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Book By Author:  Sharon Woods Hopkins


Banker Rhetta McCarter’s ongoing battles usually involve mortgage loans, federal lending regulations, threats of bulges on her butt, and her closet-drinking husband. But after one of her mortgage clients dies in a mysterious car accident, she stumbles upon evidence of a terrorist plot to wipe out the entire Midwest power grid. No one believes her—not the FBI, local law enforcement, or her husband. Rhetta convinces her assistant, and loan officer, Woody, a former Marine, to help her stop the attack.

Problems mount and time begins running out, leaving Rhetta alone to stop the bad guys. Can she do it?

“Oh, I love Rhetta McCarter! She's hilarious, smart, savvy, tenacious, loving—and just the teensiest bit stubborn. (Good thing, or her hometown would be in serious trouble.) “Killerwatt” is a high-voltage, high-speed adventure—with humor, heart, and a frighteningly realistic story!”

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Macavity and Agatha-winning author 


“Feisty amateur sleuth Rhetta McCarter takes us along on a thrilling ride in her '79 Camaro as she tries to stop a terrorist plot that could mean lights out for the country...and for Rhetta! An exciting, fast-paced thriller from a promising debut author.”
Sharon Potts, award-winning author of In Their Blood and Someone's Watching

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A must read mystery thriller that shows how vulnerable we really are.


One thing that kept going through my head as I read Killerwatt by Sharon Woods Hopkins, is that I hope it was not plausible and, if it was, I hope the FBI or someone high up reads this soon. Hopkins takes us on a roller coaster ride with a feisty Rhetta McCarter from Missouri who uncovers a major terrorist plot to knock out the power throughout the Midwest and the rest of the U.S. What I love about the main character, Rhetta, is that she is not a government agent or policeman.  

She is a bank manager who is an amateur sleuth. Just an ordinary person that we meet every day, who follows a lead like a pit bull when one of her clients is killed in a car crash. Rhetta becomes a magnet that attracts nothing but trouble for her, her ex-judge alcoholic husband and anyone that seems to talk to her. The more she uncovers the worse things get, but Rhetta's quirky humor and tenacity keeps her one step of the game, at least for awhile.

Hopkins has written a solid mystery thriller that will appeal to a wide audience. Her style takes a fun, light heart-ed approach to a serious subject which kept me reading it in one go. Even when my eyes were trying to close, I had to read the next chapter to see what would happen next to Rhetta. Hopkins has created a likable heroine that I could see become a series of books quickly. Killerwatt is an entertaining read that shows how vulnerable we are and I hope never really happens in my lifetime.




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Sharon Hopkins Author:  Sharon Woods Hopkins


Sharon Woods Hopkins' mystery series featuring mortgage banker Rhetta McCarter and her ’79 Camaro hits close to home. Sharon is a branch manager for a mortgage office of a Missouri bank. She also owns the original Cami, a restored ’79 Camaro like Rhetta’s. Sharon’s hobbies include painting, fishing, photography, flower gardening, and restoring muscle cars with her son, Jeff. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild, and the Missouri Writers’ Guild. Sharon also spent 30 years as an Appaloosa Horse Club judge, where she was privileged to judge all over the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She lives on the family compound near Marble Hill, Missouri with her husband, Bill, next door to her son, Jeff, his wife, Wendy, and her grandson, Dylan, plus two dogs, one cat, and assorted second generation Camaros. Watch for Rhetta McCarter and the second book in the series, KILLERFIND, coming soon.