HISTORICAL MYSTERIES: Sanctuary Point Series (1940s)

Now Out Of Print, Will Be Re-Released Soon

BURNING HEARTS: Historical Mystery with Romance

Burning Hearts Lg





Readers Fav 5 StarArson/Murder, Action, Romance

Sweet romance, sophisticated themes presented tastefully

Finaled in 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance category


Can a sheltered young seamstress, disillusioned by the horrors of WWII, escape an arsonist/murderer who has killed her employer and mentor, while trying to decide if she can trust the dashing war hero who’s ridden into town on his Harley—who some say is the murderer?

Erica Brogna’s parents doted on her and taught her to think for herself. Many boys she grew up with had fallen in the WWII, shaking her childhood faith. In rides a handsome stranger, at the hour of her most desperate need. A woman who is her close friend and mentor is trapped in a burning house. After making an unsuccessful rescue attempt, Erica stands by as this man rushes into the inferno and carries her friend’s lifeless body out.

Lorne Kincade can’t out run his past on his Harley Davidson WLA, the civilian model of the motorcycle he rode in the war. He’s tried. He’s been a vagabond biker in the year since the war ended. His Uncle Ivar bequeathed him a ramshackle cottage in Sanctuary Point, on the Great South Bay of Long Island, NY and now he’d like to hope for a future again, repair the miniscule place, and settle down. The only problem is, a young woman with hair the color of mink is starting to get under his skin and that’s the last thing he needs.


“Right from the start, BURNING HEARTS captured my imagination and tweaked my curiosity. Nike Chillemi certainly knows how to set a scene and ignite excitement.”  ~~ Athol Dickson: three time Christy Award winning author of LOST MISSION and THE OPPOSITE OF ART

“For her first novel, Nike has done an outstanding job of keeping the storyline moving with all the different characters, crimes, and social and daily activities. Her descriptive language gives you a sense of the era, surrounding scenery, scenarios, area, and emotions. This aspect makes it a very intimate read. Powerfully written with a sense of gentility mixed in. Definitely a 1946-era book. I loved it! Looking forward to her next book!” ~~ Linda W. for Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest, a Five Star Review (see medallion above)

“One of the things I most enjoyed about the story was the romance between Erica and Lorne. They were attracted to each other almost immediately, but were unwilling to act on it… enjoyed reading Burning Hearts. It is an inspirational story full of love and hope. Anyone who loves a good mystery paired with a sweet romance should certainly pick up a copy of BURNING HEARTS.”  ~~ Poinettia: Long and Short Reviews

“The action starts with Chapter One and keeps on going… I loved the way the hero rode in to the rescue on a bike instead of a white horse and turned out to be a true hero in more ways than one. If you’re looking for a clean romance, the couple is young and innocent, and the romance has the flavor of sweet, young love that it is.” ~~ BJ Robinson, author of LAST RESORT, posted at Southern Christian Inspirational Blog

“BURNING HEARTS is much more than what the title implies—romance. It is an arson murder story set in fictional Sanctuary Point, a village on Long Island, New York, during the post World War II era. Readers are swept into this 1940s period by well-researched descriptive prose as debut novelist Nike Chillemi weaves language, foods, businesses, clothes and vehicles to create a vivid step back into the past. This inspirational novel is a guaranteed page-turner…” ~~ Mark Young, Hook ’em and Book ’em Blog

While crime fiction is not my usual genre, I was totally swept up in Nike Chillemi’s debut fiction novel, BURNING HEARTS (Sanctuary Point Book One). It was a gripping murder mystery that left me wondering “Who dunnit’ right up until the last chapters. But besides the mystery and romance of her story, Chillemi’s writing was filled with the delightful lingo, culture, and trends of the post WWII era. Her characters were well developed, especially the war veteran protagonist who tries to be a hero only to end up as a suspect. There are so many great characters in this intriguing book that proves a book written with a Christian worldview can be intense without overstepping a readers’ conservative sensibilities. The most refreshing part was her realistic thread of faith lost and faith renewed throughout the story. Very believable as a story of the age-old dilemma of good vs. evil. A well-written tale that is well worth your time. ~ Elaine Marie Cooper, author of THE PROMISE OF DEER RUN and THE ROAD TO DEER RUN.




Barnes & Noble Nook

Desert Breeze Publishing


GOODBYE NOEL: Historical Christmas/New Year Mystery with Romance

Goodbye Noel 2






Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully



Won the 2011 Grace Awards Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense category

GA Winner BadgeThe first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year (1947), the third goes head long out a window. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?

