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Detective Ryan O'Clery is working a series of homicides when he discovers a journal kept by an uncle five generations earlier, detailing the same type of murders as the Night of the Big Wind swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland in 1839. As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer's description matches exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlyn O'Conor, the woman lost to the killer as the storm raged in Ireland-and if he is the reincarnation of Constable Rian Kelly. Now he's in a race to rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her-or is history destined to repeat itself?

274 pages, Paperback

First published August 19, 2013

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P.M. Terrell

24 books230 followers
p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 21 books in four genres: contemporary suspense, historical adventure/suspense, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret Service, U.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence, themes that have carried forward to her contemporary suspense.

She has been a full-time author since 2002. Vicki’s Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Book Awards nominee, and The Pendulum Files was a national finalist for the Best Cover of the Year in 2014. The Tempest Murders was one of four finalists in the 2013 International Book Awards, cross-genre category.

Her historical suspense, River Passage, was a 2010 Best Fiction and Drama Winner. It was determined to be so historically accurate that a copy of the book resides at the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives in Nashville, Tennessee.

She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, an organization committed to raising public awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She is the organizer and chairperson of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime. For more information on this event and the literacy campaigns funded by it, visit www.bookemnc.org. She is also the founder of The Novel Business, mentoring authors in the business end and selling of books.

She sits on the board of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library. She has also served on the boards of Robeson County Arts Council, Crime Stoppers and Crime Solvers and became the first female president of the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.

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Profile Image for Sherry Fundin.
1,801 reviews119 followers
August 8, 2018
The girl of his dream walks into his life and turns his world upside down.

Sounds a bit cliche, but there is nothing cliche about P M Terrell’s ability to write a fantastic story in The Tempest Murders. She tweaks this suspense novel with touches of the paranormal…and maybe reincarnation?

Ryan had dreams of her ever since he could remember and now she walks into his life. He is more than haunted by his past. It’s as if he is reliving it.

I love his interaction with his sweet nieces and they love his cheesy rabbit dinner. It is touches like this that make her characters unforgettable. The twins immediately stole my heart. I could picture them in all their cuteness.

Man, oh man, this woman can write. There is a bigger mystery than mere murder and I eagerly anticipate her explanation. She is creeping me out, but the suspense and anticipation of what’s coming keeps me from putting the book down.

Category 5 Hurricane Irene is bearing down on them, but that is not the only storm brewing. Ryan struggles to keep the past from being repeated, but can he change Fate? What do you think?

I love the blend of serial killer, murder and mystery, with the paranormal and supernatural.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Tempest Murders by P M Terrell.

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Profile Image for A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol).
1,954 reviews1 follower
December 5, 2015
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Ryan O’Clery, formerly of Ireland, now working as a Detective for the Lumberton, NC PD, has a serial killer on the loose. During his investigations of three similarly looking women who are murdered in exactly the same way Ryan meets a woman who not only matches the killer’s victim profile, but she’s the woman that Ryan is positive he’s been dreaming about his whole life, the reincarnation of his ancestor’s lost love. As the past and present merge into a huge déjà vu and Hurricane Irene barrels towards North Carolina, Ryan has to build a case against the man his gut says is responsible for the murders, convince Cait that she’s meant for him without sounding loony and keep her safe from the killer before the past repeats itself.

I like to read an occasional mystery, but when this tour dropped in my inbox, I wasn’t feeling particularly mysterish. Then I saw it was set in NC, where I currently live and that it seemed to have a paranormal slant to it. That did it. I decided I was in and I’m glad I did.

Well-written with a great plot and lots of detail, the past and present parallels made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I do have a couple of minor complaints though. The bad guy doesn’t explain anything. No monologue or reason why he did what he did, past or present. I’m left in the dark as to why Ríán was targeted in the past and how the bad guy found Ryan and Cait in the present. Too many unanswered questions. Also, I couldn’t get any real grasp of Cait’s personality and, to be honest, I didn’t like her. At all. I know that doesn’t make sense, but hear me out. I cannot stand women who withhold information and then act all hurt when people get pissed at them. And then, she blamed Ryan for rushing her to bed before she could tell him. Sorry, you twat. You have a mouth and you were with him for hours. Hours! Don’t get on your high horse and teary because he’s now pissed at you. Gah! Ok, I didn’t like her. End of rant. She’s not around all that much in this story anyway, so all-in-all this is a great paranormal mystery that builds the suspense quite nicely.
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2,186 reviews64 followers
October 14, 2013
In January 1839 in Ireland, Ríán Kelly was a constable in love with Caitlyn (aka Cait). As the Night of the Big Wind approaches, women were being murdered. Ríán had to go to Dublin and when he got back after the Night of the Big Wind, he discovered that Cait had disappeared. He was heartbroken as he searched for her.

