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Dare County Sheriff Martin Tate and his ex-detective friend Paul Treadwell chase a vindictive serial killer menacing North Carolina’s Outer Banks in this debut thriller. When authorities find the body of a woman in her ransacked home the crime scene looks like a robbery that went terrifyingly out of control. However, there are several items left behind in plain view that ap Dare County Sheriff Martin Tate and his ex-detective friend Paul Treadwell chase a vindictive serial killer menacing North Carolina’s Outer Banks in this debut thriller. When authorities find the body of a woman in her ransacked home the crime scene looks like a robbery that went terrifyingly out of control. However, there are several items left behind in plain view that appear to be totally out of place to Marty Tate, a seasoned investigator. Tate decides that he’d like another opinion on the case, so he enlists advice from former Northeast Ohio detective, Paul Treadwell, now the owner of the Brown Pelican Restaurant in Duck. Two years ago, Paul and his wife, Megan, a former nurse, won a sizable fortune in the Ohio Lottery. After careful consideration, they decided to relocate and become permanent residents of the Outer Banks. When Paul finds another piece of unusual evidence at the ransacked cottage, Tate’s original suspicions are confirmed. A homicide has been committed here disguised as a robbery gone horribly wrong. Together with other highly trained and motivated law enforcement personnel they forge ahead in order to identify and apprehend a deadly intruder to these shores who meticulously continues his killing spree as the tourist season rolls along. The good guys know that there is no such thing as a “perfect” homicide. Even the craftiest of killers makes a mistake or two. Nothing new there. The problem for the good guys is that their killer hasn’t gotten the memo on that one. He’s good. He’s exceptionally good at killing people and getting away with it.


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Dare County Sheriff Martin Tate and his ex-detective friend Paul Treadwell chase a vindictive serial killer menacing North Carolina’s Outer Banks in this debut thriller. When authorities find the body of a woman in her ransacked home the crime scene looks like a robbery that went terrifyingly out of control. However, there are several items left behind in plain view that ap Dare County Sheriff Martin Tate and his ex-detective friend Paul Treadwell chase a vindictive serial killer menacing North Carolina’s Outer Banks in this debut thriller. When authorities find the body of a woman in her ransacked home the crime scene looks like a robbery that went terrifyingly out of control. However, there are several items left behind in plain view that appear to be totally out of place to Marty Tate, a seasoned investigator. Tate decides that he’d like another opinion on the case, so he enlists advice from former Northeast Ohio detective, Paul Treadwell, now the owner of the Brown Pelican Restaurant in Duck. Two years ago, Paul and his wife, Megan, a former nurse, won a sizable fortune in the Ohio Lottery. After careful consideration, they decided to relocate and become permanent residents of the Outer Banks. When Paul finds another piece of unusual evidence at the ransacked cottage, Tate’s original suspicions are confirmed. A homicide has been committed here disguised as a robbery gone horribly wrong. Together with other highly trained and motivated law enforcement personnel they forge ahead in order to identify and apprehend a deadly intruder to these shores who meticulously continues his killing spree as the tourist season rolls along. The good guys know that there is no such thing as a “perfect” homicide. Even the craftiest of killers makes a mistake or two. Nothing new there. The problem for the good guys is that their killer hasn’t gotten the memo on that one. He’s good. He’s exceptionally good at killing people and getting away with it.

48 review for Family Business: An Outer Banks Crime Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I absolutely loved this!! Great debut from a new author. Fast read, quite the page-turner. What drew me to the book was the setting. I have lived on the Outer Banks of NC for a little over 20 years. The story takes place mainly in Duck, NC which I am very familiar with. It was fun seeing the street names as well as the businesses the author was talking about. A killer is on the loose in Duck during the height of tourist season..yikes! The way the author was able to get into the killer's head and I absolutely loved this!! Great debut from a new author. Fast read, quite the page-turner. What drew me to the book was the setting. I have lived on the Outer Banks of NC for a little over 20 years. The story takes place mainly in Duck, NC which I am very familiar with. It was fun seeing the street names as well as the businesses the author was talking about. A killer is on the loose in Duck during the height of tourist season..yikes! The way the author was able to get into the killer's head and describe the emotions was fantastic. I'm excited that Mr. Beckett is working on the next book in this series. Thank you and I eagerly await the next installment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Loretta Sullivan

    A fast paced and well written mystery with good character development. I did not want to put the book down until I finished it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jinianne Gorg

    Interesting read party because there are connections to Ohio. Good story with an intriguing line. Recommend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Andrews

    Enjoyed the story. It was full of good people in a dangerous situation. Look forward to reading more from this author. Received this book free from Goodreads First Read.

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    Kimberly Brown

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    Jami Butner

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    Frederick Rotzien

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    BECKY ROE

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    Susan Krich

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    Arlene Downey

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