Claire Marshall’s world crumbled when her husband died in a fire. She’s trying to build a new life - and a business restoring historic houses in New Orleans. When one of her clients is found dead in a burned building, the police suspect her of arson or murder maybe both. No one believes her relationship with the late Frank Palmer was strictly business. After all, he spent his last days telling the world they were in love and planning to marry. Why, Claire can't imagine, nor does she know how to win an argument with a dead man. Determined to clear her name, Claire begins an investigation into Frank's life. What she learns could get her killed.

An emotionally fragile young widow becomes a pawn in a murderous conspiracy...


A Perfect Victim, with a new cover and a lower price, is available as an e-book from  Amazon  and will soon be available from other on-line booksellers. The paperback is available from Amazon and other standard retail outlets. 


The audiobook for A Perfect Victim read by Schatzie Schaefers is now available from Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.  It can be free through Audible (or Amazon) with a free trial membership in Audible.

 2015 Best Mystery

          - EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition)


Complex characters come to life in this suspenseful mystery and you’ll find yourself rooting out loud for Claire. I enjoyed A Perfect Victim and would highly recommend it!
         - Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog  3/11/14:  Five of five stars

A Perfect Victim by Patricia Dusenbury is a novel awash in crime, suspense, and drama.
          - Online Book Club Official Review 10/9/14:  Four of four stars

New Orleans and the Louisiana Bayou is the perfect setting for A Perfect Victim. The mystery here is as deeply layered as the bayou, secrets are hidden, and danger lurks around each bend.
         - Ute Carbone, award-winning author of The Tender Bonds

A PERFECT VICTIM