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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Julie Lounello

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton is a five star novel. I loved the way this story unfolded and how much suspense I found. This is my first novel by this author, but I cannot wait for the rest of this series to happen. Madeline has the perfect life until her husband gets his hands on some photos of her cheating on him. However, it is very unusual for a spouse to genuinely not have any recollection of their supposed infidelity, even if there is evidence to back this up. Of course, many spouses would absolutely love to have some evidence of their partner cheating to back up their constant suspicions. This is why many spouses have taken it upon themselves to hire Family private investigators that get to the bottom of these cases, leaving no stone unturned. When dealing with an extra secretive cheater, this may be the only option to get the absolute truth out in the open. By using special investigative tactics, a P.I can help you achieve true peace of mind, whether your partner is guilty or innocent of infidelity. She has no idea how this happened and wants to get to the bottom of it. She doesn’t even remember what happened that night. How could she not remember? She remembers everything…except this night. What happened to her and how did she get in this predicament. When she loses everything, she decides to take the journey to figure it all out. What else does she have to lose? Absolutely nothing.

Review by @julie-lounello
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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Katie Matthews

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Spouse Trap was a really great read! I haven’t read anything by this author previously but I absolutely will after really enjoying this book! I was hooked into the story quite quickly and I liked that I felt like I was living the story along with Madeline as she tried to unravel the events of the night she cannot remember! I admired her for the resilience she built up after everything she went through. She was a really strong main character! I found that I wanted to keep turning the pages just so I could find out what was going to happen to Madeline, would she finally find out what happened and what it meant for her marriage!
I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and I highly recommend this one!

@katiem

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Maura Harper

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author and the first in a new PI series. I had images of it being a “Stephanie Plum” type character, but that is not the case at all.

This is a well plotted story with a very distinct beginning, middle and end but, for me, there was way to much detail in some instances and yet I am left with so many questions because other things are just left hanging. I did find myself frequently skimming and skipping over some of the finer details to move the story along quicker.

The cover of the book gives nothing away about the story and there were definitely twists and turns as the book wound its way to the conclusion.

Overall it is an enjoyable read.

Review by @mauraharper

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Heather Lovelace

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a riveting piece of literature!!! My only regret is that I hadn’t heard of this book and read it sooner! The author does a beautiful job weaving a spellbinding tale of intrigue, suspense, and a plethora of emotions that will exhaust and excite. This prequel does a fantastic job establishing the back story of the protagonist. And it whets my whistle to dive into the series immediately. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Sheri Schrader

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery by Cynthia Hamilton is the first of three books in the Madeline Dawkins series. Madeline lives the perfect life until one fateful night. When her husband presents evidence to her of the night she loses everything she has in one swoop. Will Madeline figure out what and who is sabotaging her life?
This is a well-written story where I was able to imagine the scenery, characters, and story. The characters are well developed and I was rooting for Madeline to figure out everything and get her life back in order. I want to say more but do not want to take away from anyone’s experience. I really enjoyed this overall and look forward to reading more from this series.

Review by @sherimichelle1
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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Sheri Schrader

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery by Cynthia Hamilton is the first of three books in the Madeline Dawkins series. Madeline lives the perfect life until one fateful night. When her husband presents evidence to her of the night she loses everything she has in one swoop. Will Madeline figure out what and who is sabotaging her life?
This is a well-written story where I was able to imagine the scenery, characters, and story. The characters are well developed and I was rooting for Madeline to figure out everything and get her life back in order. I want to say more but do not want to take away from anyone’s experience. I really enjoyed this overall and look forward to reading more from this series.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book by this author, I enjoyed it from beginning to the end. The story is creative, well written and had me sitting on the edge of my seat a couple of times. The characters made the story come to life and engaging. Madeline thought she had it all until one night when it all fell apart. She finds herself in a world of blackmail and deceit. What will happen when she realizes who is behind this whole mess and is there a cost? I highly recommend this book.

