About the book-
Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.
Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.
This was my first Carrie Stuart Parks book. It is the third book in a series about detective Gwen Marcey, but these novels also stand alone. The subject matter may be a little heavy for some readers, but there aren't any grotesque scenes or anything that is written in complete detail so it's not that gory or anything. I love books that have short chapters and are fast paced so this novel was right up my alley. I like my suspense novels to keep me on my toes. I thought I had this one figured out early but I couldn't have been further from figuring it out. There is nothing like being blindsided when you are reading a suspense novel, I think it is a sign of great writing. When Death Draws Near was a great introduction for me to Gwen Marcey. I can't wait to read more of Carrie Stuart Parks books!
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About the author-
Carrie Stuart Parks is an internationally known forensic artist, who travels with her husband, Rick, across the United States and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement specialists. Parks is a Carol award winning author. as well as a Christy finalist. She has also won numerous awards for her fine art. Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey's world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks' new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
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- A copy of When Death Draws Near
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- Colored pencils
- A sharpener
- A pencil case
- An eraser
- A coloring prayer book
- A coloring notecard set
- A lap desk
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