Malicious Secrets
A Sam Parker Mystery

"Malicious Secrets, the second book in the Sam Parker mystery series based in Temecula, California is an exciting ride."

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Malicious Secrets: A Sam Parker Mystery


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Samantha Parker is back with a new job as a private investigator and new cases to solve. Frank, her boss, has finally assigned her a big case. One that will surely help her to prove herself. All she has to do is discover what could have happened to a college girl that has been missing for seven months, and find out if she’s dead or alive. And with an increasing body count, it won’t be easy.

As a new PI without much more than her gut instincts to go on, Sam enlists the help of a detective in the police department to assist her in finding out what could have happened to the girl. He’s got the experience, and she knows in order to get the job done, she’s going to have to stay close to him and learn what she can. It doesn’t hurt that Detective Jake Reilly is oh so sexy either!

As the second book in Maria Pease’s Sam Parker Mystery series, this fast paced detective mystery finds Samantha Parker in some compromising situations as she works her caseload. Financial scams, cheating spouses, missing persons and deviant behaviors are just the tip of the iceberg, but with her sense of humor intact and her lucky undies to give her confidence, she’s ready for whatever comes her way.


Malicious Secrets includes eye-opening adventures involving financial trickery, cheating spouses and even the vampire culture. It’s exciting to learn more about Sam Parker’s “keen ability to visualize things and events” via Maria Pease’s second installment in her mystery series that takes place right here in the Temecula Valley. You won’t want to put it down!

 - Jan Roberts, Temecula, CA


Maria Pease hits a home run with her second in the Sam Parker Mystery series.

Samantha Parker is a young determined women, trying to make it as a private investigator. Sam has what it takes; she is smart, energetic and curious with the raw gut feelings that that will make a great PI. Get ready to go to some pretty dark places with Sam as she gets herself into situations that are both thrilling and dangerous.

Sam knows what she wants, except when it comes to men. Her love life isn’t quite as clear as her profession. Malicious Secrets is a page turner that you won’t want to put down, so clear your calendar for another exciting adventure with Sam Parker, PI.

- Lisa Beach, Business Owner/Educator



Malicious Secrets, the second in the Sam Parker Mystery Series, is smart, sexy, funny, and exciting.  It’s a page turner that will keep you guessing and anxious to see what’s next and you’ll be extremely entertained throughout.  Couldn’t put it down!!  It’s a real winner, a must read.

                                                                                                                         Andrea Tomes



Malicious Secrets is a page turner from start to finish that I promise will keep you vastly entertained. I found Samantha Parker’s character to be both engaging and charming. I am eager to read more about her in the near future and discover where the next novel may lead. The Malicious series is addicting and gratifying. Maria Pease is a hilarious author who delivers an outstanding murder mystery which is based in her home town of Temecula, California. Her writing style is filled with tons of suspense, wittiness and adventure. I guarantee you that this is a must read and Maria Pease will be one of your preferred authors too!

- Christine Lowry Teskoski;

Educator; Temecula, California.


If you thought Temecula, California was all about wine and cowboys…you’d be wrong. Strap in for the newest page turner from Maria Pease. PI Sam Parker is a little bit like the girl next door and a little like Stephanie Plum… in a PG kinda way. She’s a wiseass, she’s stubborn, and she’s reckless. Lucky for her womanizing boss, Frank and the people of Southern California, she’s also a very good PI.

While questioning the parents of a missing Temecula college girl, Sam senses that they’re holding something back, that there’s more to the story. And is there ever! The investigation takes some very interesting twists and turns as the story unfolds, revealing secrets, lies, friendships, cults, cover-ups, suicide, jealousy, alternative lifestyles, denial and murder. Did I leave anything out? Be prepared to stay up past your bedtime. Some questions can’t wait until morning for answers. I guarantee you will never think of this sleepy California town, or your own, the same way ever again!

 - Deborah Brischler, Business Owner


About the Author

Maria Pease is a writer originally from Long Island, N.Y. She lives in Temecula, California with her husband, Scott, and her children, Steven and Ali. Malicious Secrets is the second book in the Samantha Parker Mystery Series.


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