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Below you’ll find some reviews and testimonials of my books.  If you read one of my books and enjoyed it, please make sure to leave a review.  Thank you!

“Norton has created an engaging protagonist in Amy, who is bright, brave and tenacious … The tale features a small cast of characters, as many players disappear shortly after being introduced, so Amy has to carry the narrative load. Fortunately, she’s up to the challenge; readers should quickly get invested in what happens to the feisty, heady heroine. With a neat twist in her fast-paced narrative, the author illustrates how events from 80 years in the past can affect people in the present, even Amy herself. Norton seamlessly blends history and mystery into a spellbinding thriller. This sequel accomplishes the unlikely feat of making an insurance investigator enthralling.”

“Dead Drop” review by Kirkus Reviews

Amy Lynch works for an insurance agency. One of their clients -a hotel-thinks it is about to get sued for deaths related to food. Of course the insurance company is not about to just “settle” and hand out money so they send their lead investigator, Amy, to find out what happened and who is to blame. Amy’s boyfriend convinces her to let him tag along.

Amy can not put her finger on it–but something is not right and she is not about to stop until she finds the truth–too many deaths and from petit fours?

There is quite a bit of humor in these pages as Amy tries to investigate while feeling somewhat guilty about leaving her boyfriend to his own devises. So many suspects–but she can’t find them all–except the ones that are slowly being killed off!!

Will she get to bottom of this mess–what happened to those petit fours? Is the hotel to blame or will the insurance have to pay up (IF a lawsuit is ever actually filed). I think you will enjoy this one and as for me-well I’m looking forward to more in this series!


James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of the Midwest Book Review, has recently reviewed Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death. Here is what he has to say: An impressively crafted and unfailingly entertaining novel by a master of the genre, “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death” by P. K. Norton is the first volume of what promises to be a simply outstanding new series starring Amy Lynch, female investigator. While “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death” is very strongly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.95).

James A. Cox

Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death kept me in suspense throughout the novel. I loved the twists and turns and although I suspected the villain, I wasn’t sure until the last chapter. A fine debut novel by an up-and-coming writer. I look forward to more Amy Lynch stories! . . . as an aside, what a great cover, so creative!

Amazon Customer

Did someone deliberately poison the wedding food? That is the question insurance investigator Amy needs to answer . A hefty payout might bankrupt the company and put Amy out of a job. The story is written in a no-nonsense manner, with a sprinkle of Key West color.

Debi Graham-Leard

Good character development. Truly evokes the ambience of Key West. This book “grabbed” me from the first page. Thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death.

Amazon Customer

A destination wedding in sunny Key West is suddenly shrouded in tragedy when guests begin to fall ill and even die after partaking in a small patch of specialty key lime petit fours. The hotel wishes to quickly wrap up this horrific incident by settling with the families involved, but this sort of case needs an investigation. Amy Lynch, exceptionally focused insurance investigator, finds herself in charge of determining whether her company will need to pay out or if there is something more sinister behind the horrific events at the Beaux Reves Hotel.

Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death introduces us to Amy Lynch, who was inspired by the life of author P.K. Norton, an insurance investigator who has a keen eye for details and the foresight to dig in deep on her cases. Amy finds herself caught up in even more drama than she ever could have anticipated once she arrives at the Beaux Reves. Donald Magnussen, the hotel manager, insists that the case is handled and that the responsible party has already been let go. She refuses to let this seemingly too simple story go and begins examining every aspect of the case, which takes her throughout Key West. As she digs deeper Amy learns that there have been a number of mysterious deaths, some of which involve people closely connected to the Beaux Reves investigation. The more she investigates the more questions Amy has and when she thinks she’s getting close to an answer the danger around her dramatically escalates.

P.K. Norton develops her character not only as an investigator, but she also focuses on Amy’s connection to Key West itself. During the course of the novel her main character is coping with the fact that her fiancé Danny died there three years prior in an unexpected accident. She felt the case was bungled and has yet to find closure. Her current boyfriend, Pete, has come along for the trip and as she works to discover the secrets surrounding the wedding at the Beaux Reve, she also tries to work through her own feelings for Pete and the connection she still feels to Danny in Key West. Their relationship is tested throughout the novel, but watching Amy work through her past and her present relationships is an exceptionally well done addition.

I am a huge fan of mystery novels and was very intrigued by this series. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death is an exceptionally quick read and according to my mom, who happens to be the person that got me hooked on murder mysteries to being with, it would be considered a cozy. This is the sort of book you can curl up with for an evening and enjoy. While typically I suppose murder wouldn’t be considered a light topic, P.K. Norton provides you with an easy read that will keep you guessing until the big reveal. I would definitely recommend this for murder mystery lovers as well as for those who like a bit of intrigue in their romance. You can find this series on Amazon today!