In August 2011 in North Carolina, Ryan Kelly was a cop. Originally from Ireland, he moved to the U.S. with his sister, Claire ... I could still "hear" their accent in their dialog. For years, he had been having vivid dreams of a woman that seem so real. When Ryan met Cathleen (aka Cait), he realized it's the woman he has been dreaming about and instantly fell in love with her.

Ríán was Ryan's ancestor and as he read Ríán's diary, Ryan realized that history was repeating itself ... women were getting murdered just before a big storm hit ( 2011's Hurricane Irene). How can that be?

This is the first book I read by this author and I liked it.

I liked the writing style and the stories kept me interested ... I was curious as to how/if they would come together. The story was written in third person and focused on wherever the action was. After all the jumping back and forth in time, I had hoped for a different ending.

I liked the characters. Ríán and Ryan are both cops who are tracking serial killers but we get to see their emotional side since they have found "the one". I liked Claire, Ryan's sister, and her young daughters ... they love and keep an eye out for Ryan. Though I liked Caitlyn, I didn't connect with Cathleen.

I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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Profile Image for Martha Dunlop.
Author 4 books121 followers
February 5, 2018
This book had me hooked. The story was riveting, and I loved the reincarnation angle. The story was intense and emotional, amped up by the dreams. And I loved the romance which echoed back through lifetimes to Ireland, a country I love.

A bit of context:

Three murders in three days. All the victims look the same, all killed in the same way. Detective Ryan O’Clery has is work cut out trying to figure out what happened.

Add to that his dreams. Night after night he is plagued by images of the destruction of a home he has never seen, and the grief of losing a wife he has never met.

When a journalist turns up on his doorstep, identical to the woman in his dreams his life is turned upside down.

Add to that a suspect he is convinced is the murderer, a complete lack of evidence, and a major storm on the way. The pressure is piling on.

This book has a huge ending that answered many questions and left some hanging for the sequel, which I also devoured in a matter of days. I now wish I’d read the books more slowly so that I could still be absorbed in their world. I am new to P.M.Terrell, but am now binge reading her books and loving every minute of it.
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3,131 reviews24 followers
August 24, 2014
I enjoyed this unusual suspense story. Unusual in the way the story is set up. I love the parallels and the concept of I am living my life out the same until my past heartache is resolved and the mystery surrounding it is closed.

Ryan is a detective from Ireland working a set of murders that are causing him to have more nightmares than usual. His anger is thinly veiled and rising with each restless night and murder. His dreams are of a past that he can't quite figure out but he is sure he knows. Meanwhile the murders seem personal and a reporter who gets his hackles up comes to town.

Cathleen the reporter. The one in his dreams only she isn't in his dreams. She frustrates him but also intrigues him. From the moment they spend a minute together there is a bond forged. A need and desire but he is guarded due to a misunderstanding. Ryan fights hard against his desires and this frustrates him more. So does the fact that his dreams are becoming more intense and frequent since she came into his life.

Ryan is already dealing with a ruined marriage and why which still makes him angry, murders that are nagging him, dreams that are prophetic and remind him of Cathleen and trying to just hold on to his sanity. Something that is on a thin line. The past anger comes crashing around him and he does make mistakes. Mistakes that show he is human but they do cost him. Cost him alot and also in his mind respect.

With nothing left to lose he pulls down the walls when it comes to Cathleen and lets her in. While this is happening he begins to read his favorite uncle's journal and it freaks him out. He sees parallels to his life and begins to ponder things. His murder cases begin to come together and he starts to put pieces in place.

I love his nieces and how open that they are. They encourage him to be with Cathleen and help his sister see that he has not lost all his marbles and that his instincts are right.

While all this is taking place, danger lurks for both Cathleen and Ryan and Ryan senses this but cannot completely change Fate. Fate is a fickle beast and here it must play out.

A book of intrigue and romance. One where they fight what they want and need in order to come together in a more harmonious way. A suspense that has you question Ryan's sanity at times but intrigues you as well as you see greater forces play a role in all that is happening. Who says the misdeeds and unjustices from the past can't haunt the present? Who says that love cannot be sent through generations and bring people together at the moment when it is needed to help get calm and clarity in one's world? This book is a testament to all those questions as more as you surely will plunge into this intriguing book with questions and come out with a smile. A wonderful read from start to finish with characters that will have you wonder what is up with them as they try to become whole and piece together and solve the murders at the same time.
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319 reviews5 followers
January 19, 2014
In Lumberton, North Carolina, Detective Ryan O'Clery is working a series of homicides when he comes into possession of a journal kept by his great-uncle, five generations earlier. In his writings, Constable Rian Kelly details an eerily similar set of murders that he is investigating in Dublin, Ireland, during 1839. The number of victims steadily increases - until the night of January 6, 1839, when the 'Night of the Big Wind' swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland - completely devastating the country.

