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Author: Sandra Orchard
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Port Aster, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can’t believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor’s innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation–and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world – and her budding romance with Tom – begin to crumble. To Kate, it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?
Award-winning author Sandra Orchard draws readers into a world of rogues, red herrings, and romance as she unfolds the continuing story of amateur sleuth Kate Adams. – Goodreads
Review: Sandra’s writing isn’t hard to get caught up in. She has a natural talent for telling stories and keeping the pace tight without constantly being because someone is in danger. Instead there are fabulous uses of clues that need to be fitted together in order for the reader to further along the mystery the characters are on the hunt of solving. Some of the twists turned out to be ones I guessed prior to the reveal – or had an inkling of, and some I didn’t imagine. No matter what, it was a fun read that will keep its reader on its toes and pulls various aspects from its first series book.
The dialogue in this book is crackling with chemistry and wit. Tom’s flirting was darling (what else can I say, that is the best word for it! *wink*), which sets him apart from the average detective. His protectiveness of Kate is sweet as is his patience to wait until she’s ready to date (come on, doesn’t this guy sound as if he deserves his own “aww…”kind of reaction??). Kate’s cute fact-spouting self makes for a unique persona a-la Dr. Maura Isles and her work with plants is one of the more interesting fictional vocations I have run across. In this novel, Sandra Orchard has created a fun, “fresh” premise that is interesting to be a part of. Though everything is obviously, connected, the puzzle pieces almost fit together as if the mystery were two parts as opposed to one long, sweeping whodunit, there’s more than meets the eye and like any good three-book, same-person mystery, Sandra ends this at just the right moments! How on earth are we supposed to wait until book three arrives June 2015?
Like, seriously, that’s too long.
Note: sincere apologies to the author, Sandra Orchard and the publisher, Revell for the delay in posting this review.
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.