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Skeletons in the basement and closet

        Frank Hopkins has managed to reach back in time to rekindle old hates and awaken fears in his latest novel, Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders. Beauty, skill and toughness in the person of State Police Detective Margaret Hoffman, former U. S. Marine, combine with modern police forensics to solve decades old murders involving the CIA. Threading her way through the trail of skeletons, she falls in love with Paul O'Hare, a retired history professor, who initially discovered the skeletons, only to become a suspect. Follow the trail of mystery, motive and murder that abounded on college campuses of the 1970's. Amazon Customer October 13, 2017



       Abandoned Homes:Vietnam Revenge Murders is a complex murder mystery which holds you captive from the onset. Hopkins' hero begins an unforgettable journey into the unknown with the discovery of a skeleton in an abandoned home. The story unfolds as he works in tandem with the Delaware State Police to ascertain the identity of the victim. It soon becomes clear that the political unrest of the Vietnam War is a pivotal piece of the puzzle.College campuses were a focal point of the peace movement and it was determined that the victim was a student at The University of Maryland during the 1970's. As a witness to the protest of the Vietnam War while attending the University of Maryland in 1970 Hopkins lends a personal aspect to his narrative which is relevant in all of his books. Brimming with twists and turns! A Must Read! Linda D. October 6, 2017


Another good read from Hopkins

      Hopkins shows us his versatility with a murder mystery this time. The story develops when a retired college professor stumbles across a dead body in an abandoned home he's researching. First, he's a suspect by the investigating female state police officer, he then becomes her lover. They follow leads across the Mid-Atlantic states to uncover a long-buried plot that began in the political unrest of the Vietnam War. Each chapter takes the reader deeper into this complex tale of intrigue. W. Kennedy October 21, 2017


Hatred between factions for and against the Vietnam war didn't end when the war did

     In Frank Hopkins’ new murder mystery Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders , a retired history professor pursues an unusual but innocent hobby—investigating and photographing abandoned homes in rural Delaware. His discovery of skeletons in the abandoned homes sets off a search for a serial killer that endangers his life as it reawakens the raging conflicts that took place on college campuses during the Viet Nam war years. C. Ottesen November 17, 2017


 A Mystery on Many Levels

     Frank Hopkins spins a tale that begins one place and takes you to another as the story unfolds. A photographer finds interest in old houses in the countryside where properties are low value and the houses are forgotten and left to decay. He steps on rotten boards exposing a skeleton and discovering the source of a deadly virus. So, we have an outbreak menace story, right? Wrong. As a smart, tough policewoman becomes involved, we have a cold case story about who the skeleton represented and now have a murder mystery. The murderers are alive and remain dangerous. The photographer and the policewoman begin a relationship and you want to know where that goes.

So we have a medical, homicide, love interest mystery that will keep you reading to see what happens next. J. Coppley November 4, 2017


Vietnam arguments turn to murder

    “Wanting to see more of the body, Paul took the flashlight from his carrying case. The strong LED light revealed a full skeleton partially covered with rotted clothes. The irregular bones’ shape could not be a plastic skeleton. He took several photos he thought might interest the police.”

     Thus was started one of the strangest serial killer tales this editor has ever read, one which kept the midnight lights on until the last page.  The twists and turns alone tweaked my brain as in any good story.

    This book provides a blow by blow presentation of the sentiments of the anti-war movement of the 1960–1970 era and the hatred existing many years beyond. Hopkins has a careful method of writing which does not leave out any of the scents and scenes as his protagonist searches for the antagonists. A great romance is started between two wonderful characters and spices the events. It is easily Hopkins’ best novel yet. As a follower of his work, once again in this mystery he gets my attention, this time  with the theme of an unpopular war. As always he leads me thorough an exciting plot to a surprising ending. Thomas Hollyday November 25, 2017






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