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Secrets that defy time!

An inconceivable disaster brings Tori Winters’ plans for the historic house she inherited to a traumatic standstill. A section of the escape tunnel built by her great-grandfather, a notorious Dallas gangster, has collapsed. Within the rubble, there is a gruesome discovery. A skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull.

The shocking cave-in triggers an ominous scheme to condemn her property as accusations arise that the tunnel is dangerous.

Embattled, Tori soon discovers that more than the destruction of the house is on the line. It seems she can’t escape the past. It keeps clawing its way into her life with deadly consequences.

Who hides in the shadows with a motive for murder?
And … is Tori the target?


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Ms. Anita Dickason deftly creates a framework for this non-stop mystery. Tori Winters envisions her inherited home becoming the Red Door Inn. The name originated from her great-grandfather’s casino. Tori is a determined yet unpretentious spitfire with the money to make her dream a reality. Her four friends, Mia, Heidi, Cammie, and Tina, support Tori’s efforts and earn positions on the Inn’s staff. Each woman brings skills to enhance the plans from culinary delight, retaining the antiques, marketing, and internet presence.

The story threads extend over eighty years that started with gamblers, specialized poker chips, and greed. Details surrounding these memorable characters get teased out as the story unfolds. Indeed, the abrupt work shutdown when a portion of the tunnel collapses, resulting in a skeleton revealed, makes readers flip the pages starting in chapter one. It is the first of many barriers Tori discovers as the mystery unfolds. The Red Door Inn offers a perfect recipe to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Finding the cards stacked against her, Tori re-deals the hand, leaning on friends she can trust. The interactions between the work crews, security staff, and Tori’s team provide good banter, celebrations for minor victories, and a hint of romance. The people between the pages are friends one can visit next time they’re around Granbury, Texas.

Anita Dickason knows how to use words to pique all the booklover’s senses. The descriptions of the house, tastes of menu creations, the music Tori teases from the keys to the piano, and soothing bathing in a classic claw foot tub engage readers. This fast-paced cozy includes many twists and turns to uncover years of lies, murder, and relationships. I highly recommend you consider this excellent stand-alone storytelling, but the entire series is a tense, nail-biting, exciting read. 

Award-winning Author Anita Dickason is a twenty-two-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. She served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics detective, advanced accident investigator, tactical officer, and first female sniper on the Dallas SWAT team.

Anita writes about what she knows, cops and crime. Her police background provides an unending source of inspiration for her plots and characters. Many incidents and characters portrayed in her books are based on personal experience. For her, the characters are the fun part of writing as she never knows where they will take her. There is always something out of the ordinary in her stories.

In Anita’s debut novel, Sentinels of the Night, she created an elite FBI Unit, the Trackers. Since then, she has added three more Tracker crime thrillers, Going Gone!, A u 7 9, and Operation Navajo, which are not a series and can be read in any order, and Deadly Business, a crime thriller.

As a Texas author, many of Anita’s books are based in Texas, or there is a link to Texas. When she stepped outside of the Tracker novels and wrote Not Dead and the Tori Winters Mysteries series, she set them in the small Texas communities of Meridian and Granbury, respectively.






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    4 replies to "Murder’s Legacy"

    • Anita Dickason

      What a wonderful review. Thank you so very much for taking the time and interest. The book was a hoot to write. I sure indulged with some of my wish list and fantasies, like the claw foot tub.

      • RoxBurkey

        Thank you Anita Love the story

    • Jan Sikes

      I love your review, Rox. This was such a good story, and one of the main aspects that stood out to me was the amazing friendships formed between the five women. I wanted to be their friend! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and congrats to Anita on another winner!

      • RoxBurkey

        Agreed. thanks for stopping by.

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