Date Published: September 2013
Detective Ryan O’Clery is working a series of homicides when he discovers a journal kept by an uncle five generations earlier, detailing the same type of murders as the Night of the Big Wind swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland in 1839.
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer’s description matches exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlyn O’Conor, the woman lost to the killer as the storm raged in Ireland—and if he is the reincarnation of Constable Rian Kelly.
Now he’s in a race to rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her—or is history destined to repeat itself?
A provocative story of a love that spans centuries, of soul mates found, lost and reunited… and the lengths to which one man will go to change their destinies.
One of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, cross-genre category and a nominee for the 2014 International Book Awards
THE WEATHER AS ANTAGONIST
In The Tempest Murders, Irish Detective Ryan O’Clery not only must battle a nemesis that seems to have reincarnated from the past, he must also combat a storm of epic proportions that threatens to snatch his lover from his grasp.
The storm is Hurricane Irene, and I remember it well. For days, the weathermen and news anchors cautioned residents to prepare for the storm’s winds and rains. It was a massive storm; even on the Doppler radar that tracked it off the coast, it was easy to see it would converge on several states at once. Several models had it making landfall just 60 miles from my home, which would also likely cause spin-off tornadoes and flash floods.
I was researching Ireland’s history as I prepared to write a story of two soul mates that lost each other and found one another again, only to be threatened with history repeating itself, when I came across The Night of the Big Wind, the most massive storm in Ireland’s history. It occurred on January 6, 1839, the day of Epiphany—a day in which some believed the world would end. The skies turned completely black in the early afternoon, and some reported that voices traveled for miles in the air’s sudden stillness before the winds kicked into a fury never seen before or since. History has it that those winds carried the Atlantic Ocean from the western coast of Ireland all the way to the Irish Sea, sweeping away whole villages, livestock… and people.
I knew when I found the story of The Night of the Big Wind that coupled with Hurricane Irene, I had the backdrop for my story—which became The Tempest Murders. I called it that because the storm that swept through Ireland was not known as a hurricane, though it had hurricane-force winds.
The scenes in the book depicting the hurricane’s landfall and violent rains were taken from my own experience. Not only had I been alone at the time Hurricane Irene came through North Carolina—thankfully, it made landfall north of my home, and not over it—but I had also driven in between tornadoes two years ago, while driving from Mississippi back to North Carolina during a book tour. As I drove through Alabama with one tornado having knocked out power and flattened whole communities, I knew another tornado was at my back—and the only hope I had was to try and outdrive it. I was one hour ahead of it and out of its path when it slammed into Tuscaloosa. I vividly remember the bent light poles across the Interstate like a scene out of The War of the Worlds; the rain-slicked roads and the ominous feeling in the air.
In The Tempest Murders, television reporter Cathleen Reilly is covering the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene, unaware a killer is stalking her. Her lover, Ryan O’Clery, is desperately attempting to reach her in time—and if he does not, history will have repeated itself: in 1839 as the ocean was swept through an Irish village, a serial killer murdered a distant uncle’s lover—and the killer, the unique method of murder, and even his victims match exactly.
p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books in four genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, computer how-to and non-fiction.
Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area: McClelland Enterprises, Inc. and Continental Software Development Corporation. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret Service, U.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence.
Vicki’s Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Book Awards nominee and her historical suspense, River Passage, was a 2010 Best Fiction and Drama Winner. It was determined to be so historically accurate that a copy of the book resides at the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tempest Murders was one of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, cross-genre category, and a nominee for the 2014 International Book Awards.
She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, an organization committed to raising public awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She is the organizer of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime. For more information on this event and the literacy campaigns funded by it, visit http://www.bookemnc.org.
She sits on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the Robeson County Arts Council. She has also served on the boards of Crime Stoppers and Crime Solvers and became the first female president of the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.
For more information visit the author’s website at http://www.pmterrell.com, follow her on Twitter at @pmterrell, her blog at http://www.pmterrell.blogspot.com, and on Facebook under author.p.m.terrell.
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