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Defending Wellton, by Kelli Kretzschmar ($9.99 print retail; $2.99 Kindle version)
Summary of Defending Wellton
Wellton, Arizona. Population 2,864… and falling. Something – or someone – is killing the kids in town, and the Wellton Police Department is called in to investigate the untimely deaths.
Officer Trent Buckley has lived in Wellton since the day he was born, and he’s been trying to get out of the small, dead-end town ever since. Just when he has a shot at a transfer to Tucson, a disturbing case lands in his lap, one that has him working with Yuma Sun reporter – and ex-lover – Sarah Goodwin. Trent is forced to push aside his resentment for Wellton and settle his own personal demons to focus on keeping more kids from dying in his town.
Chief John Walker has lived in Wellton for over thirty years. When kids start getting sick and dying, it takes all his courage to face his own past and solve the case. With the help of his best cop, Officer Buckley, Walker is determined to stop the deaths in his town, and keep them both alive in the process.
As the pair discovers what, or who, is behind the mysterious deaths, will two small-town cops be able to stay alive long enough to put a stop to it before any more kids have to die?
My review of Defending Wellton
My review of Defending Wellton could be put rather simply: I loved this book. It has great elements and the writing is wonderful (I always love reading a writer’s “first” novel!). I was impressed by the manner in which the author handled everything in Defending Wellton with aplomb — characters, dialogue, the storyline, sub-plots…in a word, everything.
The story of Defending Wellton was one that I had genuine interest in from page one. I read this book with rigor and what felt like a personal investment in the outcome — that doesn’t happen too often. It was suspenseful, compelling, engaging, and intriguing from the start, which is always a challenge. For me, if a book doesn’t grab me early on, I’m in trouble. At no point was that an issue with this novel.
I do have one complaint (if it can even be called that — it’s more like a request!) with Defending Wellton, though…I could (and would loved to) have read another 100 pages, easily. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from this author.
About the author of Defending Wellton
Kelli Kretzschmar did her research for Defending Wellton by visiting Wellton, Arizona and interviewing Wellton police officers. “I needed to actually experience the feeling of the small town in order to capture Trent’s frustration in feeling stuck there. And speaking with the Wellton Police Department proved invaluable and has given me a lot of material for a second book in the Wellton series,” she said.
As the marketing manager for a high-tech company, Kelli Kretzschmar somehow finds time to write while juggling work, family, and her other passion, Krav Maga. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach.
Kretzschmar lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, with her husband and three children. While Defending Wellton is her first published novel, Kelli Kretzschmar insists that there will be more. “Writing is an exciting hobby. I have lots of characters in my mind that are ready to come to life on paper. Currently, I’m working on three more novels and expect my next to be released this winter.” Kretzschmar added, “There’s a point I get to in the process of writing when the characters just start acting things out on their own, and I’m just there to record it all on paper.”