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Lethal in Love is a steamy romantic suspense about an instinct-driven detective and a sexy, scoop-hungry reporter, both on the hunt for a sadistic killer.

WINNER of the 2016 Romantic Book of the Year (RuBY)
Longlisted for Sisters in Crime’s 2016 Davitt Award
Winner of the 2013 Valerie Parv Award
Jayda Thomasz is a sassy homicide detective who never lets her emotions get in the way of a case. So when a serial killer re-emerges after 25 years, the last thing she expects is to catch herself fantasising over the hot, smooth-talking stranger who crosses the path of her investigation.

Seth Friedin is a reporter chasing the story that’ll make his career. When he enters the world of swinging for research, he never imagines he’ll be distracted by a hard-talking female detective whose kiss plagues his mind long after she’s gone.

Past experience has shown Jayda that reporters are ruthless and unscrupulous. But when the murders get personal, will she make a deal with the devil to catch the killer? How far will she and Seth have to go? And do you ever really know who you can trust?

'A powerful new voice in crime fiction' Valerie Parv
'Move over Dexter! Michelle Somers crafts a gripping read from first page to chilling last' Robyn Grady
2013 winner of the Valerie Parv Award.


Lovers of suspense are in for a treat with the serialisation of LETHAL IN LOVE by Michelle Somers. It's gritty, it's sexy and it kept me reading long past my bedtime two nights in a row! Can't wait for the future instalments. Love the concept of reading a serial again.

Helene Young

From my first reading of her work as winner of the Valerie Parv Award, I knew Michelle Somers would be a powerful new voice in crime fiction. Lethal in Love delivers mightily on this promise as Jayda, a red-headed female Clint Eastwood, hunts down the Night Terror killer while meeting her match in brilliant wordsmith, Seth. Their story is pure reading gold.

Valerie Parv, international best-selling author, 30 million books sold worldwide

Move over Dexter! Michelle Somers crafts a gripping read from first page to chilling last.

Robyn Grady, award-winning author of The Hunter Pack series

Michelle Somers packs a powerful emotional punch with her passionate characters and gripping mystery. Lethal in Love is everything you want romantic suspense to be. Warning: you might want to read with the lights on.

Stephanie London, Harlequin author

Michelle Somers writes romantic suspense that has you on the edge of your seat.

Fiona Lowe, Rita award-winning author

Lethal in Love blazes with heat and danger - this thrilling twist on the dark side of love will keep you on the edge of your seat! Michelle Somers is a major new talent.

Anna Campbell, author of A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT

This is the first book in a romantic suspense serial and WOW, did it leave me needing more. I love serials. Its seems like as a reader you either like them or don't, and I love them. Especially the frustration when the book just ends, and you need the next story to know what is going to happen. In Lethal In Love, we meet Jayda, a homicide detective. A serial killer titled Night's Terror is on the hunt after taking a long break. As she investigates the murders, she can't help but feel the last two murders were a copycat. On an undercover assignment, she meets Sean. There is a big mystery around him, even though he's a main character. As a reader, I just couldn't figure him out. This is a good thing, it adds to the mystery. Near the end, the author brought me to tears right before the end of book 1. I so hated that part of the story and can't tell what since that would give away the story, but as a writer myself, I can see how what happened and the aftermath is what is going to bring Sean and Jayda together. I can't wait until the release of book 2!

Book Babe, http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/lethal-in-love-by-msomerswriter-book-1.html#.Va2zD6Sqqkp

Sexy, page-turning suspense from a rising star in Australian fiction.

Alli Sinclair, voted ARRAs Favourite New Romance Author 2014

I loved Lethal In Love, part one. Michelle Somers managed to suck me right into the story from the very beginning, with a combination of sexy romance and a gritty crime story. This reminds me of the best TV cop shows such as NYPD Blue, but it's set in Melbourne! Awesomeness. I can't wait to read part 2 and continue Seth and Jayda's story.

Cassandra O'Leary, Goodreads

I do love a good Romantic Suspense and Michelle Somers didn’t disappoint. Lovers of Bones, NCIS and CSI will enjoy these short bursts or episodes in the Lethal in Love series. I was certainly left wanting more and look forward to episode 2.

Juanita Kees, Kees2Review, Goodreads

A gritty engaging suspense that really delivers! The heroine is someone you really feel for and the tension really got to me. Thought about this story long after I'd finished reading it. Great writing, believable dialogue and suspects galore. Gripping. Can't wait for the next episode!

Janis Linford, Goodreads

Omg,.. What an incredible start to a series! Fast paced, brilliant writing and a perfect balance of characters. The hot hero, the gutsy heroine, the gay best friend and danger around every corner! Bring on the next one!!! Like... Now!

Tamsin Baker, Amazon.com

Awesome start to this story. Suspense is killing me (pardon the pun). So far, I have three suspects. Can't wait for the next installment!

Nena, Amazon.com

Incredibly well written, with great pacing and a very good setup of both plot and characters.

Dísir, Goodreads

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    July 15, 2015

    Random House Australia

    560 pages

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Also by Michelle Somers

Lethal in Love: The Complete Book
The Candy Cane Killer
Lethal in Love: Episode 6
Lethal in Love: Episode 5
Lethal in Love: Episode 4
Lethal in Love: Episode 3
Lethal in Love: Episode 2


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