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Author Lacynda Mathes

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About the Author

Lacynda Mathes is a graduate of Radford University in Radford, VA. She holds a B.A. in English.


She is originally from Oak Grove, VA in Westmoreland County near Colonial Beach. She graduated from Washington and Lee High School, Montross, VA in 1986. She attended Randolph-Macon College, studied abroad at Wroxton College in Oxforshire, England, and ultimately transferred to Radford University, where she completed her degree.


She currently resides in Sterling, IL with her husband. She is the mother to their teenage sons, the eldest with special needs, who has been diagnosed with Lennox Gestaut Syndrome, a catastrophic childhood epilepsy, and severe autism.

Forget Me Not

Author: Lacynda Mathes

Hardback ISBN: 9798877786790

Paperback ISBN: 9798891261402

eBook ISBN: 9798891261419

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense

Release Date 2/14/2024

Finding herself without any memory after awakening the victim of a bizarre crime, Miranda Davis navigates repairing a strained relationship with her mother, coming to terms with her father’s imperfections, falling in love with her brother’s best friend, and grieving the death of her twin brother, while she and Deputy Sheriff Dan Bradley work to solve the mystery of three jewelry boxes and the string of murders that have them at their center.

As she slowly recovers from her amnesia, her memories of her twin brother lead her to the answers and peace she seeks. Meanwhile, Dan must search the recesses of his own lost early memories to confront the truth behind his own tragic history. They discover their lives are inexplicably intertwined with each other and with the life of a Chicago socialite 50 years their senior in a plot that threatens the lives of them all.

Motivated by false pride and greed, the criminals responsible escalate their assaults on anyone and everyone who stands between them and a vast fortune. Unfortunately, Miranda and Dan are squarely in their crosshairs.

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Forgive Me Not

Author: Lacynda Mathes

Hardback ISBN: 9798884900875

Paperback ISBN: 9798891261785

eBook ISBN: 9798891261792

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Holiday

Release Date 3/26/2024

As Christmas approaches, Deb Bradley is compelled to confront the infidelity that destroyed her marriage while she faces the disappearance of her mother during a devastating apartment fire.  In the course of searching the rubble, the city of Batavia, Illinois, is thrown into tragedy as a sniper takes aim and kills Batavia Police Lt. Mark Redmond and two others.  Additionally, another officer is critically wounded, and a neighbor is shot in the leg.  To confuse matters further, someone, likely the same person, is stalking Miranda Davis.  Master Sergeant Gavin Mahoney of the Illinois State Police works with Deputy Dan Bradley to unravel the twists and turns of this case before anyone else dies. As Gavin and Dan dig into the past, they uncover tales of monsters, murder,  patricide, armored truck robbery, missing money, and a few long lost relatives. They race to stop a madman hell bent on revenge and fueled by obsession.  Merry Christmas!

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Forsake Me Not

Author: Lacynda Mathes

Hardback ISBN: 9798326506191

Paperback ISBN: 9798891262188

eBook ISBN: 9798891262195

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release Date 6/3/2024

As Deputy Dan Bradley and his bride-to-be, Miranda Davis, prepare for their wedding day, a new threat to their happiness looms large. The man who raped Miranda in college emerges out of the past to threaten their future together. Seemingly obsessed with Miranda, he kidnaps Dan's son with his ex-wife, Deb.


Meanwhile, Deb Bradley inexplicably finds herself falling in love with Master Sergeant Gavin Mahoney, despite her better judgment.


Dan and Gavin join FBI agent Tom Mathews on a manhunt and in a deadly investigation that leads them from Chicago to Virginia and back again, exposing more of Dan's mysterious past. Along the way, they discover corporate secrets and conspiracies that shape and threaten their lives.


Can a madman destroy them forever? Or will love conquer all?

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Murder and Lyrics

Author: Lacynda Mathes

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release Date to be determined

Gavin Mahoney and Deb Bradley, having committed to their burgeoning relationship move to a new city and state to start a new life together.  Gavin, having been headhunted to teach Criminology at the University of Mary Washington in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, attempts to step away from law enforcement to make his beloved happy, while she insists that she only needs his happiness to achieve that goal.


But unbeknownst to them, out of the past steps a nightmare with an ax to grind, drawing Gavin back to law enforcement when a neighbor's 10 year old son is discovered murdered in their apartment building's dumpster.  Accepting a position with the Fredericksburg Police Department, Gavin embarks on an investigation into a diabolical serial killer known as the Songster...who seems to know a little too much about Gavin Mahoney.

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Author: Lacynda Mathes

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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During an investigation into a school bus hijacking and bombing in Fredericksburg, Gavin Mahoney discovers that his ex-girlfriend has been hiding the existence of his biological son from him over the last six years. Once again, a developing bizarre crime spree appears to be all about him!

Off to a rocky start as a parent, not only to a child he's never met, but to newborn Essie with his wife Deb, attempting to iron out his paternal rights with Shannon, and caught off guard, Gavin is critically wounded in a shooting that leaves him hospitalized and Shannon murdered.

During his convalescence, he is called home to Sterling, Illinois, to attend his Abuelo's funeral. Being home has an odd effect on Gavin. Despite being at home among people who love him, he is haunted by events from his youth and years in the 82nd Army Airborne in Afghanistan.

And when the evil seeking to hurt his child follows them...he and Deb learn that together they can face whatever demons they each need to fight...the hidden inner ones, as well as living, breathing ones, who seek to harm a small child just to hurt his father.

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