Dead Wrong

A Samantha Church Mystery: Book 3

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
284 Pages
Reviewed on 02/07/2015
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Author Biography

Betta Ferrendelli is the author of the award-winning Samantha Church Mystery Series, featuring The Friday Edition, Revenge is Sweet, Dead Wrong, Cold Case No. 99-5219 and On the Border, which published in April 2020.
The Friday Edition was named one of the best Indie books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews; won the Readers' Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Award in the Fiction, Mystery, Sleuth category and earned best mystery in the 9th annual National Indie Excellence Awards for 2015.
Cold Case No. 99-5219 won the 2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal in the Fiction, Mystery, Murder category, and was a finalist in the 13th annual National Indie Excellence Awards, mystery category.
Betta is also the author of two award-winning contemporary women's fiction novels: An Invincible Summer and Last Things.
She has been an award-winning journalist since 1989, having worked at newspapers in Denver, Seattle and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Samantha Church has already faced tremendous danger and hardship, but things are not getting much better for her in Dead Wrong by Betta Ferrendelli. Still recovering from injuries she received during a kidnapping, Sam feels guilty for Wilson’s need for a prosthesis to replace the hand that was amputated. In addition, she is mourning the death of her sister who was investigating a crime that Sam had written about for her newspaper. Sam finds herself involved in yet another mystery which brings her in touch with some good and not so good people. Involving any more innocent people is not what she wants to do but, without help, Sam and Wilson, her friend and editor, just can’t collect enough evidence to move ahead with their story. When things get really tough, instead of support from her boyfriend, Trace, Sam learns that he doesn’t see their relationship the same way. With this hit to her ego and the stress of the investigation, will Sam be able to hold on to her sobriety?

Betta Ferrendelli has done an amazing job portraying a deeply real character in Dead Wrong. Sam is a normal, everyday woman with more than her fair share of issues. We see a vulnerable person who is doing her best in spite of some of the bad choices she has made and hardships life has thrown at her. Along with Sam, the other characters present ‘real life’ issues that demonstrate the difficulty of handling a job, bad relationships, personal loss, loneliness and great insecurity. Dead Wrong is a great mystery story that really touches the sensitive places so many people try to hide.