As Hurricane Irene barrels towards the North Carolina coastline, Ryan O'Clery discovers that even the killer's description that Rian Kelly mentions, matches exactly Ryan's prime suspect for the homicides in North Carolina. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he wonders if she is, in fact, the reincarnation of Caitlyn O'Conor - Rian Kelly's fiancee, and the suspected final victim of the killer - lost as the storm raged across Ireland.

Ryan is in a desperate race against time. For, if reincarnation is possible, then Ryan suspects that he may just be the reincarnation of Rian Kelly. Now, he must rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her. Or risk losing her forever, as history appears destined to repeat itself.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As I've said before, I do like stories that have paranormal overtones to them, and mysteries of any kind woven throughout storylines certainly intrigue me. I also like reading stories that are in any way connected to Ireland. I was originally born in Belfast, although until I was about four years old, my family and I lived in Dublin. Anyway, I give The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell a definite A+! and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I just wanted to mention something that happened that surprised me: I had just finished reading this book, and was telling my mom about it. I was explaining how part of the story took place during the 'Night of the Big Wind', when I noticed that my mom was looking at me sort of curiously. I stopped speaking, and she picked up a magazine off a stack of Irish magazines that had just arrived in the mail the day before. The magazine was an issue commemorating 175 years since the 'Night of the Big Wind'!
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693 reviews78 followers
December 20, 2014
The is the first book that I have read by p.m. terrell, though I have had my eye on her Black Swamp Mysteries for awhile now.This stand alone seemed like the perfect way to get a feel for her writing style before committing to the series. I am super glad that I did, and will be adding her other books to my TBR pile.

This story opens January 7th, 1839 in Ireland. Rián Kelly has just arrived back home after a horrendous night of traveling through the elemental equivalent of the nine circles of Hell. Rián is a constable who has just returned from a trip to Dublin on business. Unfortunately, he arrives home to late to save his true love Cait from a killer.

Chapter 2 brings us to roughly present day (2011) North Carolina and we meet Ryan O'Clery as he wakes from a dream of Rián and Cait. Ryan has had these dreams his entire life and Cait is as familiar to him as his own face reflected in Rián's. Ryan is a detective working a serial killer case. Little does he know how close upcoming events will mirror the dreams that haunt him every night.

I do not consider this book a Time Travel novel. None of the characters travel back in time. Yes, the main character has dreams of what could be interpreted as a past life, but he doesn't actually go back in time. The two couples live parallel lifes, but to me this isn't the same as time travel. So if that is the only thing holding you back from picking up this book, just strike that excuse off of your list. ;)

I really enjoyed this book even though it was told almost completely from Ryan's perspective. Or maybe because of it. It is rare for a romance to be from the male's pov. It lent and unexpected flavor to the story that was very unique and intriguing. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
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1,958 reviews63 followers
December 10, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve read a murder mystery, so I was looking forward to my reintroduction of the genre. My only disappointment was that it seemed to end to soon! I don’t mean that the story wasn’t well spaced (it was) or that it was rushed (it wasn’t); just that- I fell in love with these two characters, Ryan and Cait, and I really wish I could continue their story. The idea of reincarnation is an intriguing one, and the way the author incorporated this storyline into Ryan’s life was unique. I was hooked early on and this book never let go. Still hasn’t, to be honest! The only way I would have loved the story more is if it had been a true romance, and focused more on the relationship between Ryan and Cait.

The mystery was well thought out, and could have come straight off of a TV crime drama. Ryan’s dynamics working as a detective were easily believable, as were Cait’s as a TV reporter. Their instant connection was hot (!) and I loved that he felt it immediately due to his dreams of her since childhood. It would have been neat if the author had alternated the POV between Ryan and Cait, so you could see if she had been having similar dreams as well. Cait seems to allude to it a few times, but never gets to go in depth. Although their story wasn’t the only focus of the novel, the author won’t completely leave you hanging about how it all ends up.

