After finding a piece of human flesh with a duck birthmark on it inside of her prize-winning shark, Samantha “Sam” Volare decides she must find out who the person was. Can she discover the identity of the person and avoid being killed in the process?

Two more deaths of people she knows who have birthmarks on them leads the press to name the “birthmark killer.”



J.A. Winrich has a unique talent of revealing an intricate plot by using a variety of perspectives, all of which are cleverly designed to keep the reader guessing. In the new book, Birthmark Killer, this talent is showcased once again. After the well-drawn and sympathetic Sam Volarie, the only female competitor in a major fishing competition, unexpectedly wins, she discovers that her prize-winning shark holds a frightening secret. As the fish is being gutted, partial human remains tumble from its stomach, including one portion with a well-defined birthmark. This sets Sam off on a mission to uncover the identity of the owner of the birthmark. What begins as a seemingly harmless inquiry turns into a complex and dangerous endeavor for Sam. With engaging characters, a well-crafted plot, and a unique, widely-varied setting, Winrich leads the readers through a maze of page-turning intrigue to one of the author’s patented surprise endings.

– Duke Southard, award-winning author of The Final Tipping Point
and the Detective Parker Havenot series




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J. A. Winrich

J. A. Winrich has created stories since childhood, lives and writes in Northern California, and Green Valley, AZ, and belongs to several writers’ groups and critique groups. Writing is good for the soul; the novels should encourage readers to sit on the edge and fill their minds with questions and fear.

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