Pretty Corpse

Genre: Action Adventure, Mystery, Romantic Suspense Thriller, Suspense Thrillers

For Fans Of

Louise Penny, Kathy Reich, Patricia Cornwell, Sandra BROWN

Book Summary

In this extremely well-crafted thriller, Lauren Starkley is a widowed single mom and a uniformed cop in San Francisco. She’s got a rebellious teen, a night-shift partner with family issues, and a crush on her boss. When she and her partner stumble on a series of strange sex crimes close to Lauren’s own neighborhood, she does a little detecting off duty. Lauren earns official trouble for her efforts, but she keeps pulling at elusive clues. Will she find the perpetrator before another woman, or she herself, becomes a victim?


Amazon Five Star Reviews:

This is Linda Berry’s second thriller and once again she delivers a vivid and thoughtful plot with multidimensional characters. Well-conceived and intelligently executed, Pretty Corpse is a gripping police thriller. In Patrol Officer Lauren Starkley, Linda Berry gives us a strong and intelligent protagonist, one who is determined to see the job completed—even if that means jeopardizing her career. With a serial rapist prowling the streets of San Francisco, Starkley must outsmart the sadistic assailant before her daughter becomes the next victim. The pace and dialog both move along smartly. Pretty Corpse is a must-read for any fan of suspense and thrillers.

— Dave Edlund, author of the award-winning Peter Savage action/political thrillers

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a night of just-one-more-chapter reading, but Linda Berry’s Pretty Corpse did it for me! With a lead character that’s intelligent and real, and twists that kept me guessing, this is a book I’ve already recommended to a lot of my friends. I’m eagerly looking forward to reading more about Lauren Starkley.

— V. Bailey

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About the Author

Linda Berry is a professed bibliophile. Her life-long love of reading and writing culminated in a twenty-five year career as an award-winning copywriter and art director. Mystery, murder, suspense, and romance are the themes of Linda’s novels. Her stories are populated with complex characters facing extraordinary challenges, almost certainly life-threatening.

Linda was the middle of five children raised in a military family. She lived an adventurous childhood in various parts of the US and Europe, exploring the mysteries of life and the astonishing worlds that exist between the covers of books.

Linda lives in a beautiful resort town in Central Oregon with her husband and toy poodle, surrounded by a motley crew of relatives who continue to propagate, and “will eventually take over the world.” Though writing is her passion, she also loves reading, art, gardening, travel, movies, and the great outdoors.


Linda majored in art and worked as a creative director and copywriter for thirty years, with clients ranging from movie studios to corporations such as Hewlett-Packard.

Beautiful Bend Oregon
Beautiful Bend Oregon

To this day, she loves to escape into the pages of a good book (of every genre), and reads two to three a week. As an author, she cannot conceive of writing a story that doesn’t revolve around at least one good murder, with a plot that is a labyrinth of mystery and surprise.

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