TOXIC DECEPTION (A Jordan Reid Mystery) by K.C.Gillis #Toxic Deception @kcgilliswriter @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

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Strange symptoms. Bloody secrets. Can one reporter solve a medical mystery before she ends up in a body bag?

Jordan Reed put her world on hold to hunt down corruption. So when the gutsy journalist gets tipped off about blood money changing hands at a pharmaceutical factory, she dives into the story. With an otherwise healthy worker dropping dead of multiple organ failure, Jordan suspects something far more sinister than a simple accident…

Daring to go up against big pharma, she gains an ally on the inside and recruits two friends to join the investigation. But after a string of false leads and tight-lipped witnesses, she ties her case to disturbingly similar evidence in a medical trial on the other side of the globe. And if she doesn’t expose the lethal conspiracy soon, Jordan is terrified she and her team could be the next victims of the lethal cover-up.

Can Jordan take down a greedy corporation before they sacrifice more lives in the drive for profit?

Toxic Deception is the first book in the gripping Jordan Reed thriller series. If you like tenacious heroines, underdog stories, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love K.C. Gillis’s page-turning tale.

Buy Toxic Deception to unravel a contagious mystery today!


Wow, this is a 5 star read for me, I was hooked from the start until the end, and will be watching out for what happens in the next Jordan Reid Thriller. I could not put this down, a fast paced story with great characters that I loved, well some of them, but the ending! I need to read the next book soon.

Jordan Reed is a junior reporter for the Boston Courant, she is a bit of a loner, not many friends, except for Travis Sparks who half owns a pub. Jordan had once been engaged to Travis, but had called it off. They had remained friends, despite occasional disagreements, mainly over her lack of talking to her father, brother and sister. She blames her father for the death of her mother, she had had breast cancer and he had signed her up for a trial drug, which had killed her. The medical bills, and everything had cost them everything.

A white envelope is taped to Jordan’s front door as she returns from her morning swim, it just had her name on it, initially she is tempted to just bin it, and not even read what was inside. But the journalist in her made her have a look. A copy of an obituary notice for an Eric Smith, nothing initially unusual except for something at the end which didn’t make sense for an obit notice. Jordan’s interest was piqued.

Meanwhile in Africa a Dr Simon Temboi, a Junior Physician working with infectious diseases, under a Dr Gideon Jebet is working on a clinical trial of a novel antibiotic treatment, working on gene therapy at TB bacteria. Patients with TB are being given a new drug which could wipe out the disease. But Dr Temboi had noticed that Dr Jebets trial candidates are all from outlying areas and have limited means. The more affluent were not being chosen. This seemed odd to him. Why only the poorer candidates? When one patient dies of septic shock, with no autopsy, Dr Temboi becomes more suspicious, especially when he sees Dr Jebet hand the widow and envelope.

Back in Boston, Jordan looks into the obituary, she can find no social media for her Eric Smith, she digs deeper finding out more interesting things, through contacts she has, why won’t Eric Smiths wife speak to her? Who put the obit in the newspaper if it wasn’t the wife? What is the link with company Eric worked for Genphage and his death?

Why will no one answer Jordan’s questions? Who is watching her? Frustrated Jordan goes to see the one person who can always look at things differently Travis. As things progress Jordan digs deeper and deeper. She enrols the help of Charlie a friend who works at the CDC.

This becomes a gripping thriller, regarding pharmaceuticals, greed, reverse engineering of a drug meant to save lives, but could be used as a weapon. As Jordan, Travis and Charlie dig deeper, are they putting themselves in danger?

Jordan meets Emma on one of her morning swims, Emma pushes to get to know Jordan, but can she be trusted or not?

There is literally so much going on in this book, it had me holding my breath, I was also getting cross with Jordan a couple of times for being so naive. But there were times I didn’t know who she could trust. Even the police

An engaging, engrossing, thrilling read, I loved this book and it definitely gets 5 ⭐️ from me. I really didn’t know which way it was going to go. I loved Jordan Reid, Travis and Charlie they are such good rounded characters, I hope they will be in future books. The story is well plotted, well thought out, at a time where anti biotics aren’t curing normal strains of illness, this seemed like a current read, with the times we live in.


K.C. (Kevin) Gillis is the author of the Jordan Reed mystery series. Despite being a lifelong lover of stories and books, writing took a distant back seat as his professional career travelled through the Canadian Air Force, a decade as a chemist, followed by a long and continuing run in corporate America. With writing no longer in the back seat (but not quite yet in the front seat), Kevin how has the Jordan Reed series well under way. His personal interests focus on endurance and water sports. Having grown up in the Canadian Maritimes, he now lives in the US northeast with his wife, teenagers and a pair of black cats.

Kevin can be found online at You can connect with Kevin on Twitter at @kcgilliswriter, on Facebook at, and you can email him directly at

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Published in paperback and ebook formats on 6th February 2020 by Chesterfield Press

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