Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Very Special Type of Read

I highly recommend this full-length, full-bodied, inspiring story of love, life, and death. Be sure to have the tissues handy for some scenes and be prepared to laugh out loud at others. An emotional read that covers both highs and lows, but leaves the reader with a smile and a satisfied sigh at the end. 

No Greater Love
by Kinzie Monroe

Attorney Kirby Shelton has met a lot of wackos in her life. But the computer software queen, Leah Dalton, takes the prize. Leah, facing a losing battle with cancer, comes to Kirby with a plan to end her life on her terms. Leah invites Kirby and five of her closest friends to her estate, and offers to make one of them a multi-millionaire. All they have to do is kill her. Will they do it? 

Published: Jul. 07, 2010
Words: 82514 (approximate)
Content: PG15 -Contains Themes Dealing with Death
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“It’s a pleasure to meet you Miss. Dalton. My secretary loves your new office software. She says it’s much simpler and less time consuming.”
“Thank you.” Dalton Software’s latest brainchild had been another great success.
Kirby took a seat behind the large oak desk. “So what can I do for you?”
Good, let’s get right to the point. Leah already liked the woman. “I’d like you to help find someone to kill me.”
Kirby’s eyes widened. “Excuse me?”
Leah smiled. “You heard correctly. I want you to help find someone to end my life.”
“You must be joking. I’m an attorney. I…”
“I’m well aware of who you are. I’ve spent the last two months and a considerable amount of money to find the right person to help me, and you are that person.”
“I’m afraid you’ve wasted both your time and money then, because whatever you have on your mind I don’t want any part of it.”
Leah watched her get up and walk past her toward the door. This consultation was well on its way to being the shortest she ever had. “When your father was eaten up with cancer and you took him into your home to care for him, didn’t you ever wish there was something, anything you could do to end his suffering?”
“How do you know about my father?”
Leah turned in the chair to face the young attorney. “I know just about all there is to know about you, Kirby. You don’t mind if I call you, Kirby, do you?” When she didn’t answer, Leah continued. “You would have graduated in the top ten percent of your class at the University of Washington School of Law had you not taken off a year to care for your father, Bill. You moved here two years ago, leaving behind a husband of six years named Darrel. During the divorce settlement he got the law firm you were partners in, and you got squat. You’ve no children, and not much of a social life aside from some intriguing outdoor activities. Shall I continue?”
“No. I’m sure your private detectives were very thorough.” Kirby folded her arms across her body, her eyes leveling on Leah. “I take it you’ve been diagnosed with terminal cancer.”
“Six months ago. And unlike your father, I’m not a brave person. Not only do I have a low threshold for pain, I can’t stand the sight of needles.”
“I’m sorry for your situation, but there’s nothing I can do to help. Even if I did know where to find the type of person who would kill you, I wouldn’t for a number of reasons.”
Leah’s eyes steadied on the woman who now sat beside her. She was somewhat taken back by the compassion in her eyes. “I’m having five old friends join me for a week at my estate. All you have to do is help me choose the right one to complete the task. You will be generously compensated for your part.”
Kirby laughed. “You’re nuts, lady. If these are really your friends, what makes you think one of them would be willing to kill you?”
“Because I intend to make them an offer they can’t refuse. One of them, whom ever we choose, will walk away with three hundred million dollars.”


  1. This book sounds intriguing. What a great excerpt, touching on emotionally investing themes. Best wishes on the work, Kinzie, and thanks, Rebecca, for posting this.

  2. This has to be a good tale with such a shocking beginning. The amount of money offered would tempt almost anyone, wouldn't it? But would you....???
    I've never heard of a plot like this. It's very creative and clever.
    Congratulations and goodluck with sales! Celia

  3. Hi Evie and Celia,
    This was an emotional roller coaster of a book. Kinzie did a fantastic job, I thought. And if I, or my mom, or my husband were suffering unbearable and terminal pain, I'm not sure what the merciful answer would be, never mind the money. I always pray the Lord never lets me find out. But the resolution in the book was very well plotted and the right one in the end. I can't say more without giving it away.

  4. Hi Kinzie and Rebecca,

    This looks like a great read. It makes you think, "What would I do?" and I like books that do that. I'm sure it was very hard to write, Kinzie! Very different, for sure--I've never heard of anything like this. You know I am going to HAVE to read it now! LOL


  5. You're right, Cheryl. This was a difficult one to write, but I'm so glad I did.

    Having watched three close family member die from cancer prior to writing this book, I know how powerless a person feels and how trying it is to one's faith to watch someone fade from your life.

    Many of the lessons the Lord taught me come through in this book and I do hope and pray people will benifit from the story.

    Thanks for all the great comments!

  6. What a truly powerful excerpt. The dilemas and conflict already thrown up ensures this will go to the top of my wish list.
    I live in the UK, and many peolpe -with family co-operation arrange for the sufferer of whatever condition to go to a clinic in Switzerland as euthenasia is illegal in this country.
    But.. the conflict that intrigues me with your book is, how will the 'killer' avoid going to jail for murder?
    Thanks for sharing one of the most pwoerful excerpt I've ever read.

  7. I have to read this book - love the excerpt. I hope No Greater Love does great in sales!

  8. Hi Cheryl, Sherry, and Diane,
    So glad you dropped by. The entire book is powerful and shares a definite message. I am sure so many families, friends, and people have faced a similar situation, many without the financial means to cope.

    It is a hard decision to make. When are expensive and painful treatments too much to bear? And who decides? When does the fight to live become overpowered by the right to die with dignity?
    A definite quandary.

    This was a heart-wrenching book, but a wonderful read.


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