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by Michael E. Petrie

This exciting legal/murder/mystery -- written by an attorney & inspired by real life cases -- has already garnered GREAT REVIEWS! Below are just a few:

ABC News - Emmy Award winning producer Greg Dobbs of Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20 says, "Michael E. Petrie writes with authenticity that other authors fail to capture. He knows the people, he knows the scene, he knows the life he writes about!"

CBS News - Emmy Award winning journalist David Henderson says, "In praise of Michael E. Petrie ... Long ago I learned to recognize exceptional writing talent. Michael Petrie is squarely in that category. He has that creative writing gift of seeing the world about him through a special lens of perspective that bring his words alive. He has the storytelling ability to place the reader into the moment, making us feel as though we are there. His writing is entertaining, articulate, fast-paced, & just plain fun to read!"

Buzz Book Review - "This author's style is fast-paced, witty, funny, light & easy. YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE I CAN TRUST by Michael E. Petrie is a real page-turner, I read it cover-to-cover in a single weekend. As advertised, it kept me entertained and guessing right to the final page. I'm told the story is based upon actual events and legal cases of the author/attorney. If that's true, I can hardly wait to read his next book: I'm already a fan!"

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South Bay Review - "You're The Only One I Can Trust is an ideal summertime who-dun-it, taking readers straight to the beach, aboard sailing yachts and to tropical islands, searching for clues, with just a touch of kink and unrequited love thrown in. This sardonic, jovial homage to the legal/mystery genre should be on everyone's summer reading list."

Kimberley Cameron, well-known literary agent and book critic with offices in Paris & San Francisco says, "You're the Only One I Can Trust is a very accomplished work by a fine writer."

Author Lon Schleining says, "Michael E. Petrie has the rare combination of writing talent, dogged research, and enviable gift for story telling ... but his real contribution to readers is writing based on following the facts wherever they lead. Lucky for us we get to ride along."

Sandy Cloud says, Preparing your summer reading list? Put this one at the top. I loved it! 5 stars out of 5 stars.”

Laguna Beach Books says, "Amazing!"

Ardath Weaver, Director North Carolina Arts Council and editorial board member of several national publications says, "So impressive! I give this book Five Stars!"


And readers from all over America, Canada and as far away as Barcelona, Spain agree!

Here's what readers just like you are saying about YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE I CAN TRUST

Cheryl Grosrenaud Mills, Dixon, Illinois - Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home - says, "YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE I CAN TRUST is the first mystery book written by Michael E. Petrie and I have to tell you all that this is A VERY GOOD READ! I hope you buy the book and enjoy reading it."

Thomas Emero - attorney - Bangor, Maine gives it a perfect 5 stars and says, “You're the Only One I Can Trust is lots of fun and it has it all. Suspense, sex, mystery, lust and greed disguised under a warm blanket of Southern California sunshine. In addition, the story is not without meaning and there are subtle philosophical undertones which should also strike a cord with most readers.  I have read many of the mystery and suspense books of the day written by the big named authors. They have a mass produced feel and since the author manages to produce at least one book a year we all know there is an army of support behind it. Well, this book has much more of a home grown feel, making it taste a lot better. The author does not try to impress you with in-depth understanding of some branch of the military or little known weapons system. Instead he uses very real life characters in a realistic story line to weave a intriguing tale well worth the time and the few bucks. You will enjoy it.”

Michael Goodwin - actor - Los Angeles, California says, "Terrific! Even if you're not an avid reader or have not read a book in awhile, this is the one to read."

JP Ruyle, Temecula, California, says, "... A really good read ... fun and imaginative, and just the right amount of raunchy. You can feel the author's love of the ocean. I like the chronology of how he pieced it all together, creative!"

Tricia Farris, San Diego, California, says, "I am an avid reader, reading about a book a week. I read You're the Only One I can Trust in two days. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed it! The story line and locations in the book were fascinating. The twists and turns had me guessing until the end. And I fell in love with the characters. I could totally see a series revolving around Ben, the central character, with him getting involved in future interesting cases."

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Dana Too, Dana Point, California, says, "REALLY GOOD! And I don't give out such praise easily or often. I consider myself a pretty avid reader, but with You're the Only One I can Trust I genuinely could not put it down. The story line kept things moving at a very fast pace, with plot twists that kept me guessing right to the end. Every book description promises you that, but this one delivered. The story and locations in the book were fun and the characters really interesting. I hope there's a sequel because these characters are too good to never hear from again and I love the way this author writes. I absolutely recommend this book ... a great read!"

Jennifer Samuel Shakir, Aurora, Illinois, says, "Read about 60 pages yesterday evening and a few more this morning. Great!!! Really enjoying it. The book is terrific!"

Marc Griffin, Austin, Texas, says, "Liked it. Entertaining. In fact, most entertaining book I've read in a long while. Quick paced short chapters with interesting characters and, tho written by a lawyer, only minimal legalese. Reminiscent of a A West Coast Elmore Leonard."

