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In Self Defense

(A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller #1)

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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  36 reviews
When a tireless newswoman becomes the story…

she could lose everything—starting with the family business.

To get the scoop on two grisly murders, newspaper publisher Audrey Anderson needs help from Winchester sheriff Colton Tanner—the gorgeous cowboy who betrayed their teenage love. But Audrey fears that finding the killer will mean exposing the family secret she desperately
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Harlequin Intrigue (first published January 15th 2019)
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Audrey is an award winning journalist returning home to take over the local newspaper her father and uncle ran prior to his death. Past secrets are start to become known and it links Audrey to a childhood secret she would love to keep buried. Her high school boyfriend is also the local sheriff and brings a load of trouble when she tries to get the scoop on local news.

Colt has a lot riding on his shoulders, his the local sheriff, father of a troubled son, and his high school sweetheart just came
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Nancy Wolfe
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
IN SELF DEFENSE by Debra Webb is the beginning of a new series that takes place in Winchester, Tennessee. Well-known crime journalist, Audrey Anderson, returns to her hometown of Winchester to take over the family newspaper. Leaving behind her days of investigating crime, she is now focused on running the newspaper and taking care of her ailing mother. Her mother suffers from dementia and resides in a nursing home. Audrey’s heart breaks each time she visits because sometimes her mother can't rem ...more
Lea
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audrey Anderson returns to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, just in time to be caught in the middle of the disappearance of a local man. Running into her former first love, Sheriff Colt Tanner, is inevitable since Audrey is the owner of the local newspapers and is chasing the story, but it certainly is not without risks. Audrey has to navigate the bodies that keep being discovered, the body in her newspaper office’s basement and the yearning looks from Colt in order to help solve this intr ...more
Sarah
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Debra Webb for the ARC of In Self Defense by Debra Webb that I read and reviewed.
This book was a great fast paced thriller that had a lot of suspense and action that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the end. I really enjoyed Audrey and Colt as characters and their past relationship adds an extra demension to the story. The tension between the two was great.
As for the mystery part I really enjoyed that too. It was fast paced and with Audrey trying to uncover the story o
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Donna (More Than a Review)
I am a fan of Debra Webb she can create a suspense to keep you turning pages at break neck speed.
The book opens with a murder in the Mennonite community. Colton and Branch are investigating. Colton is the local Sherriff and Branch is with the FBI. I didn’t realize this is part of a series. I recommend it already. Audrey has come home to take care of her mother with dementia and run her family’s newspaper. I am typically not a fan of journalists but Debra created a relatable character in Audrey.
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Becky
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, nice beginning to a new series. I love Debra Webb books, have for years.. The storyline between Audrey and Colton is filled with betrayal and hurt but am so glad they worked through it for a HEA. I can't wait for next book in this series.
Bonnie Drummond
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin
A New Series that will have you on edge and wanting more from this series. Debra Webb has got a real way of telling a stoty that will have you wantung to live in tbe small Tennessee Town. I for one would want to live there. Grab a copy and find out what happens.
Jo-Ann Elizabeth Toth
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading a Debra Webb book. She can really make a mystery interesting by adding a love story to it. Audrey and Colt have history from 1 mistake he made. Its a well written story that has fascinating twists and turns in the plot. I love how the story starts with a murder. Then she draws you into the story. I'm real curious to read the next book from this series. But I'm also interested in reading her new book coming out in Mira which is also from this town. Ohhh there is some great reading ...more
JoAnn
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this romantic suspense. The book is well written with a good plot and believable characters. I received an arc from Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
Lisa
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good suspense with a little romance, couldn't put it down. Characters and plot were enjoyable and well written.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance read
Tarrah Marie
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC of #InSelfDefense

Another wonderfully written romantic suspense by Debra Webb.

Crime journalist, Audrey Anderson, has returned to her hometown of Winchester to take over the family Newspaper business. With her days of days of investigating crime behind her, Audrey is focused on the newspaper publication and caring for her ailing mother. But when two out of town men end up murdered in her small town, Audrey finds herself working together with the county Sheriff
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Jo Ann Reinhold
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Debra Webb is one of my "go to" authors for suspense and she did not let me down on this one!
Once more her clock ticking approach to writing builds the suspense and sucks you right into the story.
From the first page to the last you will be at the edge of your seat as you immerse yourself into Debra's world of Winchester, Tennessee and the secrets buried there.
Great characters and plot that keeps you glued to the story. Another winner from Ms. Webb!
Beverly
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Audrey was determined to get the truth. You could feel the emotions between Colton and Audrey the hurt she held on for longer then maybe she should have. The guilt he felt was so real but the love for his son shown threw as well. A secret that was kept for over 20 years. was just a great story. I can't wait to read more on this couple and others in Winchester. I felt like it was a town I'd actually love to live in.
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
Fast paced romantic suspense at its best. Love this author and this new series based in Winchester Tennessee didn’t disappoint. I love how it’s linked to her other new series too. More to read with characters you love!
Tammy Morse
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a local girl goes away to be a big reporter and has to come back to her home town to take over the family paper and take care of her mom. The there is a case she is sent out to and doesn't want to run into the head of the sheriffs office. The man who broke her heart. It is a line of murders that she seems to be the one who can get any of the females to talk. Final yhe two work together and finally solve the case after she had to in the wrong place at the paper had an issue. But one case led ...more
Tammy Morse
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hometown goes away com her home town with a broken heart swears she will never will love this man again. She goes away makes something of herself and then comes back to take over the family business which is the newspaper.
Debra writes this story so you can follow the story very well. With the way she writes the killing and the detail it makes you feel like you are right there all the way to the end.
The follow is great decription is awesome and the emotion is right with you. Try Debra Webb's In
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Jessica Figueroa
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, contemporary, arc
Audrey is a crime journalist who back home to be there for her mother who has dementia. While a couple of deaths seem to be connected Audrey is trying to get the scoop while sheriff Colton is trying to make sure she keeps her distance from the case. Thing is the more closer she gets into the details the most things in her family past might have some type of connection to whats going on and they really need to see who is behind the mystery that's going on and capture them before things get worse. ...more
Vicki
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audrey Anderson moves back to Winchester to take over the two centuries run family newspaper. She left Winchester to become a big time journalist but returned home after a news scandal. Her ex from Jr High through HS is now a Police Officer. She’ll never forgive him for an indiscretion during a senior party.
Colt has never gotten over Audrey but she barely acknowledges his presence, let alone wants anything to do with him.
When a member of the small Mennonite Community kills an intruder, they ca
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Melody Chase
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Self Defense is full of mystery. Rey comes back home to Winchester, Nashville to take over the family newspaper business. The little town that she grew up in holds deep dark secrets, some of which Rey has been hiding for the past 25 years. When two murders take place in her hometown, her journalistic instincts take over and she will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Does these new murders have anything to do with the secret she has kept for the past 25 years? Her mom can't give her answer ...more
Lori
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this easy to read romantic thriller with secrets best kept buried. The characters are so like able. Audrey is back home from a career of a big time crime reporter to take over the family newspaper and care for her mother who's suffering from dementia. When a Chicago mob hit man is killed in a Mennonite family's home in a small town in Tennessee it's big news. Audrey must save the newspaper so she plants herself in the middle of Sheriff Coltons investigation . She and Sheriff Colt have ...more
Lynn Brooks
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secrets and intrigue nabbed my attention quickly! With the story line of two gruesome murders competing with the reunion of young love done wrong, there's never a dull moment in the first Winchester, Tennessee Thriller. I enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series!

