Dead Last

Dead Last

Maddie is likable and believable… this debut shows enough promise to encourage readers to follow along if it turns into a series.

Maddie Arnette traded in her hard-news crime reporting for softer, feel-good features after her husband’s death. But her lifelong addiction to the dark side of journalism, bolstered by years of meeting sources in back alleys and visiting grisly crime scenes, still clamors for Maddie’s attention.

When Suzanne Parker falls to the pavement in front of Maddie during the Oak City Marathon, Maddie assumes it’s an accident. That is, until Suzanne whispers words that make Maddie’s skin go cold: my husband is trying to kill me.

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Maddie Arnette traded in her hard-news crime reporting for softer, feel-good features after her husband’s death. But her lifelong addiction to the dark side of journalism, bolstered by years of meeting sources in back alleys and visiting grisly crime scenes, still clamors for Maddie’s attention.

When Suzanne Parker falls to the pavement in front of Maddie during the Oak City Marathon, Maddie assumes it’s an accident. That is, until Suzanne whispers words that make Maddie’s skin go cold: my husband is trying to kill me.

Maddie’s personal experience with domestic violence in her family connects her to Suzanne in a way that she can’t ignore. Soon, Maddie’s allegiance to protecting her new friend and discovering the truth about Suzanne’s husband becomes an obsession, one that leads her down a dangerous path. When someone turns up dead, Maddie finally realizes she is all in again with crime reporting, but this time she may be in over her head.

Dead Last is the first in the new exciting Maddie Arnette Novels series.

Maddie is likable and believable…  this debut shows enough promise to encourage readers to follow along if it turns into a series. ~Kirkus Reviews

Awards, Reviews, and Coverage

“Dead Last will captivate you from the start” –Liza Weidle, FRS Communications

“Dead Last entertains. The basic dilemma proves original and intriguing.” –Ben Steelman, Star News Online

“a believable, rounded cast of supporting characters” –Ben Steelman, Star News Online

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Genres: Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
Publication Year: 2020
ASIN: B084RRTJB4
ISBN: 9781611533422
List Price: 14.99
eBook Price: 6.99
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About the Author
Amanda Lamb

Amanda Lamb is a veteran television crime reporter with three decades of experience. She works for an award-winning NBC affiliate in the southeast. She also appears on a regular basis on national news magazine programs and networks which feature crime stories. She has recently taken on a new role as the host and producer of a true-crime podcast called Follow the Truth which features an in-depth investigation into high-profile cases.

While Amanda has written and published nine nonfiction books. Dead Last was her fiction debut and is the first of the Maddie Arnette Novels followed by Lies That Bind. No Wake Zone is the third novel in the Maddie Arnette mystery series which continues a crime reporter’s journey to find truth and justice not only in the cases she covers, but also in her own complicated personal backstory.

The Maddie Arnette novels were born out of Amanda's many years of experience covering the crime beat. Amanda is also the author of three true-crime books based on murder cases she covered for WRAL, including Deadly Dose, Evil Next Door, and Love Lies. She has published four memoirs, one about caregiving and three about parenting, including The Living Room, I Love You to God and Back, Girls Gone Child, and Smotherhood. Amanda has penned two children’s books, including a storybook version of I Love You to God and Back and We Are Not the Same.

In 2019, Amanda started Stage Might Communications, a consulting company designed to coach people who are making presentations from the boardroom to the ballroom. She also writes a weekly blog on WRAL’s website called “Go Ask Mom.” To learn more about Amanda and her work, visit alambauthor.com. You can also find her on Facebook under @wralAmandaLamb or under @stagemight and on Twitter @alamb and Instagram @wral_amanda_lamb.

Amanda is originally from the Philadelphia area and holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a graduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She is the married mother of two precocious young women and one enthusiastic poodle.

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