Blind Spot–Mystery/Suspense/Romance!

To purchase this book, click on the picture or title link.

Deb’s Dozen: Declan’s After Dangerous Men. Tanner Prepares Their Profiles. The Chase Is On!

Blind Spot, Dani Pettrey’s third book in the Chesapeake Valor Series, carries on the chase started in Book One, Cold Shot. I love Dani’s books, but this series requires you to read the books in order to even try to keep track of the characters. A Cast of Characters at the beginning of each book would have been helpful. However, this is great mystery/suspense/romance/

The team is chasing both sex traffickers and a cabal attempting to cause major damage within the US. All the members of the team are involved, but Blind Spot focuses on Declan Grey, long attracted to his new, for this caper, partner, Tanner Shaw. Declan is an FBI agent and Tanner has been seconded to the FBI as a crisis counselor. And crises they have!

Declan heard a suicide bomber say “The wrath is coming” as his last words. But what is the wrath and where is it coming? How are Baltimore and Houston tied together? What does the elusive Luke have to do with things? The trail is murky and fraught with danger.

Dani has developed real-to-life characters as usual. I liked Declan and liked Tanner by the end of the book. She also has the location down pat. Having lived in the PA/MD area for years, I had fun recognizing the places used as settings for the action. The exploits were less than believable in this novel, but I enjoyed reading the ins and outs and twists and turns. Four stars.

Mystery/Suspense/RomanceDani Pettrey is an award-winning author for her Alaskan Courage series, which I loved. She writes mystery/suspense/romance novels and lives with her husband in Maryland, very close to the action in Blind Spot.

Bethany House gave me a copy of Blind Spot, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.

Murder in Disguise; the Professor in Hot Pursuit

Deb’s Dozen: Murder Follows Visiting Professor. Threats and Danger Imperil His Investigation and Romance.

Donn Taylor has written a wonderful character in Preston Barclay. Murder in Disguise is the third book in his series. Preston Barclay is a professor teaching one summer term at the college where a dear friend was recently found dead. The verdict was suicide, but Professor Collier’s wife begs Preston to investigate—neither of them feel Collier would have done the deed.

Barclay’s inamorata, Dr. Mara Thorn, is also in town for the summer doing research, and Barclay hopes, to further their budding romance. The two share opinions and research and discover a missing clue along with a web of sex trafficking, money laundering, and other nefarious crimes. Will they convince the cops that Collier was murdered—before being murdered themselves?

Murder in Disguise is written from Preston Barclay’s point of view. He has a dry, almost acerbic, way of speech and a delightful quirk. He hears music that seems to accompany his thoughts and situations. You are reminded of wonderful classical music as Preston muses his way through the mystery. His hippie-looking assistant, Rainbow Glencannon, brings forth a jazz rhythm whenever she appears, however. Taylors somewhat dry manner of writing took some time to get used to, but by the end of the book, I was quite charmed by the style. If you like mysteries and eccentric characters, you’ll love the Preston Barclay Mysteries. Four Stars.

Murder in DisguiseDonn Taylor spent a career in the Army, in the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Europe, and Asia. The man has seen the world. Afterward, he earned a PhD in Renaissance Literature and taught at two colleges. He has written three suspense novels, a historical novel, and a book of poetry. He lives near Houston, Texas.

I was gifted with a copy of Murder in Disguise, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.

Feisty Attorney Finds Deadly Proof of Medical Malpractice

Deb’s Dozen: Will Feisty Attorney Aided By Ex-Ranger Solve the Murder and Medical Malpractice?

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan tells a tale about the medical malpractice engaged in by a large drug company. One of their drugs seems to cause brain tumors. Attorney Kate Sullivan is lead counsel on the class action suit, but when a meeting with a possible whistle-blower ends up in the informant’s death, Rachel knows there is more to meet the eye than just the suit. When she is threatened, she hires ex-Army Ranger Landon James for security.

Landon digs into the death of the informant and tries to find another. He too feels there is much more going on in the drug company than just the existing case. As they go deeper into the research on the alleged malpractice, Kate is injured in a parking lot staircase by an unknown assailant. Landon ramps up security and brings in a friend’s company to help, so Kate is under twenty-four-hour protections. At the same time as the ramp-up in securing, there is a ramp-up in affections between the two.

I enjoyed reading Deadly Proof. Dylan writes memorable characters and her research and presentation of the legal aspects of the medical malpractice case appears impeccable. Kate and Landon became real characters to me-the dialog realistic. I so loved the action and the interaction among all the characters-good and bad. I hated to see the book end, and I was happy to see Deadly Proof is only Book One in the Atlanta Justice series. Five Stars!

Deadly Proof is but one of Rachel Dylan’s adventures into romantic and legal fiction. She has been an attorney for over a ten years and was a litigator at a national law firm. She says she enjoys combining the law with suspense and romance in her stories. She, her husband, and five “furkids” live in Michigan.

Bethany House gave me a copy of Deadly Proof, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.