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Publisher's Summary

In murder…

The last sounds Dean Wilson hears are a clock striking twelve and a killer’s taunting words. And his death is just the first. One by one, victims are stalked and shot at close range. Only the killer knows their sins, and who will be the next to die at midnight?

And in life…

In the ten years since her Hollywood career imploded, Lorie Hammonds has built a good life in her Alabama hometown. When the first death threat arrives, she assumes it’s a joke. Then she gets a second. Sheriff Mike Birkett, her high school sweetheart, has avoided Lorie since she returned to Dunmore, but when investigators uncover her connection to a string of recent murders, he’s drawn into a case that’s terrifyingly personal.

Timing is everything.

With every murder, the killer edges closer. Soon Lorie’s will be the last name left on his list. Her only hope is to unearth a deadly secret—before the clock runs out for good.

©2010 Beverly Beaver (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“The popular and dependable Barton has again created an intricately plotted, thoroughly engrossing serial killer tale that satisfactorily resolves the current dilemmas but leaves a stunning cliff-hanger.” ( Library Journal)

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  • Mike & Ellen
  • 30-12-2016

good except for the graphic sex scenes

The story was good, but there was way too much sex. I felt a little bit like I was listening to a pornographic book.
I enjoyed the twists and turns & the mystery part, but the sex was just too graphic and too much.
Much as it would be fun to go back and hear about Griffin and Nicole, I wouldn't read another of this author's books.
I felt the scenes weren't classy or romantic, just blatant and physical.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-2012

Awsome

Would you listen to Dead by Midnight again? Why?

Yes, this book keep me guessing and held be attention until the very end.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, after trying to guess who was the killer , I could not wait to find out who was the killer

Which character – as performed by Karen White – was your favorite?

I enjoyed all the charcters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book took me through all the emotions

Any additional comments?

A must read.

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  • Ma'at Nefer Ra
  • 07-04-2016

A Soap Opera intertwined w/a serial killer.

If you like soap opera banter and sex scenes this book is for you. Maleah is exhausting w/her contrite attitude. Overall, the book is tolerable but barely. The "haaaa tricked you" on the murderer was just confusing and sloppy. For the book to have led up to who was killing the conclusion was weak.
Narrator was good w/all the different voices.

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  • Samantha
  • 01-01-2015

Overall a good story

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

remove the explicit sexual content. It added nothing to the story.

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I would like to purchase the rest of the series but probably will not because of the explicit details, which is too bad.

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  • nona
  • 11-09-2019

15.5 freaking hours of this gut wrenching awful narration, and i’m about to kill mySelf by midnight!!!

... not that he was a suspect, but it was best to ‘er’ (err?!$&#%*!!!) on the side of caution ...

omG i have Never been able to stand this narrator!!! if id realized at the beginning it was Her, id never have started this eternally loooong book!!!

it’s a free read, and at 15.5 hours, id thought id won the jackpot. nooo.

every time she says ‘porno’ i want to Screeeammm. there’s zero difference between her characters, man or woman, they all sound the same. there are 2 more books after this that are just as long and, if not for this narrator, i’d be jumping on that. thanx but no, i’ll pass

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  • Danyele Davis
  • 21-10-2018

Had me guessing until the end!!

The plot twists and turns were riveting. I caught myself trying to keep track of who the killer could be, looking for clues and just simply enjoying the richness of the characters. I love the fact that the characters weren’t too perfect. They had real issues and flaws much like real people. My first time listening to the author, I’m hooked!!

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  • heather
  • 03-06-2015

Good

The reader did a great job. The story line was good. It could have moved a little faster, though.

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  • Janie O'brien
  • 10-12-2012

a plodding & predictable romantic thriller

It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't particularly good either. It seemed that the author made up her mind how many victims there would be in novel and then had to think of a variety of ways and circumstances to kill them off; some succeeded better than others but basically it felt like there were too many and it was drawn out. I found my attention wandering which is always a bad sign for me to view a book successful. I had to rewind on numerous occasions and then asked myself whether it mattered if I did and usually it didn't. By the time I got to the end and the 'perp' was unveiled I had forgotten who he was anyway. I can't honestly recommend it, but I will read the second one because the reviews say it's better. I hope you do better with this book than me, if you decide to buy it.

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  • Shar_Grummy
  • 07-06-2021

Another Winner in Mystery-Thrillers

Excellent murder mystery. The only drawback I found was the explicit sexual scenes and language; however, I had warning. Good characterisation and detail in other areas that brought the story to life (or death as the case may be).
Beverly Barton is an excellent author and Karen White was spot on.

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  • kathy cortez
  • 18-05-2021

dread by midnight

needed a little more insight of the murderer not much of a motive when you get they were all in the same film who was he I think I kind of needed to know that try to figure out what he was thinking description of them having sex didn't feel sexy enough

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  • Sally Barwick
  • 24-08-2015

enjoyable

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A little predictable, but good all the same. I did feel some of the characters were weak.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 20-10-2013

Sins of the past

In a small town where everyone knows your business, a woman is trying to forget her past where an acting job ended in an adult movie. Her old flame is the sheriff and although they both still have the hots for each other, he can't forget how she left him to pursue her career.


The woman is soon in danger as all the actors in her fabled movie are bumped off one-by-one. Maybe this will bring her and the sheriff closer?

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