Dead Witness

“I think you’ll like it. Well, I know you’ll like it…. You just want to keep reading to see what’s going to happen next.”

This is what my mother had to say about Dead Witness a suspense thriller written by blogger friend, Joylene Butler. What you need to know about my mom is that when she’s knee-deep into a book that she’s really enjoying, #1 I don’t hear from her so often #2 She finds it difficult not to talk about the book and blow the whole ending. After Mum gave Dead Witness her seal of approval it was my turn to tackle it. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed with Mum’s review. She hit the nail right on the head. So Mum’s review of Joylene’s book gets two thumbs up from me. Great job Mum. You really know a good book when you read it. You also did well to not blow the ending for me even though I caught you a few times in mid-sentence about to spill the beans. I wouldn’t blame you if you had, some reads are hard to keep to yourself and we have Joylene to blame for that.

Joylene’s book can be purchased through and

What’s The Book About?

Valerie McCormick is a wife and mother from small town Canada. While visiting Seattle, she becomes the only witness to the brutal seaside murder of two FBI agents. When she flees to the nearest police station to report the crime, she becomes caught up in a web of international intrigue and danger. Suddenly, she and her family are in the sights of ruthless criminals bent on preventing her from testifying against the murderer. Even with FBI protection, Valerie is not safe. Whisked away from her family and all that is familiar to her, Valerie fights back against the well intentioned FBI to ultimately take control over her life with every ounce of fury a mother can possess.

Good news for Dead Witness: Joylene just announced yesterday on her blog that MuseItUp Publishing has just purchased the e-publishing rights to Dead Witness And as if this isn’t enough, Joylene’s next novel, Broken But Not Dead is to be released this summer. Check out Joylene’s site for details. Way to go, Joylene! Congrats! You deserve it.

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  1. Oh, Laura. Thank you. And please thank your mum. Your review and your mother’s comments mean more than I can ever say. I’m humbled beyond words. Thank you! Doing more happy dancing…

    • You’re very welcome, Joylene. It’s a great book and Mum was right, you do want to keep reading to see how it will end. With all of these happy dances you’re doing you’ll be in perfect shape when Broken But Not Dead comes out because you’ll probably dancing non-stop for awhile. ;)

  2. This is one book I definitely want to read. You’ve got me hooked already. Congratulations with your contract at MuseItUp also, Joylene.

    • Hi Rose Anne, I think you’ll like it Rose Anne, I know you’ll like it…Oh right my mom already said that ;) Seriously, it’s a terrific book! Thanks for dropping in and for your comment.

    • Thank you, Roseanne! See you in the Muse.

  3. Always nice to hear of another good book. I just got back into reading thrillers after picking one up from the bargain bin at borders. Maybe I’ll make this one my next choice.

    Will it by chance be available for sony e-reader with the e-book store?

    • This is the first Thriller I’ve read and the story was great. I don’t know the answer to your question but I’m hoping Joylene will chime in a bit later on this and answer your question.

    • Hi Amkuska. Yes, I just signed a contract with MuseItUp to transform Dead Witness into an e-book. It should be out by the end of the year. These things take time. Thanks for asking.

      • Thanks, I’ll bookmark your blog (I presume you’ll make an announcement on there ;-)) And buy it for my e-reader as soon as it comes out. ^^

  4. oh dang! another book I HAVE to buy and read! Will I ever get through this wonderful ever-expanding library of mine??

    Thanks for the info, Laura. :)

    • Yes, Lynn, I’m afraid there is no escape. Like me, you are doomed to a life of acquiring books, but hey, it could be worse now couldn’t it?

    • I feel for you, Lynn. I have a stack on the coffee table that never seems to go down. I no sooner get one read and another appears. Strange.

  5. Your mother hit the bull’s eye with her comment about wanting to keep reading to see what will happen next. I thought Dead Witness was a great read, too. Your positive review is very well justified. I’m really looking forward to her next release now. :)

    • Yup! Mom had it right this time. A number of years back she read a book by a NS writer that had won some awards and she absolutely hates it. She still talks about it today. (The how much she hated it part, that it!) Fortunately I won’t be hearing anything similar about Joylene’s book. She’ll always remember as one of the very good ones!

  6. Ooh, thanks for the reading tip. This book looks great. I’m off to check out Joylene’s blog.

  7. Hi, Laura, I haven’t been by in awhile! It’s so lovely being back in the blogging community and visiting friends :).

    I have to say, I probably would never pick up this books, as lovely as it must be. My mind is so active that I just don’t do well with murder stories. Sad, I know. But it works for me to stay away from both printed words and images that fall into this category.

    Much love.

    • So nice to see you back, Juliana and I love your visits!

      Suspense thrillers are not for everyone. I think is the first one I have read and I loved being able to support my friend, and fellow Canadian writer, Joylene. She’s a terrific writer and a wonderful person. We all have our preferences when it comes to reading material, just as we do movies or tv programs. It’s part of what makes us unique.

      Much love to you, Juliana! I hope you won’t wait so long between visits next time. :)

  8. I used to read a lot of thriller but haven’t read one for a while. This sounds like a great opportunity for me to jump back in! Thanks for an excellent review…Mums have a hard time keeping secrets when they are excited, they just want to share the love!


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