A Place to Call Home

Susan O’Neil, young, single entrepreneur and owner of her own computer consulting business, is shocked to discover runaways Cassie and Ellie eating out of her trash. Thus begins a dangerous journey, both figuratively and literally, for Susan, the children, and childhood friend and undercover FBI agent, Jim Russell. Racing against the clock to find the true paternity of the supposed orphans pits Susan and Jim against a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to protect his empire. From the Baltimore City Government to the Caribbean Islands and the Las Vegas Casinos, the unearthed secrets about Cassie and Ellie’s past threaten all of their futures.

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Awards and Praise for A Place to Call Home

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Great Read

“I loved reading “A Place to Call Home”! The plot unfolds enticingly slowly, making it hard to put the book down. Ms. Schisler has crafted a modern setting with believable characters and excellent dialogue, and I’m now waiting impatiently for her next book to come out.” —Faye C. Graff, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars

Must read

“Amy keeps you under suspense, it’s very hard to put the book down. There are absolutely no slow spots in this book. Excellent writing.” —Ron Hunter, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars

Wonderful book. Well written

“Wonderful book. Well written. Appreciated the lack of profanity and sex. Enjoyed the excellent murder mystery with the who-dun-it left right to the end.” —Robert W. Muir, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars

A MUST read!

“I really enjoyed this book. It is easy identify with the characters. The story grabs you from the first few pages and you are hooked until the end. The author, Amy Schisler, has written a fantastic novel about friendship, family, and love. A MUST read!!” —Monica C. Kreck, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars

Promising Debut Novel

“A Place to Call Home is the debut thriller of Maryland author Amy Schisler. In striking contrast to the quaintness of the Eastern Shore where the story is set, the book deals with corruption and crime in government circles, particularly the scourge of human trafficking. The heroine, Susan O’Neil, finds two small children picking through her garbage for food. She takes them in, and before long her life is in danger. She finds herself thrown into the company of officer Jim Russell, an old flame of her youth, and together they and the two hunted children embark on an odyssey of peril and discovery. The novel is coherently written with some believable characters. For any native Marylander, it is fun to read about familiar places in such an adventurous context. Baltimore is the city of iniquity from which the various evildoers sally forth, which is fictional but perhaps not entirely. The latest technology is used to outwit the criminals, as well as common sense and courage. The action begins on the first page and does not end until the ending. I especially like it that the heroine is someone I can respect for her determination to mother and protect the traumatized children, and in that context the hero discovers he is in love with her. Where there are those trying to destroy youth and innocence, there are others who at great cost to themselves are trying to salvage broken lives. It is a novel of hope as well as one of adventure.” —Elena Maria Vidal, 2014