The premise: Forced into bankruptcy by her ex-husband, businesswoman Jayne McMurray now cleans houses for a living. When a robbery occurs during one of her shifts, Jayne becomes the prime suspect. In the fallout from the police investigation, she gets evicted from her rental property and fired from her agency. Enough is enough. Destitute and desperate, Jayne wants to track down the real culprits and wrest a cut of the money. But can she risk it with insurance investigator Ted Shepherd on the case?
Praise for Deborah Sheldon:
‘Deborah Sheldon is a keen observer of the everyday. She writes courageous stories of real people, like the ones we know and the ones we don’t want to know, dealing with familiar issues other writers avoid.’
– Tiggy Johnson, previous editor of Page Seventeen magazine
‘Deborah Sheldon writes the kind of short fiction people love to read, work that is exciting and concise. She’s sharp, quick and always effortlessly clever with her words and plots.’
– Scott-Patrick Mitchell, poet, editor of Cottonmouth magazine
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EXAMPLES OF READER REVIEWS:
Cameron Trost (Goodreads) 4 out of 5 stars – Degrees of Clarity is a noir novella with all the necessary ingredients. You’ve got theft, double-crossing, soul-searching, shady deals, standoffs, and, of course, a pinch of sex for added spice, thank you very much. The plot unfurls at just the right pace (which is the advantage of the novella over the novel) and keeps the reader on edge. An unexpected twist or surprise probably would have earned this tale another star from me, but, on the other hand, that could have ended up making it too contrived. If you like stylish noir stories, Deborah Sheldon is your “dame”.
Allen James (Goodreads) 5 out of 5 stars – Another great story from Deb. I’m looking forward to reading some of her new stuff due out soon.
Anonymous (Barnes and Noble) 3 out of 5 stars – The story had a neat twist to it… an interesting take on victim’s resources.
R. Ralan (Smashwords) – Well-written with an unusual though not unique premise… Enjoyable light fiction for most readers.
ashwag (Goodreads) 3 out of 5 stars – This short novel reads like an episode of NCIS. Even as I cursed at Jayne for doing what she did at the end, I felt why she did it. Because she was caught between a rock and a hard place with this case building against her. The end still was resolved too easily in my opinion and I would have loved a longer book. Jayne and Ted were really cute. I loved how he has come to support her and care for her in the short time.