A paranormal Crime Thriller Novella
A woman is dead, and another is missing. The only person who can save her is Cassie.
With no clues and time running out, her brother, Detective Newbold, desperately needs her help. He is counting on Cassie’s clairvoyant and empathic abilities to locate Chantelle.
When Chantelle’s brother, Pedro, seeks out a psychic for help, he meets and falls for Cassie. Though he wants answers, neither Cassie nor Detective Newbold can give any, which complicates their relationship. To make matters worse, his overbearing mother adds further damage with her meddling.
Meanwhile, the killer has been caught, but he refuses to talk. Now, it’s up to Cassie to read the signs and rescue her lover’s sister.
Will she find the answers in time?
109 Pages and 14 Chapters
From Karen J Mossman
One night, I awoke and the name Cassidy Newbold was in my mind. I created a short story featuring her, then another, and another until I had a small collection. But Cassie wasn’t finished yet, she spurred me on to write this story as a whole, and before I knew it The Killer on the Heath was born.
261 Pages and 39 Chapters
My chest rose and dropped again. My feet moved along the trail, stepping in the victim’s footsteps. It wasn’t long before I shuddered to a halt. This was where her enjoyment had turned to fear.
My heart thumped as my breath grew jagged. Blood rushed through my veins as Mandy’s fear bubbled under the surface and a sob rose in my throat. It was her cry and her terror that mounted inside me. It caused me to flee as my “fight or flight” instincts kicked in.
He was chasing us.
Her feet became mine as we moved together towards the trees. Entering a pathway surrounded by woodland, I knew beyond a doubt this was where he had grabbed her. My panic rose, and I moved quickly. The action made me lose my footing slightly and caused me to turn my head just as a shadow leapt at me. Crying out, I threw my arms wide, hoping to knock my attacker sideways, even though I knew he wasn’t real.
Mrs O said:
Absolutely loved this first book in the (The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection)
I read it in two sittings. I loved the positive sibling relationship between Cassie and Seb. I was favourably disposed towards Cassie’s personality too, as her supernatural ability to perceive events in the past is beautifully written by the author.
Mossman’s unique writing style had me turning the pages. I couldn’t wait to find out how the story was going to end. Highly recommended.
J M Northup said:
I found that Karen J. Mossman, as a developing author, uses a mix of classical writing styles with modern – starting with a setup to the story with tantalizing bits to intrigue you into what’s to come. She, also, has a lovely blend of detail with a desire of leaving enough of the tale to the reader’s imagination to make it a personal experience.
The story crescendos as the excitement amps up with the growth of the tale and case (as a thriller should). I’m not a big fan of the romance with Pedro, but it has an interesting link with the overall plot and Chantelle’s investigation. The affects this relationship has on Cassie, herself, is the most valuable aspect – more so than Pedro’s familial link to his sister.
I love the historical references from the region as well as the bond between Cassie & Seb. I think this is a great lead into this series and jumping point for these characters to be introduced. I am excited to see how they mature and what new adventures Mrs. Mossman takes them on next!
Sahara Foley said:
I love paranormal stories and adding a thriller with a clairvoyant and empathic character? I couldn’t wait to read it.
What I liked – After the 8th chapter the story came alive. I was urging Cassie on as she tried locating Chantelle. Hurry, Hurry, the poor girl might be dead. I also loved the special ability that popped up between Cassie and her twin brother, Seb. I can’t wait to see how that develops in the next story.
Once again, I felt grateful to have such an understanding brother. I owed so much to him. After all, it was he who discovered what my gifts were. For a long time, I thought there was something wrong with me; that I was crazy – cursed even. I’d engaged in cutting and locking myself away.
When Seb realised what I was doing, he got me the help I needed. He stopped my self-imposed alienation, ended my suffering, and helped me to understand what I am. Luckily, I’m not that fragile anymore. But he’s never stopped protecting me – from others or myself.
Astrid Lustulin said:
The Killer on the Heath is a short but intriguing book by Karen J. Mossman. The protagonist is Cassidy Newbold, a clairvoyant who assists her twin brother Seb, a detective, in his investigation. The two must solve the murder of a woman, Mandy Smith, while also dealing with the disappearance of a girl, Chantelle. Things get complicated when Cassidy runs into Chantelle’s brother and starts a relationship with him. In the meanwhile, Mandy’s killer shows up. Who knows if Cassidy will be able to keep her focus on the investigation instead of being distracted by love?
Emotions, mystery, and a rare talent (clairvoyance) are the ingredients of The Killer on the Heath and the reasons why Karen J. Mossman’s book is so enjoyable to read. I have always liked stories where there is a crime to solve, and this book is even more compelling because we have two investigations going on at the same time. If you, like me, love mystery, you cannot ask for more. In addition to the great storyline, I liked how Mossman portrays her heroine. Cassidy is a well-defined character, and we learn about both her private and professional life. The fact that her feelings temporarily cloud her ability to discover the truth makes her a person with whom it is easy to sympathize. I am glad The Killer on the Heath is just the first volume in The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection. I hope the next ones are just as enjoyable as this one, and I look forward to reading them.
Pikasho Deka said:
The Killer on the Heath is the first installment of The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection by Karen J. Mossman. Cassidy Newbold (Cassie) is a clairvoyant empath, i.e. she can converse with the dead and stays highly attuned to people’s emotions. Alongside her twin brother Seb, a Detective Inspector, Cassie helps the authorities catch criminals by using her abilities. When a woman named Mandy Smith is murdered on Lowhampton Heath, Detective Inspector Newbold soon seeks her services to nab the culprit. Meanwhile, another woman named Chantelle is missing, and Cassie is dating the victim’s twin brother, Pedro. However, the relationship hits an impasse when Pedro’s smothering mother refuses to relinquish control over her son. But Cassie must hurry and find Chantelle before it’s too late as the prime suspect refuses to talk.
A fast-paced murder mystery novella filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue, The Killer on the Heath is a blast to read. Cassie is an instantly likeable protagonist who drives the narrative with a combination of witty charm and humor that keeps you engaged with her character arc from start to finish. Her dynamic with her twin, Seb, is thoroughly compelling to read, and their combined abilities are what help them catch the killer and save lives in the process. Author Karen J. Mossman wastes little time in drawing the reader into the story as you find yourself latching onto Cassie from the get-go. If you’re a fan of sleuth stories or detective books, The Killer on the Heath is the book for you.
The Killer on the Heath is a Norns Triad Publications book.
The Killer on the Heath is the first book of a new collection coming next year.