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Mystery-Fan-Turned-Author Donna J. Thompson Has Her Second Book “Lost Causes” Displayed at the L.A. Times Festival of Books

Donna J. Thompson is a fan of both mystery novels and the knack for observing people that she has gotten from them. In recent years, she has finally taken her passion a step further by becoming a published author with her own mystery series! Her second book, “Lost Causes: Silent Scream,” was exhibited at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023.

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“From the first chapter, Ms. Thompson begins to spin a tale of deception, conspiracy, and murder. She uses such detail in her characters and their surroundings that you feel as if you are a spectator to the action.” – Literary R&R

Mystery novels and thrillers have been a staple in literature long before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes. It is not surprising that many exhibits at the 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books featured the latest publications in the genre. From noir crime thrillers to Victorian-era intrigues and more, the festival was a great avenue for both fans and new authors in the genre.

Donna J. Thompson just happens to be one of both!

A reader-turned-writer, Thompson has a deep appreciation for the art of storytelling and loves the complex characters they created. She herself has used her own skills of observing others to inform her writing. Her second book, “Lost Causes: Silent Scream,” was exhibited at the festival by ReadersMagnet, a self-publishing and book marketing company.

“Lost Causes” is actually the sequel to her first book. But like many mystery novels, it can still be enjoyed as a standalone story. The plot initially follows Casey West, a psychologist sent to work at an innocuous mental health institution named Lakeview.

However, she quickly learns that nothing is what it seems. The plot thickens when her friend, a nurse named Trudy, is brutally murdered. She then turns to Detective Karl Larkin, the main protagonist in Thompson’s ongoing series.

Like many of the local residents, Karl is initially skeptical about Casey’s claims, but Trudy’s ghastly death and Lakeview’s mismatched testimony shake even his previous convictions. Together, will this unlikely pair unravel Lakeview’s sordid web and find the truth?

Thompson certainly employs all the well-known narrative tricks and plot twists that have had readers follow the story to the end.

“Lost Causes: Silent Scream” is still available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the ReadersMagnet online bookstore. Updates on Donna J. Thompson’s next novel are also available on her website at

“Lost Causes: Silent Scream”
Author | Donna J. Thompson
Published date | December 21, 2022
Publisher | ReadersMagnet LLC
Genre | Mystery

Author Bio
Donna J.Thompson is a reader turned writer. Everyone has a story and her observation of people helps her write about complex characters and make them come alive on her pages.This is her second book in the series, but the story can stand on its own. For a more drawn out description of Larkin and his crew you can purchase her first novel Plot Twist.

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