by Barbara Taylor Sissel
This is a plot worthy of Daphne du Maurier … a compelling tale of innocence lost. ~The Houston Chronicle
A circumstantial crime, a local conspiracy and no convenient Perry Mason. In The Last Innocent Hour, Sissel’s writing is strong and the characters and their motivations clearly drawn. ~ Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion
The Last Innocent Hour is a taut psychological suspense thriller, exciting and quite dark with no light in sight adding an almost gothic feel. ~ Midwest Book Review
Sissel’s first novel is a worthy achievement … along the lines of Iris Johansen. Frightening … poignant. Sissel’s strength lies in her multi-dimensional characters … that make the reader react–with fear, with relief, with anger, with tenderness. ~ Book Browser Review
The Last Innocent Hour will ensnare you in a web of family secrets and suspense, powerful crisp writing and characters so real you’ll think you’ve met them. ~ Colleen Thompson, bestselling author of The Salt Maiden and Phantom of New Orleans
At the heart of every crime, there’s a family…. That fact is what drives Barbara’s fiction. It’s issue oriented, threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime effects families, the victim’s family, the perpetrator’s family. She indie published her first novel, The Ninth Step, in August of 2011 and she hasn’t looked back since. The Volunteer came out in October of 2011 and in November 2011, The Last Innocent Hour, originally published by Panther Creek Press in trade paper was digitized for release as an indie e-book.
Currently Barbara is represented by the fabulous Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency and under contract with MIRA/Harlequin for Evidence of Life, which will make its print debut in April 2013, and a second novel that will appear in 2014.
Although she once lived on the grounds of a prison facility in Kentucky with her then prison warden husband, (A fact that might explain the nature of her writing.) she now resides near Houston, Texas. An avid gardener and reader, Barbara is the mother of two wonderful sons, who are an endless source of learning, laughter and joy.
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