Stroke of Midnight! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #2) by Deborah A. Bowman



The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

This stand-alone novella in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series is the second of 12 novellas. Denise “Denny” Ryder became embroiled in a missing child case in STROKE OF FEAR! Her sixth sense led police to the seven-year-old boy and identified his alleged kidnapper, a psychopathic serial killer that feeds on the blood of innocent children. The astral projection Denny experienced brings her to her darkest hour as STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! begins, revealing the story Denny just couldn’t face initially.
Detective Ted Collins is now facing an identical M.O., involving a five-year-old little girl, Clarissa. He desperately needs Denny’s help, but Denny is struggling for her life as well. Ted senses the clock is ticking as he tries to save both young lives. A program dating back to WWII will aid Denny, perhaps, but what about Clarissa? This paranormal, crime investigative series is just starting to unfold.

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #2
Length: 61 pages
Release date: 2013-09-14



“I’m Doctor Gonzales from the ER. We have a specialist on the way to help your wife. Denise is a little more stable, but still considered critical. I’ll let you know more…” The frazzled doctor turned back to the ER window to acknowledge an urgent voice and someone handed him a file.

My Opinion

This book continues where the first ended. After Denny Ryder fainted at the recovery site, she fell into a coma.

With Stroke of Midnight!, Deborah A. Bowman continues her quite intriguing paranormal crime series. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into Denny’s world. Deborah A. Bowman paints a clear picture of Denny’s mind while the story evolves. Denny is likeable, complex, and visibly suffering from what she has to experience during her visions. She suffers from her visions even now, comatose, after an ischemic stroke. The story begins with a flashback to provide the reader with a solid background; it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that Denny in her state and Detective Ted Collins – who believes in her abilities – would rescue the little girl.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and paranormal crime series in novella format, psychology, and if you like female characters with a mission.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense; Denny’s thoughts: first person – present tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Stroke of Midnight!? Or – if you did not yet read Stroke of Midnight! – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





15 thoughts on “Stroke of Midnight! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #2) by Deborah A. Bowman

      • Karen, I am so humbled that you too can see the importance of these novellas in helping children not become victims. There are too many missing children that never come home!

      • Raising awareness should be high on top of everyone’s list, Deborah. You and your series will be a great support for the good cause – as more and more readers comprehend and spread the word.

  1. Thank you for such a complete and complimentary review. You picked up on aspects of the full novella series in this stand-alone Book 2 in the Series. There are four novellas in the series. I appreciate you taking the time to read this novella. Stroke of Silence! Book 3 is my favorite in the series. It answer the questions: “What happened to Clarissa?”

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