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Archie Sheridan/ Gretchen Lowell Books In Order

Publication Order of Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell Books

Heartsick (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweetheart (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil At Heart (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Season (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let Me Go (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

This series brings some of the most popular books in USA, and every new book in the series is highlighted in the New York Times, since it is a hot piece of news for many. The series feature two major characters, Archie Sheridan, the protagonist and Gretchen Lowell, the villain. The character of the two is professionally intertwined by the author, creating an alluring series that has become a must-read to many who come across it.

Archie Sheridan

Archie Sheridan, the series protagonist, is a homicide detective in Portland. In the series, he first deals with murders committed by Gretchen Lowell. He finds it difficult to track down the serial killer, who leaves her victims in a gruesome and pathetic condition.

Sheridan, having a passion for his profession, puts apart other important personal activities such as his birthday and holidays to ensure that he gets hold of Gretchen. Though selfless, getting Gretchen still proves difficult.

The detective is attracted to Gretchen and finally finds it difficult to deal with her crimes, due to the charms and beauty of the serial killer, which leaves the poor detective daydreaming. This weakness of the detective gives Gretchen an opportunity to be the first to attack Sheridan, leading him into a series of inhuman tortures in addition to humiliation.

When Gretchen finally releases the detective alive and hands herself over to the security forces in Portland, this leaves the detective in questions. His investigative and anxious character leads him to questioning himself, and finally visiting Gretchen to seek for the answer of why she never killed him yet handing herself in.

The detective regains his motivation to work as a police officer in order to curb crime, successfully overcoming the charm that he always finds in the serial killer. He gets back his real self, which ensures that he is committed and fully dedicated to protecting the nation from murders, while finding justice for already committed homicides.

The hero soon stumbles on more serial murders, where the killer leaves the victim gagged, skinned and hanging on his wrists on a tree in public places, yet he escapes unnoticed. Sheridan tries his best and uses his expertise and natural investigative talent to get the serial killer, before more murders are witnessed in the country. The detective is even smart enough not to dismiss Gretchen’s claims of having deeper knowledge about the murders. He gets great leads to the murder and is about to get the big secret behind the murders.

However, unluckily for the determined detective, he is caught unawares and held captive for the second time by a serial killer. Though this time his chances of survival seem to be slim, the character built by the author on the detective leaves high hopes that he will either be rescued or get a way of escaping from the killer’s prison.

Gretchen Lowell

Commonly known as the Beauty Killer, Gretchen Lowell, initially worked in the police force with Sheridan. She later turns to serial killing as a hobby, and she takes pleasure in her actions. She even has a serial killer trademark of a heart.

She is cunning enough to dodge the police, especially the detective who is on her, Archie Sheridan. This she does using various techniques, such as wearing face masks common with robbers and murderers when she is working on her victims. She also changes this and puts on a blond wig, which changes her appearance completely. Being a lady, she is able to wear make-up that completely disguises her. Anyway, with her outstanding beauty, no one would be daring enough to brand her as a killer.

Having worked in a police department, the serial killer is a professional and experienced at the techniques used by the police and the FBI to curb criminal cases, using this knowledge to her advantage. This is the same skill that she later used to get Sheridan to be one of her captives.

She is a creative thinker, with the skill great enough to get her out of a jail with maximum security several times and still continue with her hideous activities. She is also a charming woman, with the natural beauty that most men find a problem resisting attraction from. She uses her adorable features to blind the people, both the public and the police and does her gruesome activities comfortably. This aspect also see her make the detective on her case, Sheridan, to be a bit shaken off when undertaking the investigations, sometimes finding himself in fantasy on sexual experience with the Beauty Killer.

She is an independent and brave woman, relying on her own brain and physical energy to carry out any murder that she targets. She bits the rules of femininity, which dictate that women should be timid, while using the femininity that nature offered her to complete her mission.

She is ruthless and not worth being in the human race. As developed, she does not have a second thought when dealing with her victims, and it takes people by surprise when she finally turns herself in for sentence. This was a great twist of the storyline, as everyone else would have expected her to feel free after putting the Sheridan through a traumatizing experience that would have successfully acted as a threat.

It is further surprising to realize that the Beauty Killer finally shows a tinge of humanity when she offers to help Sheridan with the murder case that happened just after she turned herself in.

Gretchen is one of the most heartless people you might have come across even in book and movie characters, yet you will be surprised to find out that there are people who found her a celebrity, not surprising because she was always on the cover page of magazines and newspapers. You find it more devastating when the Portland Herald reporter, Susan Ward finds out that there has even been a bizarre fan club that is in memory of the number of days that the villain was able to escape the police.


Archie and Gretchen character has been brought out in the most mesmerizing manner, giving a real picture of the person of each.

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