Pediatric nurse, Katrina Lenart, grew up strong willed and independent minded, while sharing her mother’s flair for high fashion. When the police chief gives her an orphaned baby to care for, her maternal instincts take over and she’s willing to fight anyone who might not have the infant’s best interests at heart, even the man she’s growing to love. After an attempt is made to kidnap the baby, she and the resolute village detective team up and do some sleuthing, undercover at a cult as well as at a fancy ball.

Detective Ian Daltry is a widower with a child and is not interested in a new love. Hunting a killer who stops at nothing has placed him in the position where he must protect a beautiful young woman he’s drawn to. Is there’s something he’s overlooked in analyzing the case? Will he find out what that is before this ruthless murderer kills someone he loves?


Wow! Nike Chillemi knows how to set the hook into readers right from the first page and refuses to let go. Goodbye Noel is a taut thriller, peopled with intriguing characters and crafted by an author at the top of her game. Don’t miss this one ~~ Robert Liparulo, author of The 13th Tribe, Comes a Horseman and The Dreamhouse Kings.




Barnes & Noble/Nook

Desert Breeze Publishing


PERILOUS SHADOWS: Historical Psychological Mystery

PS, Ex Lg




A dead coed/News professionals hunt a killer/Secrets

Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully




Pioneer newspaperwoman Kiera Devane is on a mission to prove a woman can do a man’s job, as she hunts a young coed’s killer? Ace radio broadcaster Argus Nye lost one love to a murderous fiend and his pulse races as he tries to protect Kiera from herself as much as from this killer.

Kiera was doted upon by loving parent, but they were killed when she was a girl and she was shipped off to live with a socialite aunt who had little time for her. In her aunt’s house, she learned life could be cold and cruel. As a result, she grew up to be an independent and demanding professional woman.

Argus Nye, still bereft from the loss of his first love, can’t understand why this female reporter is mesmerizing him. As she takes chances with her life trying to catch a killer, he’s determined to protect her.


Nike Chillemi kicks off her new novel, PERILOUS SHADOWS, with gusto and keeps the action coming. A dead body found in a radio station throws two unlikely people together as they try to figure out what happened to the station’s young intern. The depth of the characterizations and the pace of PERILOUS SHADOWS will keep readers enthusiastically turning pages until this exciting ride reaches its conclusion. ~~ Nancy Mehl – Winner of the 2009 Carol Award for Mystery…author of INESCAPABLE: The Kingdom series, the Curl Up and Dye mysteries, and The Harmony series.



Barnes & Noble/Nook

Desert Breeze Publishing


DARKEST HOUR: Historical Mystery to Keep You Up At Night

Darkest Hour, Lg





Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully




A petite widow, secretary and sole support of her son and grandparents, is framed for the murder of her boss. Wealthy village residents conspire with the DA to indicte her and stop further investigation. The medical examiner thinks the shooter was a tall individual and when his report is shoved aside, starts snooping trying to clear her and in the process falls in love with her.

Lucinda Walsh lost her husband and parents at sea. When she discovers the body of her boss, his A-List society finacee, backed up by her powerful family and a corrupt DA, acuses Lucinda of murder.  She struggles on shielding her five-year-old son, her feisty grandfather and arthritic grandmother from the ugliness of her situation. She mistrusts the dapper ME, thinking he’s a ladies’ man, but soon realizes he may be the only one in her corner.

Hank Jansen, the county ME who’s had his share of pain and loss, doesn’t know if this little widow was in on the murder, but he knows by the trajectory of the bullet she’s too short to have pulled the trigger. His professional opinion ignored, he begins his own investigation and at least one cop accuses him of an ethics violation. He certainly can’t deny he’s fallen head over heals for the accused, and also is crazy about her son. A huge problem is there’s a leak inside the investigation and the murderer is always one step ahead of them.


DARKETST HOUR: Nike Chillemi has written yet another high-action, highly charged mystery. A riveting read .  ~~  Linda Yezak, author of the award winning GIVE THE LADY A RIDE

Reading this book made me want to go back and re-read the other three – which for me is truly the test of a great book. ~~ Tracy Krauss, author of the acclaimed WIND OVER MARSHDALE, AND THE BEAT GOES ON, MY MOTHER THE MAN EATER, PLAY IT AGAIN.



Barness & Noble/Nook

Desert Breeze Publishing

2 thoughts on “HISTORICAL MYSTERIES: Sanctuary Point Series (1940s)

  1. Hi Nike: The picture of you and your granddaughter is beautiful! I am new to ACFW and new to writing Fiction. Are you planning to have the books that are only available on line to be offered in paperback? I hope so. Take care.


    1. Mary, Right now I’m only doing ebook because that’s what’s sold for me. I hope to have the series out in paperback, but I’ve got to get some time to breathe and get off the marketing treadmill in order to get paperbacks out.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s