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) By Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Laura Furuta

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1)
By: Cynthia Hamilton
5 out of 5 stars

The story Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton is a thrilling mystery book. It hooked me in from the beginning and found myself caught up in the plot and characters. I loved reading about the character of Madeline Ridley. She is a woman who has a perfect life. That changes when she wakes up alone and unclothed in a hotel room with no idea how she got there. Worse is that her husband, Steven has received damaging photographs. She sets out to prove she is innocent. Madeline is finding out not all is as it seems. There are discoveries that are made. Will Madeline find out the truth behind the chaos that her life has become? Read this book to find out. Madeline is someone who has a fierce determination to uncover the truth. Her world is changing around her and so is she. She is a character that I grew to care about and I could root for her to succeed. Madeline is also a woman who has a love of fashion and has a good sense of style. There are characters that you are introduced to in this book that are helpful to Madeline and I enjoyed reading about them and their interactions with her. The story had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. You won’t want to put it down. Highly recommended.

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Tausha Treadway

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I loved it! It was a very suspenseful read. Its the story of Madeline Ridley who has the life we all dream of. Fancy house, successful rich husband, a top lady in Santa Barbara Society and anything else money can buy. Madeline works as and Event Planner for high society events and during one of these events her whole world turns upside down. She ends up waking up in a strangers bed, naked with a horrible headache and no memory of the night before. The next day her husband comes in with pictures of her infidelity and kicks her out. The only clause in their pre nup is infidelity. She drives to his office the next morning wanting to make up but walks in on the worst scene she could imagine. She then hires a Private Detective Burt and is about to get to the bottom of the whole weird mess. Will Madeline survive getting the answers she is searching for or will it cost her, her life? Read Spouse Trap to find out but be prepared to read til the finish. You won’t want to put it down!

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Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton

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Madeline Ridley had all she’d ever dreamed of: a handsome, successful husband, a place at the top of Santa Barbara society, every luxury money could buy. In all respects, her world was perfect…until she awoke in the early morning hours in a strange hotel room, alone, unclothed, with a splitting headache and no clue how she had gotten there.

When Steven Ridley comes home in the middle of a weekday and throws a sheaf of damning photos at her, Madeline’s comfortable world collapses in a swirl of blackmail, sabotage and deceit. Hoping to convince Steven of her innocence, Madeline drives to his office and unwittingly stumbles onto a scene that makes her realize who the real enemy is.

From that point on, Madeline Ridley deconstructs herself, reverting back to Madeline Dawkins in order to salvage what’s left of her life. In the process, she discovers where her true strengths lay, and with those, she steels herself for the battle of a lifetime.

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Though I was always an ardent reader, I was convinced I couldn’t string sentences together if my life depended on it. Fortunately for me, when I was looking for something creative I could do from bed—if my mystery illness progressed to that point—I decided to try my hand at it. No pressure, no expectations. I didn’t tell anyone what I was up to. I just wanted to see if I could string sentences together and tell an interesting story.

I remembered a quote by Hemingway, “Write about what you know.” With this mandate, I chose a topic I knew well, the time spent living with my husband in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I typed out my first two paragraphs on my forty-third birthday. I finished that book on my next birthday, and started my second the same day.

As my still-nameless illness progressed, I continued running the family business and continued to write. Nine years after my symptoms began, I finally received a correct diagnosis: Lyme disease, and more specifically, late-stage Lyme, because it had been allowed to progress untreated for so long.

Though the pain was almost unendurable, I clung to my writing like a life preserver. It allowed me to crawl up inside my head, out of my body, giving me brief respites from the vast array of pains.

Though I would never wish this disease on anyone, I can honestly say I am grateful for the path my life took, for it gave me the gift of writing. I now have nine published books, all of which have special significance for me. I write general fiction, mysteries and some nonfiction.

Once Upon a Lyme: The Tale of Two Journeys, is the detailed account of the path my mystery illness led me down as I sought help from over two-dozen doctors, and the gift of writing that was the unexpected upside of being so hopeless ill.

Finding Ruth was inspired by a previously unseen photograph of my mother when she was nineteen. I found it as I was going through her things prior to her move into a skilled nursing hospital. That gorgeous photograph of her looking so happy and full of promise made me realize how little I knew about her life before I came along. Because Alzheimer’s has taken away all her memories, I painstakingly reconstructed her life from public records, thousands of photographs, and what my brother, sister and I could remember. The message in the tribute to my mom is Ask while you have the chance.

As of this writing, I have just completed the fourth book in the Madeline Dawkins mystery series. I’m still in love with writing and I still squeal with joy to think that I’ve written eleven books and self-published nine of them. If there is a message in this, it’s Never discount what you are capable of achieving.

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