Book #1 A Killing In the Hills. When you're the county's prosecuting attorney, phone calls before dawn and calls from the sheriff are rarely good news. So when Bell Elkins picks up the phone she already knows she won't like what she's about to hear. 16-year-old Lucinda Trimble's pregnant body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River, and she didn't drown. With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough. But that's not all Bell is coping with. Her daughter is now living with her ex-husband. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, her closest friend, is behaving oddly. Searching for the truth, both behind Lucinda's murder and behind her own complicated relationships, will lead Bell down a path that will put her life at risk.