The 9th Hour: Book 1 in the Detective Temeke Crime Series
When the ninth young girl falls into the clutches of a serial killer, maverick detective, David Temeke faces a race against time to save her life.
The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders but the new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number nine. The suspect is incarcerated in the state’s high security penitentiary but Police Chief Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl vanishes.
Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve this baffling crime that weaves ancient Norse legend around the dense forests of New Mexico’s Cimarron State Park. Time is running out. Can they beat the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his ninth victim?
What people are saying about THE 9TH HOUR:
The 9thHour cometh! Despite – or because of – knowing so many writers, I still feel the magic when a book comes out that makes the hairs on my arm tingle because I think it’s GOOD. I read MANY books and I only review and recommend those I really like, so of course this shows my taste as a reader. If you like modern detectives, think Ian Rankin set in New Mexico, you’ll love this. A new detective walks the mean streets of my bookshelves – Temeke. The 13thSign Publishing.
“Tense action and complex psychological motivation is woven into a wonderfully satisfying novel.” ~ Kristin Gleeson – Author of the Celtic Knot Series
“An intense, superbly crafted reading experience. I guarantee you’ll go on reading well past the ninth hour.” ~ Jim Pingelly, Kingdom Writing Solutions
“Gripping, innovative, brutal and yet redemptive. This is crime fiction with a serrated edge and a brilliant sheen.” ~ Marco Storey, author and speaker
“An assured page-turner that leads inexorably to a satisfying conclusion.
I can’t wait for Detective Temeke Book 2!”~Jean Gill – The Troubadours Quartet
Watch out for more from Detective Temeke and Malin Santiago
- THE 9TH HOUR
- NIGHT EYES
- PAST RITES
Amazon 5 Star Review: Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Author
Set in colorful New Mexico, The 9th Hour successfully combines the intense investigation to find a serial killer before he strikes again with the inner workings of the killer’s mind. Into this mix comes a British born detective of African descent and a killer obsessed with Nordic mythology. Stibbe’s ability to bring these diverse elements together shows skilled writing. Her ability to do this effectively, holding the attention of the reader shows real talent.
Detective David Temeke brings a passion to his investigation that is softened by his sense of humor. Teamed with Malin Santiago whose mother was Norwegian and who speaks the language, Temeke has personal issues that crop up during the investigation. Malin has a somewhat dark past herself and struggles with demons of her own. While giving the characters an added dimension, Stibbe manages to keep these side stories from interfering with the plot; finding the serial killer before he claims another victim.
Providing insight into the workings of the police department investigating the crimes, Stibbe builds a tight story with characters that evoke emotions from sympathy to downright disgust.
The character that elicits the most sympathy is Darryl Williams, a distraught father dealing with the worst tragedy a parent can face, the murder of a child. As Williams deals with his loss and the difficulty of raising his remaining daughter’s, the reader is drawn along, sharing his pain.
The story moves forward smoothly, the tension grows, and just when you think everything is about to be resolved, bang; along comes another dark surprise. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a fast paced and dark detective story. I also look forward to more investigations with Detective Temeke and hopefully his partner Malin Santiago.