glimpses of the future. With courage, humor, and their sparring vocal exchanges, Sorrel and Reed continue to endear themselves with readers. They make leaping from one spine-tingling escapade to another seem both natural and foolhardy.

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A couple reviews on The Last Dance from my Readers

This book was given to me as a gift & had me hooked from the first page through the end. I loved it so much, that I ordered it as a gift for my mother, sister & a friend. I love the SW flair and the main character and her relationships in a new, small town. This book is well-written & will keep you guessing until the reveal! I can't wait to see more from her!

Laura Miranda

If you are tired of books where the female protagonist falls into bed immediately with the good-looking man who acts like a jerk, this is the book for you. Sorrel is a positive role-model, who does not cuss or get drunk. She is tough, but tender; the kind of woman you would want for a friend. No graphic violence or gratuitous sex makes this a book you can read and feel refreshed. The mystery is well thought out and develops in an interesting way. The background line is realistic in a way that you can picture it in your head. You might even find yourself wanting to move into this tight-knit community and you will surely want to try out the red enchilada recipe at the end of the book.

Janice Thomas

What an incredible story! The author had me hooked on the first page. The way it was written and how the story unfolded kept me reading with intrigue! I finished her book in a day because I couldn't put it down!

S Hatfield

Lonna Enox’s "The Last Dance" is a twisty mystery set in small town Saddle Gap, New Mexico. When Sorrel Janes inherits an aunt’s house and art gallery in Saddle Gap, she decides to flee her big city secrets and start fresh. But this doesn’t turn out to be as simple as it sounds—when a young woman is murdered just outside the town bar, Sorrel becomes an important witness after her first night in town. Even as Sorrel works to renovate the gallery in time for a Memorial Day opening, complications begin to pile up. Originally intending to work as a local interest photographer, she starts her new career by getting called to yet another crime scene. It seems that murders are thick on the ground in this supposedly placid community. As the reader gradually discovers the secrets of Sorrel’s past, her skittish nature begins to seem more reasonable. An up-and-coming television crime reporter in Houston, Sorrel dealt with the less savory elements of society without fear. One day, however, she came home to discover her husband had been murdered. Out of fear that his death may be related to her career, she goes into hiding, assuming a new identity and a new life. With help from a friendly local woman who seems to be related to half the town, Sorrel begins to rebuild a life. Her attempts at normalcy are hampered by local sheriff, Chris Reed, who is both dangerously attractive and persistent in pursuing Sorrel as a suspect in the first murder. Even as their relationship progresses, Sorrel cannot trust that his intentions are genuine. A series of petty crimes on Sorrel’s property as well as her job at the newspaper draw Sorrel deeper into the developing mystery. Has her past followed her to Saddle Gap? Determined not to run from a life she is beginning to discover she wanted all along, Sorrel resolves to stand her ground even in the face of turmoil. She is aided by guidance from her former photography professor John, her only remaining connection to her former life. Charming secondary characters and the antics of Sorrel’s cat Flash add color and depth to the narrative, enhancing the small town feel. While the quick ending may disappoint some readers looking for a more complex mystery, Enox has a deft hand with atmosphere and characterization. This is the first in a new series of mysteries featuring Saddle Gap, and readers will find it a comfortable place to revisit. "The Last Dance" by Lonna Enox was awarded Best Debut Novel in the CLUE Awards for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Fiction 2013, a division of Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Writing Competitions.

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