Audrey Anderson has made a life for herself as a big city reporter in DC for the last decade, but now that her uncle is wanting to retire, she's returning home to take over the family newspaper business. The last person she want
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Joanne
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one will keep you guessing until the very end.

Audrey Anderson moves back to Winchester to take over the family newspaper in Winchester, and care for her mother who's suffering from dementia. When two murders take place in her hometown, she will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Audrey finds herself working together with the county Sheriff, Colton Tanner, who happens to be her former boyfriend and love of her life. But he broke her heart, can she forgive him? And can they work together t
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Elaine
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So moving back home to take over the paper, for the family is a job in its self, But then Murder  turns things upside down. For Audrey. Tring to get the scoop for the paper keeping her own family Secrets  buried.. when a old lover is always showing up. Hes done you wrong .in the past you dont want him around but hes at every turn. And finding the killer of this small town might mean exposing her family  Secrets.  Debra Webb  has Done it again.. I Truly Love her books .pick up a copy. You'll love ...more
Teresa  -Poised Pen Productions
The suspense starts from the very first pages and doesn’t stop. The author has brought all the elements together that I look for in a romantic suspense story, strong characters, a thrilling mystery, and a touch of romance.

The writing style is exceptional, as only Debra Webb can do. She makes her characters and scenic descriptions authentic and it feels as though you are part of the story.

If you like reading an exciting suspense thriller, with a touch of romance, then you will love
In Self Defens
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Alicia
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Self Defense
One would think that in small little towns everyone knows everyone's business. Whether good or bad you’re sure to be the talk of the town. What happens when secrets that have held that small town notion start surfacing?
Audrey Anderson is beginning to realize that those ghosts can come back to haunt you and those around you. What starts out as a murder that seemingly doesn’t belong, soon becomes a tangle of the past and present. Throw in an old flame that she never truly moved on
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Diane Saul
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audrey Anderson has returned home to run the family newspaper. After 2 murders she is working with the Sheriff, Colton Tanner, the childhood sweetheart who betrayed her by cheating. Audrey is also caring for her Mother who suffers from dementia. Audrey also has a family secret that she must guard at all costs. Unfortunately the recent murders may be connected to that secret.

This is another great romantic suspense by Debra. The plot kept me interested and turning the pages. It is a fast enjoyabl
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Ellen Weaver
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Debra Webb has another winner with this book. Audrey Anderson runs into her high school flame years after his betrayal. As they work their way through dead bodies, the tension between the two sizzles. Sheriff Tanner isn’t willing to allow a newspaper publisher Into his crime scenes. While Audrey searches for answers to make headlines, Colt searches for a cold-blooded killer with possible mob connections. This is a cannot-put-down book with suspense on every page!!!
Michelle
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crime reporter, Audrey Anderson has returned to her hometown to take over her family's newspaper. When 2 murders are discovered, she is working together with Colt Tanner, her high school sweetheart who betrayed her and broke her heart. As they try to figure out what is going on, Audrey starts to suspect that the murders might be related to her own family secret.

This is a fast paced book that keeps your interest throughout. Another great romantic suspense series by Ms. Webb.
Mary Lawson
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Self Defense
Debra Webb

When the sheriff and reporter have baggage with each other, will they be able to work things out and solve why the killing happened and keep everyone safe?
All the twists, turns, and secrets lead to a spine tingling thriller that can’t be put down from Winchester, Tennessee.
Definitely a late night read to the finish.
Cindy Woten
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A romantic suspense book that for me was somewhat slow at the beginning. Once the first murder happened things began to pick up. From there the book offers different possibilities about the other events going on in the town that keep you intrigued.
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DEBRA WEBB is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 140 novels, including reader favorites the Shades of Death, the Faces of Evil and the Colby Agency series. She is the recipient of the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense as well as numerous Reviewers Choice Awards. In 2012 Debra was honored as the first recipient of the esteemed L. A. Banks Warrior W ...more

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