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CHAIN REACTION, 7th Lucinda Pierce Novel by Diane Fanning Launched March 1

Chain Reaction, Diane Fanning, Lucinda Pierce crime novel

March 1 marks the launch of CHAIN REACTION in the Lucinda Pierce crime mystery series by Diane Fanning.

Chain Reaction, Diane Fanning, Lucinda Pierce crime novelSince 2008 when the first book in the series, Trophy Exchange, was released, Virginia Homicide Detective, Lucinda Pierce has been beset with investigating all sorts of grisly crime occurring in her state. Woven within each crime story is a glimpse into other underlying issues of importance, from domestic violence to care taking duties of an Alzheimer’s patient, and, in CHAIN REACTION, the possibility of terrorism.

The character of Lucinda Pierce is always is aptly portrayed as the strong heroine in the series, the tough female cop, but one depicted with complex emotion and heart, overcoming her own personal distresses and skillfully performing her duties as an officer of the law.


One quiet Sunday morning, homicide investigator Lucinda Pierce is called out to a bomb blast at a local high school. It seems the caretaker has been fatally wounded in the explosion and there is one other unidentified body. A bomb blast points towards suspected terrorism so, much to her annoyance, Lucinda is pulled off the case and the FBI takes over. While they are determined to prove this was an act of terrorism, Lucinda is convinced otherwise and pursues her own investigation — along with FBI agent Jake Lovett, who just happens to believe she may be right.

When another high school pupil’s dead body is discovered, Lucinda is convinced she is pursuing the right path in uncovering the motivations for the bomber. However, will the competing agencies ever acknowledge her conviction and allow her to solve the case?

In 2013 Fanning returned to Virginia after making her home in Texas for many years. 2013 also celebrated her 20th published book, and in 2014 she will be releasing a total of three more, Chain Reaction (Mar. 1), and in the Fall look for Under Cover of the Night (true crime) and Scandal in the Secret City (historical novel).

CHAIN REACTION is available at all online book retailers and local book stores.

Book details:

  • Series: Lucinda Pierce (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727883410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883414

The Big Thrill CHAIN REACTION featured interview and review

Kirkus Review of CHAIN REACTION

Complete Lucinda Pierce series published by Severn House Publishers:

Wrong Turn

When the landlady of Brad Loving’s vacated house rings pest control over what she suspects is a dead rat, a shocking discovery is made – five bodies, two of which are skeletal. One of the bodies is that of Emily Sherman, whose stepmother, Martha, Homicide Investigator Lucinda Pierce helped convict for Emily’s murder. As doubts are raised over the investigation and another of Lucinda’s previous cases, and her young friend, Charley Spencer, is arrested on suspicion of vandalism, Lucinda faces her toughest test yet . .

False Front

Candace Eagleton was brutally murdered, and Homicide Lieutenant Lucinda Pierce is determined to find her killer. Meanwhile, Charles Rowland tells FBI agent Jack Lovett vague details about a murder linked to someone at the heart of the US government. But before Jake can find out more, Charles bolts – and is killed. When a scrap of paper is found in Charles’ apartment with a list of names, including his and Candace’s, it’s clear the murders are linked – and there may be more to follow . . .

Twisted Reason

When a missing elderly man shows up dead on his son’s front porch, Homicide Detective Lucinda Pierce isn’t certain if she’s investigating a murder or one of the strangest natural deaths she’s ever encountered. But when the investigation brings Lucinda into contact with the adult children of missing persons with dementia, resurrecting the trauma of the death of her own parents, Lucinda begins to question her own motivation for continuing to search for answers when there are no definitive indications of homicide . . .

Mistaken Identity

When Homicide Investigator Lucinda Pierce has to break the news to a 13-year-old boy that his parents have been murdered, his reaction comes as a shock: he claims that his father is not only still alive but also immortal, having sold his soul to the devil. The more Lucinda investigates, the more puzzled she becomes and the more convinced that this is a family with something major to hide . . .

Punish the Deed

When children’s charity worker Sharon Flemming is brutally murdered and a note found by her mutilated body bears the words ‘I was left behind, Lucinda Pierce must track down this violent killer before he strikes again. And when a series of notes are also left on her car windshield, she knows this has got personal. Comfort comes from a most unlikely source but can only lead to further complications . . .

The Trophy Exchange

A fast-paced thriller introducing an unforgettable heroine

Homicide Investigator Lucinda Pierce is physically and emotionally scarred by her job. She is angry and bitter, but her life is her work. Lucinda gets sent to investigate the brutal killing of Dr Kathleen Spencer. There seem to be links with other dead women: could it be the work of a serial killer? And will Lucinda be able to solve it or has she become too emotionally involved this time? . . .

CHAIN REACTION, 7th Lucinda Pierce Novel by Diane Fanning Launches March 1

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