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Deadly Inheritance Front CoverFor Deadly Inheritance, Volume 2 in the Rim Country Mystery Series

Deadly Inheritance is another good story from author Karen Randau. I actually like it even more than her first book in the series. Randau did a great job setting the scene in Scotland and making the Scottish characters believable. There were several characters that I thought might be the killer, so when I got to the end, I appreciated that all of my suspicions were wrong. This is turning out to be a great series!

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I have read both “Deadly” books authored by Karen Randau. Some authors are “one hit wonders,” so I was pleasantly surprised to find the second book was great and not just a repeat of the first books style.

Karen’s descriptions of the Scottish Highlands were spot on with the memories of a trip I took there in 1995. I could almost hear the accents, see the Highland cows, and feel the tiny interior of Saint Margret’s Chapel inside Edinburgh castle. The scenes where the characters had a “wee dram” prompted me to go out and buy a good bottle of single malt.

I know that readers of the mystery genre don’t like the plot revealed so, I will share just a bit. First of all, I KNEW who the killer was – four or five times. And the plot had many twists and turns which kept me off base most of the time.

I don’t know how she could have made Scotland come any more alive in a book and still keep me so entertained.

I would heartily recommend that you read this book.

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Karen Randau’s second Deadly book is even better than the first. A fast paced read with twists and solid characters makes for an enjoyable mystery.

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Deadly Deceit by Karen Randau front coverFor Deadly Deceit, Volume 1 in the Rim Country Mystery Series

Deadly Deceit is an alluring, fast-paced adventure that takes place in the small town of Rim Vista, Arizona. A beset Rita Warren tries to unravel the mystery of why her husband was shot to death with thirteen other people while sitting next to her in the local movie theater. Karen Randau utilizes Police Detective Cliff Avery and a cast of cultivated associates to assist in the investigation.

Karen leads us through expeditious escapades from a woman’s shelter to politics with ties to Rita’s family and her husband’s military past with realistic detail.

— Timothy W. Moore, Phoenix Police Detective (retired)


The celebration of their thirtieth wedding anniversary takes a devastating turn and leaves the main character Rita wondering if she ever knew the man she spent her life with at all. The story follows a woman intent on unraveling the events of their anniversary that leads to her questioning her entire marriage and the character of her husband.

This is a great mystery!

Deadly Deceit is a riveting story with layers of intrigue. The simple questions of who and why lead to the deeper consideration if Rita ever knew the true character of her husband and if his past will come back to haunt her and her family. Rita is a woman like us all, flawed and sometimes unsure of herself. She has lived a pampered life but discovers that she has always been smart, strong, and determined. She leans on friends, new and old, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth and protect those she loves. The supporting cast is equally as rich and full of surprises with depth and quirks that will charm you. As the story progresses you don’t know who to trust and like Rita you will be questioning what you thought you knew!

An enjoyable read that will keep you turning pages and an ending that will make you smile.

— Shana Noe, insurance business owner


Karen Randau gets Deadly Deceit off to a very quick start and keeps the action going as the story unfolds. I enjoyed reading a story that includes events that are very relevant to our country’s current condition! There are many surprises along the way as well.

Judy Cruse, instrumentation designer


I have to say I loved Deadly Deceit. It kept me turning page by page to see the outcome or the next suspense. This book starts out with a turn of events from the very beginning and kept me wanting to know more. I liked the characters and each interaction seemed realistic. I will definitely recommend the book to others that like mysteries.
Robyn Young, controller


A well-paced story that goes from zero to 180 in the first several paragraphs.

Set in the Rim Country of Northern Arizona, a routine date between a husband and wife turns deadly in a powerful first chapter.

Rita’s world is shattered, and while she might be an unlikely sleuth, she soon wonders if her marriage was a sham.

She is determined to figure how why her husband was targeted for death, and learns some hard truths about him and discovers much more about herself and her resilience.

A good read about rarely seen midlife characters in this debut series novel by Karen Randau.

— Laurie Fagen, former journalist and author


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