“Whenever I am confronted with death, I cannot help but be aware how fragile life is and how vulnerable we are. Everything can change in a split second.”
Private Investigator, Catherine Winter has seen it all in her many years as a Southern California PI. Widowed and in her sixties, she has no desire to retire. She frequently says she will not give it up as long as she can hit a target with a .357 slug. Determined, and dedicated, she often works alongside the Los Angeles police in investigating crimes.
On an early spring morning in Los Angeles, the badly beaten body of USC professor of astronomy, Frederick Holloway is found outside Griffith Park Observatory. In their hunt for his killer, Homicide Commander John Anderson and his detectives must determine if the professor is the victim of a hate crime, a random attack, or a premeditated killing. Found in Holloway’s wallet is a business card belonging to Catherine Winter, Private Investigator. Catherine does not know why this stranger has her card. The mystery surrounding his death begins to unravel as his significant-other, bestselling author Andrew Bartain hires Catherine Winter to locate Frederick Holloway’s son, and to find his killer. In the search for truth and justice, the images of the victim and persons of interest become fractured and must be meticulously and precisely put together into a solid pattern to find his killer.
Amazon 5 Star Rating for Fractured Image:
"Get ready Hollywood, here comes a great series."
"Catherine Winter is at it again! This sexy sixties PI is caught up in the mystery of why her business card shows up in the wallet of a dead man. Her approach to solving the murder leads her into a corporate world where two timing dames, crooked attorneys, and greed seem to be the agenda of the day. A unique mystery, a hint of romance, and realistic characters combine to make this second PI novel by Linda Pendleton, one that will grab and hold your attention."
Reviews of the first book in the Catherine Winter Series, Shattered Lens
“Linda Pendleton’s first private-eye novel is a brilliant debut. Shattered Lens is good enough I hope it becomes a series.” ~Richard S. Prather, Author of the Shell Scott Mystery Series
“The hardcore mystery makes a come-back! Too many mysteries these days are little more than watered-down thrillers. At last, a whodunit in the spirit of a Sherlock Holmes mystery has returned. Linda Pendleton busts out of the gate with her first novel of licensed private investigator Catherine Winter. Winter picks up a young girl for a client--a young girl wrapped up in the glitz, drugs, and porn of Hollywood life--who shortly thereafter winds up dead. And the list of suspects is neither short nor usual.
“What makes the book so pleasurable to read outside of the brisk pace is that nothing comes easy for Winter. She has to "earn" it in the same way that Linda has earned her right to sit at the top with today's other crime writers. The inside look at Hollywood and surrounding areas rings with authenticity. As a writer, I've often been disappointed in a lot of mysteries on the shelf but I knocked this one out in no time at all. Yeah, it was just that easy. Part police procedural, part hardboiled, and all entertaining, this one's a keeper.” ~Jon Guenther, Author, Soul Runner and Chaser Series
“Great! Another page turner I couldn’t put down. I really enjoyed the main character, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator. Interesting, no nonsense, but fun, well rounded older gal. She is just as interesting and sexy as the younger ones. She’s also a great detective. Meets up with some interesting characters to solve this crime of murder. Of course things are never as easy or clear as they seem. You will definitely enjoy this one.” ~Anne L Boss
“A great new voice! I found Shattered Lens: Catherine Winter, Private Investigator to be an original first novel that would make Don Pendleton proud! Catherine Winter is a fitting successor to Joe Copp and I think the two of them would get along well! The characters are engaging and make you care about them. The details of Los Angeles and Hollywood are vivid and gritty. If you like Raymond Chandler or Dash Hammett, you'll love Catherine Winters! Welcome Linda to the growing members of Crime writers!”
“Linda Pendleton has created a great female PI in Catherine Winter. My autographed copy of 'Shattered Lens' arrived in the mail today. That was about 2:30 P.M. It is now 8:30 P.M and with time out for lunch and dinner, I just finished it. It was hard to put down. Linda's characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing. Catherine Winter is a smart, funny, no nonsense investigator, yet sensuous and sexy in her sixties. She proves that not all PI work is glitz and glamour. Hard work prevails as she unravels the clues in this fast moving mystery. The late Richard S. Prather was right, ‘Shattered Lens’ is a brilliant debut. I'm a fan.”
“I enjoyed Shattered Lens very much. Catherine Winter is a good private investigator. I look forward to more stories.” ~R. A., Southern California
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