My books

Book covers, descriptions and buy links for my books in order of latest release.

Coming soon: Detective Madison Harper book 4 is out on April 13th 2022 (see below for cover/description) and book 5 will be out in fall 2022.

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Gone to Her GraveDetective Madison Harper book 4

Out on April 13th 2022. The ebook is available to pre-order now on amazon here. The audiobook and paperback will be available to pre-order just before the release date. Gone to Her Grave will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.

In the golden morning light, a beautiful young woman lies diagonally across the bed, dressed for a night out, her long lashes pressed against her cheeks as if she’s sleeping. But the crimson that creeps across the sheets tells the story of an innocent woman who has drawn her last breath…

Detective Madison Harper is pulled away from Thanksgiving preparations when a local care worker, Terri Summers, is found dead in her home on the outskirts of Lost Creek, Colorado. Terri’s inconsolable mother can’t understand who would hurt such a kind soul who had dedicated her life to helping others. But analysis of the blood spatter at the scene indicates Terri knew her attacker, that she looked them right in the eye before her life was taken.

The awkward way Terri’s body is positioned catches Madison’s attention. Carefully moving her, she finds a bracelet—possibly a child’s—with a single red bead clenched in the woman’s fist, as if she was hiding it. It’s the lead Madison so desperately needs, but the sudden death of one of her own team sends the investigation into a tailspin.

With her coworkers crumbling around her, Madison must work day and night to trace the bracelet and crack the case. But when she’s dragged back into the disappearance of a woman and child from years ago, and finds a link to someone in her own family, can Madison stop this twisted killer before another precious life is taken? And at what cost?

An absolutely addictive and twist-packed crime thriller guaranteed to get your heart racing and make your jaw drop! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.

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The following books are out now!

The Birthday Partya gripping standalone crime thriller

Out now in ebook, paperback and audiobook on Amazon, Kindle Unlimited and Audible.

Charlotte waves at her mother across the crowded lawn. Little red boots on, cowboy hat crooked over her blonde pigtails, she’s been looking forward to this party for weeks. Moments later, she disappears without a trace…

Kathy Hamilton drives away from her sister-in-law’s pristine-white suburban house in Maple Falls certain she’s left her daughter in safe hands. On the hottest day of the year, a birthday is the perfect excuse to gather friends, family and neighbors around the pool for a barbecue. But when she returns hours later to find her little girl has vanished, her world shatters.

Nobody laughing and drinking in the garden that day saw anything unusual.

Kathy’s eldest daughter is anxious and hardly eating. Is she sick with worry for her sister, or hiding a terrible secret?

The phone rings and rings, but why can’t Kathy get hold of the babysitter?

And is she imagining it, or when her husband rushed from work to join the search, was he wearing a different shirt to the one she saw him leave the house in that morning?

As the temperature rises, and long-buried secrets begin to surface, it’s clear that even the most perfect families keep devastating secrets. But in a town as small as this, is there anyone you can trust?

A totally gripping and utterly addictive page-turner that will have you racing through and reeling at the twists. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Gone Girl and Teresa Driscoll, it will keep you up reading all night long!

Audible:

UK: https://zpr.io/jnXp4CNQuh4f

US: https://zpr.io/WeVpBXzVj42V

Listen to a sample: https://soundcloud.com/bookouture/the-birthday-party-by-wendy-dranfield-read-by-sarah-borges 

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Little Girl Taken Detective Madison Harper book 3

Rain rattles through the trees as she leans into the car, careful not to touch anything. Two pretty blue eyes stare back through the dark, wide with relief, or maybe fear. A baby girl, wrapped up in a pink snowsuit, reaches out a tiny hand. Her mother is nowhere to be found…

An abandoned baby is the last thing Detective Madison Harper expects to find as she drives to her first day back at work since the case that ripped her life apart. But as she cradles the shivering child close, all her instincts tell her there’s something more sinister at play. Then she finds a lone sneaker down a muddy trail nearby, the laces spattered with blood…

In a town as small as Lost Creek, Colorado, the baby and the shoe are quickly identified as belonging to Kacie Larson, a waitress at the local diner who quietly stashed away her tips to make a better life for her daughter. A mother herself, Madison can’t believe that Kacie would just abandon her child, but she also can’t convince her new team. Not for the first time, Madison feels she must go it alone to get the job done.

