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About the novella:

The mysterious appearance of a crop circle wreaks havoc on a quiet farm in VICIOUS CIRCLE, a novella by Todd Ritter, whose debut thriller, DEATH NOTICE, was hailed by bestselling author Linda Castillo as "a roller-coaster ride of thrills and chills."

Small towns don't get much smaller than Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania. A charming mix of quaint streets and sprawling fields, it used to be a quiet and uneventful place. Then a serial killer struck, bringing the town unwanted attention and putting the life of its police chief, Kat Campbell, at risk.

Nine months have passed since then, and peace has returned to Perry Hollow. But when a local farmer discovers a crop circle in one of his fields, the town finds itself back in the spotlight. Was the circle the work of human hands? Or is something more mysterious -- and unearthly -- happening in the fields of Perry Hollow?

Reporting to the scene, Kat finds a pair of young farmers in over their heads, neighbors both friend and foe, and a vicious circle of jealousy, lies and backstabbing. As she gets closer to unraveling the truth, Chief Campbell once again finds herself fighting for her life.

A riveting tale of a farm shattered by secrets, VICIOUS CIRCLE is sure to thrill fans of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series and readers of DEATH NOTICE longing for a repeat visit to Ritter’s Perry Hollow.