Payback, My Third Murder Mystery


A California mountain village explodes with the news of the beheading of a popular mayor. But we’re all such nice people here in our little paradise, aren’t we, people ask?

It’s up to Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Dex Stafford to discover who of all these nice people has a dark motive. The village’s Patrol Officer, Holly Seabright, turns out to be a helpful, and attractive, ally in the dangerous unraveling of this fast-paced story.


By Diana · ★★★★★ · March 15, 2013

Anything written by Mar Preston is good value and Payback is no exception! Holly Seabright, ex-cop now security officer and animal rescuer in a small town high in the mountains, is drawn into a nasty murder investigation when the hands and feet of the victim are found by one of the town children…. …more

By Josh & Bethany · ★★★★★ · April 21, 2013

Very good book! Definitely different from other mysteries I’ve read. Just felt fresher and more complex, but it was still easy to follow. The why was very surprising and I couldn’t wait to find that part out. Would love to read more mysteries featuring Holly and/or Dex! …more

By Marti · ★★★★★ · March 26, 2014

Murder in the mountains. A small, fairly remote mountain town in California, a place where you would think the biggest crime wave would be a couple of breakins at summer cottages, is the scene for this really nifty mystery.

Ok, so let’s see. We’ve got the Security Patrol for the village, we’ve got… …more

By Timya · ★★★★★ · November 28, 2013

Sierra Mountain Village (SMV) seems like the perfect small town. Quaint, peaceful, caring. Looks can be deceiving. The discovery of the town’s mayor’s body….well, most of it…leads to an uncovering of well-kept secrets and petty jealousies that seem to simmer in all small towns. Payback is a g… …more

By Dawnelle · ★★★★★ · May 07, 2013

Payback in a new series written by Mar Preston who has three previous mystery suspense novels set in the Santa Monica Police Department.

Payback is set in a fictional town called Sierra Mountain Village, Preston says, somewhat like the place where she lives in California. In Payback the village r… …more

By Mary · ★★★★★ · May 16, 2014

Payback by Mar Preston was a very good mystery. There was suspense, mystery, twists and turns on every other page. The mystery and suspense was carried out throughout the whole book. I never did figure out who the murderers were, I found out when it was revealed at the end of the book. The charac… …more

By Brandt · ★★★★★ · October 18, 2013

This author knows how to set up a plot. And her characters have great dimension to them so that I feel like I wandered into town as a small-time newspaper reporter and started meeting these people. In Payback (Sierra Mountain Village series) by Mar Preston we are treated to a real mystery after a… …more

By Nicola · ★★★★★ · June 29, 2013

I received a free copy for an honest review from Mar. I really enjoyed reading this book. Great characters and storyline. I can add Mar Preston to my favourite authors along with James Patterson and Lee Child. Great Book can’t wait to read the next chapter in Dex Stafford’s story! …more

By Forest · ★★★★★ · October 23, 2013

I loved this book! A very well written story and a page turner for sure. I read it in two sittings, I didn’t want to put it down, though. I highly recommend this book. It’s a great read for everyone and I will definitely read other stories by this author. Well done! …mor