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Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.
As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Romantic suspense maven Orchard (Shades of Truth) plunges readers into the fray immediately in this first of the Port Aster Secrets series. Kate Adams demands that Det. Tom Parker reopen the investigation into her colleague Daisy Leacock’s death, setting in motion a tale that careens from suspect to suspect and action to action in nearly uncontrollable fashion. Kate harbors suspicions about a lengthy string of possible killers, believing that one of them switched the ingredients of the herbal tea that led to the botanist’s death. Stakeouts, possible bombs, ignored advice, betrayal, and even a very public allergic reaction keep up the breakneck pace of this tale as Adams and Parker try to uncover a killer and, perhaps, a little romance as well. The writing is uber-dramatic (“Tom hammered his escalating urgency into the question...”) and the action hectic. Fans looking for a quick read and a unique mystery will surely enjoy it. Agent: Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency. (June)