But when a body is pulled from a nearby lake, and it’s not Kacie, the case takes an agonizing turn. Is this missing mother really who she says she is? Is there a chance she’s still alive? Madison barely has time to think before the sweet little girl she rescued is snatched on a crowded street. Gone, in the blink of an eye.

To break this case and earn her place back on the force, Madison must learn to trust her team, and herself again—and fast. If she doesn’t find this twisted individual in time, a little girl could die…

A pulse-pounding, absolutely gripping and totally addictive page-turner that will have you racing through the pages and reeling at the twists.

Available to order here on amazon now! Available in ebook, paperback and audiobook and available on Kindle Unlimited.

Links to the audiobook on audible:

UK: zpr.io/Q5K5EYdhTb7v

US: zpr.io/VAkmnehCE5Ef

Listen to a sample: https://soundcloud.com/bookouture/little-girl-taken-by-wendy-dranfield-narrated-by-gigi-burgdorf

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Cry for Help Detective Madison Harper book 2

Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. 

Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…

Available to buy now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited here. Available in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

Links to the audiobook on Audible:

UK: zpr.io/RHLHD
US: zpr.io/RHLHw
SoundCloud (to listen to a sample): https://soundcloud.com/bookouture/cry-for-help-by-wendy-dranfield-narrated-by-gigi-burgdorf

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Shadow FallsDetective Madison Harper book 1

You thought your little girl was safe at summer camp. You were wrong.

The little girl drags her eyes open, realizing she’s starting to fade. Using all her remaining strength, she tries calling out for help. But her voice just isn’t loud enough…

When Detective Madison Harper arrives at a remote summer camp in Shadow Falls, northern California, her heart breaks for Jenny, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake with her friends before she vanished. Peering into the silent cabins filled with rows of neatly made beds, Madison knows this idyllic place is hiding a terrible secret.

The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She’ll do whatever it takes to crack this case, because it’s the only way back to the son she lost to the care system years ago when she was framed for a crime she didn’t commit.

But with the camp staff keeping tight-lipped and her new partner on the edge of a breakdown, Madison can’t find any truth to her instinct that there is more to Jenny’s perfect parents than meets the eye. Until she discovers a disturbing family portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most?

One thing is certain, if Madison doesn’t find the answers soon, the lives of more innocent children will be at risk…

Available to buy now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited here. Available in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

Links to the audiobook on Audible:

UK: zpr.io/HWGKV 

US: zpr.io/HWGKB
SoundCloud (to listen to a sample): https://soundcloud.com/bookouture/find-my-child-by-wendy-dranfield-narrated-by-gigi-burgdorf

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Won’t You Save Me – Dean Matheson book 3

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings…

A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.

These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Available in ebook and audiobook:

Amazon Kobo Apple books Google Play Nook (Barnes & Noble)

Audible

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Where the Snow Bleeds – Dean Matheson book 2

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“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here…”

Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a case that Dean can’t resist.

The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?

So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

Out now in ebook and audiobook:

Amazon Kobo AppleBooks GooglePlay Barnes & Noble Nook

Audible

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Who Cares If They Die – Dean Matheson book 1

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Did she jumped or was she pushed?

It starts with the hanging woman in the Maple Valley woods; the woman with no shoes, no car and no name. On paper it’s an obvious case of suicide – but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up.

Then there are the other deaths, deaths that also look like suicides – but are they? The victims are all women living on the fringes of society, addicts and criminals. Who will miss them? Does anyone really care if they die? Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he becomes a target….

Out now in paperback, ebook and audiobook:

Amazon Kobo GooglePlay iBooks Nook (Barnes & Noble)

Audible

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The Girl Who Died – A YA mystery 

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Fifteen-year-old Hannah has killed her best friend, Katie.

Whether or not it was intentional, only they know. With the police and Katie’s family desperately demanding answers, Hannah’s world is torn apart as she has to decide what to do next and whether that involves doing the right thing. Hannah’s choice is made more difficult due to her new closeness with Katie’s older brother, Josh.

However, Katie’s traumatic death unearths secrets best left untold, but to leave them untold would put another life at risk of abuse.

Please note this book deals with sensitive topics such as abuse.

Out now in ebook on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited:

Amazon

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