"The Awful Truth About Dead Men? Can't Tell you -- the truth is just too awful. Besides, it would spoil you fun reading Stow author Terry Sykes-Bradshaw's lighthearted murder mystery."


"The Awful Truth has a twinkly humor and an inherent danger -- that of reading about the unbelievable quanitiy of crab puffs, mini muffins and umbrella drinks the ladies consume."

The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

June 7, 2009

"This book, written by first-time and local author (Stow, Ohio) Terry Sykes-Bradshaw is a hoot!"
"Fantastic! I cannot wait for the next book in the Kate Kelly series."
Amy's Goodreads
"When five women take to the seas on a private boat with a hunky captain, you know you're in for a wild ride...and you're in good hands with Terry Sykes-Bradshaw as your storyteller.  Awful Truth serves up suspense and a ton of laughs in a style that reminds me of Erma Bombeck."
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Reader's Buzz

"I absolutely loved it!
You really make me there.  I like the way you have mostly short chapters too.  I can take a sip and savor it, think about it a while or I can take a big gulp.
I enjoyed the book so much I almost did not want it to end.  Yet I had to know what happened.  I like the characters in the book too.  Characters I can really care about.  That is important to me."
Joyce Painley - Stow, OH
"I really enjoyed "Awful Truth."  My favorite elements all blended together, humor, light-heartedness, murder, intrigue, food relaxation, food...Who could ask for more?!  And when I turned the last page, I felt like I had just ended a great trip...I didn't want it to end."
Joe Tkalec - Akron, OH
"Most superb!!  I finished the book last Sunday...definitely a book that was difficult to put down!
I absolutely loved the book!  I can't wait to read your next endeavor."
Cheryl Malinowski - Niles, MI
"Loved the book!  I could actually hear your voice as I was reading it.  I liked the way you tidied up the story in the last few chapters.  It really had me guessing.  Also my mouth kept watering with the descriptions of conch fritters, and Martha's recipes.  I think Sue Grafton may have some competition."
Juanita Olson - Berrien Springs, MI
"I finished a few days ago, just now taking a minute to tell you how really good it was!  Great twist at the end.  I always like a story that delivers justice to those deserving it.  I also like the reminders (with your food descriptions) of previous cruises I've been on.  You're obviously well versed on the subject.  In my humble opinion your narrative style is really impressive."
Tom Klein - Plainwell, MI
"I loved, loved, loved your book.  You did a fabulous job.  How fun to read it.  Although it did make me hungry."
Maury Reed
"I was hooked!  I just finished it this morning, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  You are a very talented writer and I can't wait to read your next book!"
Kerri Black - Fort Myers, FL
"I'm laughing on the exercise bike.  It was a fun read."
Karen Beck - Kent, Ohio