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Leslie Tentler is an American award-winning author of mystery, suspense and contemporary romantic thriller novels.

Prior to following her dreams of becoming a fiction writer, Leslie served in the public relations sector as a writer and editor for close to twenty years.

It proved to be the right decision for her, as her first manuscript won multiple Romance Writers of America chapter contest awards, as well as the distinguished Maggie Award of Excellence.

Originally from Kingsport, Tennessee, Leslie has always been passionate about reading.

Although she first began with her mom’s Nancy Drew novels way earlier than she should, Leslie switched to contemporary romantic thrillers as she grew older—the kind of genre that she writes today.

A member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Leslie currently lives in Atlanta with Robert, her husband, and their standard poodle, Tori.

More about Leslie Tentler

Genres: Contemporary , Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Suspense Romance, Thriller

United States


Non Series

  • Fallen (2014)

Chasing Evil Trilogy

  1. Midnight Caller (2011)
  2. Midnight Fear (2011)
  3. Edge of Midnight (2012)


  1. Cold Season (2020)

Rarity Cove

  1. Before the Storm (2015)
  2. Low Tide (2017)
  3. In Dark Water (2019)
Non Series

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Amid a sultry Atlanta summer, someone is targeting police…

The investigation becomes personal for APD Detective Ryan Winter when a colleague and friend is shot dead, the second victim in just weeks. But even as he finds himself being drawn into the tense hunt for a serial cop killer, he is forced to re-examine his own shattering personal tragedy.

An ER physician at Atlanta’s busy Mercy Hospital, Dr. Lydia Costa is no stranger to suffering. Still, the recent police slayings reopen barely healed wounds—and bring her face-to-face with her ex-husband, Ryan Winter.

As the body count rises and paranoia tightens its grip on the police force, Lydia and Ryan are pulled together by circumstances and fate…causing old passions to reignite despite their painful shared past. But as Ryan moves closer to discovering the killer’s identity, someone is watching, placing both him and Lydia in mortal danger.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0990639008
Publisher: Left Field Press

Chasing Evil Trilogy

Midnight Caller

Late-night radio-show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies who call in to rage from the back alleys of the French Quarter and the shadows of the bayou. But one caller's chilling obsession with her and her long-ago murdered mother—an iconic singer beloved among the city's Goth community—has even the jaded Rain running scared as a sadistic serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans.

FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced her midnight caller and the killer are one and the same. As it becomes disturbingly clear that the Vampire has a sick bloodlust only Rain can satisfy, she allows Trevor to get closer and closer. But he soon discovers that his secretive past and troubled present are intertwined—and that he may die trying to keep Rain's fate out of a madman's control.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0778329343
Publisher: MIRA
Midnight Fear

The still of the night is once again shattered by Caitlyn Cahill's recurring nightmare—her brother standing before her, gripping a butcher knife, his eyes black with hatred. Two years ago, the former Washington, D.C., socialite defied her powerful senator father and risked the ruin of her family by helping the FBI link her troubled brother to a string of horrific murders. "The Capital Killer" was sent to prison for life…and Caitlyn's entire world fell apart.

Now, FBI agent Reid Novak is forced to rend the peace Caitlyn has found on a rural Virginia horse farm. A copycat killer is on the loose and slowly toying with Caitlyn—his ultimate target—in a terrorizing cat–and–mouse game. Almost destroyed two years ago by Caitlyn's family, not to mention the Capital Killer's haunting final murder, Reid vows to save the woman he's never forgotten or die trying.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0778312468
Publisher: MIRA
Edge of Midnight

The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach—bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer. After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped—and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.

FBI agent Eric MacFarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession…and Mia holds the key. She'll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0778313137
Publisher: MIRA


Cold Season

“He called, Matt. It was him.”

When Lainie Childers receives a phone call from her ex-husband once believed to be dead, she calls Asheville Police Detective Matt Reyes for help.

Matt has a long history with Lainie’s ex, Cody, beginning with their being friends since childhood. But that was before Cody began his slow unraveling that ended in a murder and him faking his own death to elude prison. Matt has been on the hunt for Cody ever since.

It also turns out Matt has been carrying a torch for Lainie for nearly as long as he’s known Cody…something the possessive Cody knows too.

When a love triangle involves a gun, who will be left alive?

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B088758TNS
Publisher: Left Field Press

Rarity Cove

Before the Storm

Six years earlier, Trina Grissom disappeared, on the run for her life. Now living under an assumed identity—as Samantha Marsh—she still struggles with the dark secret she harbors and the fear she might one day be found. When she moves to the coastal town of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to open a café, a handsome widower begins to chip away at the walls she’s built to protect herself.

Mark St. Clair lost his wife two years ago in a tragic accident. Head of the grand St. Clair resort, he distracts himself from his lingering grief by running the family business and caring for his troubled young daughter...until a beautiful restaurateur sets up shop in town. Before meeting Samantha, Mark was convinced he could never be drawn to another woman. But as his attraction to Samantha grows, the mystery surrounding her deepens.

As the two begin a hesitant courtship, double perils emerge. Someone from Samantha’s lurid past comes calling, threatening to expose her. And a powerful hurricane is forming in the Atlantic with the small beach town in its path. Trapped in the storm by the brutal man who wants vengeance on Samantha, she and Mark must fight for their lives.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0990639039
Publisher: Left Field Press
Low Tide

Hollywood leading man Carter St. Clair had it all—until a brutal stalker attack nearly takes his life. Seriously injured, he returns to his hometown of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to recover in private, his outlook on fame forever changed by someone claiming to be his “number-one fan.”

Physical therapist Quinn Reese fled San Francisco to be free of her soon-to-be ex-husband, professional football player Jake Medero. Staying at her mother’s house in Rarity Cove seems like her only option until she can get back on her feet financially. When the St. Clair family makes her a lucrative offer of employment, Quinn sees the potential for starting over, even if it means working with Carter, who broke her heart years ago.

As Carter heals under Quinn’s care, a fragile bond forms between them. Carter also recognizes a parallel between his own stalker and the possessive pro baller who considers Quinn his property. But even as Carter steps into the role of Quinn’s protector, another dangerous storm is brewing…one for which neither of them is prepared.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0990639060
Publisher: Left Field Press
In Dark Water

One year after the tragic loss of her husband, Mercer Leighton returns home to Rarity Cove to be near family and resume her former job at the St. Clair resort. Feeling adrift in life, what she doesn’t count on is being witness to a double murder in nearby Charleston’s French Quarter.

Charleston Homicide Detective Noah Ford is no stranger to the dark, violent side of humanity. Nor is he happy about the lone eyewitness in his investigation being part of one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s most prominent families. However, when an attempt is made on the beautiful widow’s life, Noah vows to protect her.

As it becomes increasingly clear that the killer will stop at nothing to eliminate the witness, Noah also begins to suspect the presence of a traitor in his own department. After a stunning betrayal, he is forced to take Mercer into hiding to keep her alive. As the two fight for survival, they also fight the simmering attraction between them.

But the killer is out there, and he refuses to give up.

Author: Leslie Tentler
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1733572620
Publisher: Left Field Press