"Everything you want in a murder mystery ...suspense, humor and a twist at the end that you don't see coming."

How do you protect your loved ones from a killer with a grudge?

Detective Sydney Valentine's case begins when she arrives at the grisly crime scene of a murdered social worker.


When the nude, mutilated body of a juvenile court judge is found in a park, and a single mother is killed by a hit and run driver, Valentine discovers that someone with a sinister connection to Child Protective Services is killing people and leaving cryptic clues behind.


As she hunts the perpetrator, the target on her back grows. Detective Valentine must protect herself and her family before the killer strikes again.

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Really fantastic! Kept me guessing, trying to figure out who the killer was. I thought I had it figured out but at the end the author threw me a monkey wrench!!!"

"I am on my third book by this author and love every one of them and can't put them down. I just bought another Sydney Valentine book that is only 15 pages which I normally don't mess with but I love these books. Hate the thought of finishing the third one already. Hope she writes many many more of these. A very talented author."

"I've read a lot of whodunits, but this mystery had me guessing throughout the entire book. I read til 4 a.m. because I couldn't put it down; I just had to know who the murderer was. I didn't figure it out til the very last pages and that's what makes a great story. This is the first time I've read this author and I must say, "Hats off to you, Ms. Davis. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!"

"Gimme a little ASS-KICKING music. Author is a great wordsmith. I like a real BADA$$ protagonist and she gives us one."

Okay...if you love eve dallas, of the JD Robb series, then you will  f$!/=ING love this book!!!! Let me tell you she is like Eve Dallas, on steroids... cannot be happier to have read this book!!!!

This is my first Danielle L. Davis book and she just gained a new fan! I became immersed in the story, constantly trying to figure out who the killer might be and what the scrabble letters, left at each scene, spelled out. The storyline was unique, held my attention so well that I found myself reading well into the wee hours of the morning. The characters were well developed, quirky & interesting. I really liked the sarcasm, side remarks and banter between Detective Valentine and Bernie. After finishing The Protector I can't wait to read more in this series!”

“OMG! Ms. Davis thank you for writing this amazing book! I read this book in two days. I love when I read a book and the author makes it difficult to figure out the ending. I was not expecting that ending!”

“WOW! Excellent story, just when you had everything figured out, the end of the story comes and you find out that you are wrong! Highly recommend this book for people who think that they can figure out how things end!”

“This is the beginning to a new series and I think it started off very well! Loved the main character, Sydney Valentine, as she is smart, funny and feisty. Love the banter between her and her partner.

“Sydney Valentine is the kind of kick-butt female police detective that I love and the complex story kept veteran mystery reader that I am turning pages. I was sorry to see it end.

“Great book, characters and storyline. I read it in one evening.

“Well written, with dialogue that flows and a twisty plot. It will keep you guessing. I actually read this book twice, because my first reading was so often interrupted & I thought I must have missed something. I usually can figure out who the killer is, and put the pieces together, but this one surprised me. I want to read the rest of this series.

“I could not turn the pages fast enough. You read the back of the book and you get one idea of what is going to happen and then you get surprised. I liked this so much I just downloaded her second book in the series and I know that I am going to download the third. Do not miss out on a good book series. Enjoy.

“Loved this book. It had a great plot, fabulous characters and it kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page till the end. I had a lot of fun reading this book. I didn't figure out who did it till the end. I love a mystery like that. You will not be disappointed if you pick this up.

“First time I've read this author and I was very pleasantly surprised at how well she writes.. Loved the book .. I will be reading more of her books.. Loved Sydney , the whole story.. and the ending was a surprise .. Very good.

“I can honestly say I had no idea who the killer was until the final chapters. Wow! What a ride! I definitely will remember this author, and look for more of her books.

“Wow! From beginning to end, this book was a page turner. Danielle Davis has managed to weave an incredible tapestry of mystery, intrigue, murder and mayhem. Just when you think you have the mystery solved, Ms. Davis throws a curveball at you that delights and satisfies.

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"A real gutsy detective. I couldn't stop reading this book once I started. It is well written, with good twists. Great work! Thank you!"

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