Jesse T. - attorney - San Diego, California, says, "I really enjoyed this book and congratulations to the author on a really great first novel! I am involved in a monthly book club and will certainly pass this book along to my fellow readers for them to enjoy as well!"

Robert Pessell, West Hills, CA says, “Read this book while on the beach in Cabo and really enjoyed it. I especially liked the way the story closed in a rather non-traditional way. I hope this is the first of a trilogy.”

Bilenda Harris-Ritter - attorney - Little Rock, Arkansas, says, "...great story line. My Junior League Book Club wants this author to come discuss the book, please put us on your itinerary."

Dr. David Edwards - pathologist - Olympia, Washington, says, "Entertaining!"

Karen G. Barton, Edisto Beach, South Carolina, says, “I read You're The Only One I Can Trust ...twice! Great read. Got another one in the works?”

Nonie Conroy Babula, Warrenville, Illinois, says, “Quirky twists .... The characters kept intriguing until the end. I love to read and this author’s ability to turn a phrase is a gift to readers.”

Phil Burnside - photojournalist - Sussex, Wisconsin, says,  “5 Stars ... outstanding plotting, structure and quality of writing....”

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Lorraine Rian, San Diego, California, says, "I really liked this book. A really good story with an ending I did not see coming."

Jim Swanson, El Cajon, California, says, “I am very pleased that I purchased this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was able to visualize the settings throughout the book. The characters were very believable and the ending was unexpected. I usually enjoy reading Grisham, Clancy, Flynn, Ludlum, etc, but I am glad I tried this author and will look forward to his next book.”

Yanik Gozlan, Murrieta, California, says, "I really liked this book a lot. A fun read. Short, quick chapters, interesting characters, a lovesick hero, exotic locales, morality struggles, and a surprise ending that I truly did not anticipate."

Connie Thompson Julien, Houghton, Michigan, says, “Best book I’ve read all year!”

Nancy A. Colella, San Diego, California says, “My Mom read this book first and she told me how much she enjoyed it.  I finished it in 1 week, which for me is quick. I typically do not have much time to read, but I could not put it down.  It was so good and the finish was very surprising.” 

Dr. Lara Valdes, Austin, Texas, says, "From beginning to end it was a fun ride, with characters that are...interesting to say the least. Just when you think you have the mystery figured out, the story changes, and characters start divulging the myriad skeletons hiding in Oh so many closets. The author (who happens to also be a lawyer) is a wonderful wordsmith...writing with fluent expression. I highly recommend this quick and smart read. But be warned...by the last 1/3 of the book, I was sacrificing precious sleep on this page turner...could not put it down!!!"

Daine Nape, Ormond Beach, Florida says, "Thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to this author's next one."

Myra Penn, San Diego, California, says, "5.0 out of 5 stars. Loved this book! I'm not a particularly big fan of murder mysteries, but a friend told me how much she liked this book, so I decided to give it a try. And I'm so very glad I did. Much more than just a murder mystery, it's a love story, a story about a group of people reaching a certain age and point in their lives ...This is the best book I've read all year .... and I read around a book a month. I highly and unabashedly recommend this book and this author. The writing style is quick, witty, humorous and riveting. I read the entire book in a single weekend .... then read it again a few weeks later because it was so much fun. With the second reading, I spotted little nuances that had escaped me the first time. Loved the really fascinating characters in this story and the interesting places where the story took me. I especially loved the women in this story and was so impressed that a male author could conjure up such interesting, dynamic, and real female characters. The plot twists kept me guessing right to the end. Just when I thought I'd figured it all out, there would be an unexpected twist that I just did not see coming. Also, the story ends in a rather unconventional way that I really liked a lot. A great read. Actually, this story would make a really great movie!! Until then, I anxiously await this author's next book."

Gail Powell says "Plot twists abound!!  Plot twists, interesting characters and settings make this a very enjoyable mystery!! Look forward to reading other books written by this author!!"

Lenore Burkhardt Becker, St. Louis. MO, says "It caught my attention right away with the plot and the characters are very engaging. I like Petrie's writing style." 

Anonymous Amazon Customer says, "5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was intrigued with the unique characters and interesting plot. And the author's descriptive writing talent brought the beautiful scenery of Southern California come alive. I look forward to Michael E. Petrie's future books. He is definitely a new author worth following."

Mike Gavin, Barcelona, Spain gives it “4 stars out of a perfect 5.”

Wendy Reichental Shade, Montreal, Canada, says, "I would definitely recommend this book, a quick and fun read! I don’t normally choose mystery murders but was sold on the prospect that the story takes place in sunny California and Hawaii. I found it to be an enjoyable read, filled with many plot twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the end. And because the author of the book is a lawyer, I appreciated the legal authenticity that filled the pages, well written and executed.

Also, as a woman of a certain age, I want to give kudos to the author for writing about a male character who, at middle age, does not go chasing a much younger woman but finds delight and attraction with a similarly aged woman. This to me is a much appreciated twist."


YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE I CAN TRUST, by Michael E. Petrie, is available at LAGUNA BEACH BOOKS, Amazon.com and all major book stores. 

Available at Amazon & All Major Book Stores.

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