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The Lake Templeton Murders by HS Burney

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The Lake Templeton Murders
(Fati Rizvi Private Investigator Murder Mystery #1)
By HS Burney
Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Paperback & ebook, 341 Pages
October 27, 2021 by HS Burney

A body washes up on the shores of Lake Templeton, a small town on the coast of Vancouver Island. Sharon Reese, the victim, was a dedicated government employee. Everyone liked her, but no one knew much about her. Was she hiding something? Maybe a questionable past riddled with scandal. And did it lead to her plunge to death, in a drunken stupor, off the dock outside her secluded lakefront lodge? 
 
Was it an accident? A suicide? Or cold-blooded murder? Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, is determined to find out. 
 
Fati arrives in Lake Templeton to find secrets that run as deep as the City’s sewers. Everyone is hiding something and nothing is as it seems. A cult escapee. A corrupt politician. A struggling airline. A multi-million dollar public-private project to revitalize the Lake Templeton waterfront. How are they all connected? 
 
As Fati valiantly unravels the knots, another body is found on the shore. Is it the same killer? And can Fati stop them before they strike again?

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About the Author


HS Burney writes fast-moving, action-packed mysteries set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and crystalline ocean in West Coast Canada. She loves creating characters that keep you on your toes. A corporate executive by day and a novelist by night, HS Burney received her Bachelors’ in Creative Writing from Lafayette College. A proud Canadian immigrant, she takes her readers into worlds populated by diverse characters with unique cultural backgrounds. When not writing, she is out hiking, waiting for the next story idea to strike, and pull her into a new world.



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“You want to bang the detective on your case?” Zed’s voice drips with disbelief. 

“No, I don’t!” I say, immediately realizing I’m lying. I sink into my living room couch.

“Are you going to wait until the case is over to make your move?”

“I’m not going to make a move. He was just – surprisingly attractive, that’s all.” 

“You spend far too much time alone,” Zed says. “Do you want to end up like Sharon Reese? So alone there’s no one to claim your property when you die?”

“Don’t be ridiculous,” I snap. “I’m not alone. I have enough family to fight over my assets, thank you.” 

“When was the last time you got some sweet, sweet loving?” 

“I don’t remember,” I say honestly. “There was that hunky neighbour on a case I worked some time ago…” 

“The murder by golf cart case? That was almost nine months ago.” 

Zed is right. Oh my God…

“Why didn’t you tell me you slept with that neighbour?” Zed is saying. “He was hot. Did you at least wait until the case was over?”

“Of course,” I say. “I’m a professional. I would never do anything to jeopardize my case.”

“So then, you will make your move on Detective Dreamy once the case is over?” 

“Absolutely not,” I say, resolutely. “It was a moment of weakness, that’s all. He was such a gruff bastard on the phone, I was expecting him to look like an ogre. I was caught off guard, that’s all. You know I have a thing for bearded, broad-shouldered men in turbans.” 

“Don’t forget his hazel eyes…” 

“It doesn’t matter what color his eyes are,” I say. “He’s my boss. Not to mention, he’s married.”

Excerpted from The Lake Templeton Murders by HS Burney, Copyright © 2022 by HS Burney. Published by HS Burney.

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