Southern Greed by Peggy Holloway

Having led a sheltered life—except for a major trauma—twenty-three-year-old Belinda easily falls in love with the handsome, suave Adam. He talks her into running a scam. An extremely wealthy woman is dying and wants to find her granddaughter, who disappeared at three years old. Belinda agrees to pretend to be Kathy, the granddaughter, but while…

Having led a sheltered life—except for a major trauma—twenty-three-year-old Belinda easily falls in love with the handsome, suave Adam. He talks her into running a scam. An extremely wealthy woman is dying and wants to find her granddaughter, who disappeared at three years old. Belinda agrees to pretend to be Kathy, the granddaughter, but while exploring the mansion she has flashbacks and wonders if she really is Kathy.
After she marries Adam, his actions sometimes indicate that it was only for the inheritance. Kathy suspects that her grandmother is being poisoned. She doesn’t know who to trust in the household: her grandmother’s doctor, the nurse, the chef, the memoirist, even her husband. When her grandmother makes Kathy the sole beneficiary of her will, the lawyer includes a stipulation to protect Kathy from any fortune hunters. She now believes she is safe. But is she?
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“A twisty romance/suspense novel”

Five Star Review on Amazon By T. February

The set-up for Peggy Holloway’s “Southern Greed,” with a naive person blinded by lust and lured by a lover into a risky scheme, reminded me of the great film noir “Body Heat,” just with the genders reversed. Here, it’s the woman (Belinda) who falls for a man (Adam) who uses her in a “so crazy it just might work” plan to get his ailing grandmother’s inheritance.

But even though there are some parallels, “Southern Greed” is still very much its own story. The religious angle is particularly interesting, it has made Belinda into a good person (despite some horrible incidents from her youth), but it has also made her perhaps a little too trusting. (And have fun reading into the significance of the name “Adam.”) and the twists and turns are both surprising yet organic. Is there actually some truth to the deception Belinda is trying to pull off? And who is really pulling a fast one on who? I legitimately didn’t know where it was going, which can often mean it’s in danger of running off the rails, but I always felt I was in the hands of an expert storyteller. I wasn’t familiar with Holloway’s work (still am not, yet), but this convinced me she’s got some talent. I just wish it were a little longer, but it’s certainly worth the price.

About the Author

I have had three careers before turning to writing. I taught Mathematics in high school and community college, worked as a geophysicist in a major oil company exploring for oil and gas and worked as a counselor/psychotherapist with adults, groups, families, couples and teens. I have a BS in geology, an MCS in mathematics and an MA in Psychology. I taught Algebra II to William Faulkner’s granddaughter.

My past writing experiences were writing plays for the neighborhood kid to put on when I was around 12-14 years old, writing technical reports as a geophysicist, writing research papers while working on my masters in psychology, and writing letters to judges, with recommendations, while counseling juvenile justice adolescents.

Besides writing mysteries, I like to read (anything I can get my hands on), paint landscapes in oil and in enamel on glass. I enjoy swimming and walking on the beach.

You can tell a lot about my psyche by reading my self-help book entitled THE ANSWERS ARE WITHIN. I have had many struggles in life and I like to incorporate my experiences into my writing.

A fantasy I have is to wear a Versache evening gown and dance the tango with Al Pacino.

I am a night person and can’t stand morning people who wake me up early. I like relating to one or two people rather than being in a crowd. Most of my friends are for life.

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