Another reason I enjoyed it so much is that, being a native North Carolinian, I love reading stories that take place here. It’s always fun for me to imagine these goings on in my alternate literary fantasy world.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Hot

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More
July 28, 2014
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
The Tempest Murders is a standalone mystery crime thriller.
Ryan O'Clery moved to America with his sister when she went to college. He's a good detective that came from a long line of law enforcement men in his family. Ever since he was younger he's been plague with nightmares of one of his descendants. When murders start happening it's his job to race to find the killer. The odd thing is the murders and circumstances seem eerily familiar. Then he meets Catherine. Instantly there's a connection between the two. He feels like she's the girl of his dreams, that he's known her all his life. As the murders progress he realizes that the events of the past are about to repeat themselves if Ryan can't stop it.

A thrilling detective story that blew me away. I loved the mystery and suspense that kept me flipping page after page. The most exciting part was the chase. They always say 'the thrill of the chase' and I felt that in this novel. You will not be disappointed with this read. I loved Ryan's character. He was a determined, strong and handsome detective willing to do everything he could to ensure the safety of those he cares about. He's not perfect by any means, he has his flaws but those just make him more real. Claire and Cait were great supporting characters. They were strong and determined women who fought for what they believed in. The interactions were genuine and I loved his nieces. A fantastic whirlwind of thrills to keep you on the edge of your seat and reading into the wee hours to discover what happens.
I would recommend this story to those who enjoy crime thrillers.
I rate this story 5 fangs.
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Author 44 books873 followers
August 11, 2014
The Tempest Murders is a mystery with a bit of love thrown in – just my cup of tea. With the main character O’Clery being a police detective, I was a bit worried that this novel would become too much of a police procedural. Not too worry. Even though there is a bit of the typical police procedural, the story itself differs enough from the typical police detective novel that it’s refreshing. I enjoyed the supernatural connection between the present day Ryan O’Clery and the past Constable Rian Kelly. The connection added to the overall suspense of the novel. And the novel was certainly full of suspense. The last fifth of the novel was a race against time, weather and the murderer – hard to put down!

It is obvious that Terrell has thoroughly researched the subject matter of the book. As a former police officer and attorney, I’m giving Terrell a thumbs up in getting the details correct. It’s enjoyable to read a book in which the writer gets the details down pat.

Unfortunately, Ryan O’Clery’s character was a bit of a cliché. He was divorced, angry and always getting in trouble for not following the proper procedures. The animosity between the local police and the FBI was also a bit too familiar. The love between Ryan and Cathleen Reilly is a tad simplified. In Ryan’s regard, this makes sense but we don’t know Cathleen’s story and so her love is somewhat unbelievable.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good suspense.
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1,326 reviews112 followers
November 1, 2013
Detective Ryan O'Cleary has dreams about this beautiful woman, even before he read his uncles diary, so when he meets Cathleen Reilly he is literally swept off his feet by her. They become lovers. Hurricane Irene is on its way and since Cathleen is a newscaster, she will be covering the storm.

There have been a series of murders that mimic the ones that took place in Ireland in the 1800's. All the women murdered in both era's resemble each other. Cathleen also resembles the women murdered and Ryan is concerned for her safety as she also appears to be the woman in Ryan's dreams, Caitlyn O'Connor, who supposedly perished in the Night of the Big Wind in Ireland in a past century. Ryan is very headstrong, a Irish trait for sure, and he is determined to find the killer and bring him to justice.

The secondary characters are Ryan's sister Claire and her twin girls. I loved the girls, spunky, sassy and they love their uncle Ryan very much. I found this to be a fast paced, tense story that takes the reader into the tempest, the hurricane and the serial killer. Very intriguing, with an element of time travel. The ending left me wondering a bit though, but all in all I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it!!

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1,764 reviews48 followers
December 3, 2013
This romantic suspense novel will grab you in from the first chapter to the the last word! I can well understand why the author is up for an award for this book. When you click on the link I provided below you will be able to read the first 8 chapters on Amazon-they will go quick and will leave you hungering for more I promise.

Deja vu-that feeling you get when you know you know someone or have been in the exact same situation-well that is happening in this novel. Ryan O'Clery, a police detective, has been having a recurring nightmare since a very young age which revolves around a woman who the man in the dream loves and loses. When Claire, a news reporter, appears from between his shrubbery one day-there is an instant attraction-SHE is the image of the woman his dreams have been about.

Will history repeat itself? Will nature's wild fury once again allow a merciless killer to separate these soul mates? Read this book to find out!! 5 Stars in my opinion!
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August 25, 2014
First, I would like to thank the author P.M. Terrell for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book. The story-line is good. The characters are well written and developed. I am looking forward to reading more from P.M. Terrell.
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