Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident--and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave 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 into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.
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?
My Review: The cover art of this novel is what caught my attention. Reading the back cover blurb peeked my interest enough to give the story a chance, since I had never read Sandra Orchard before. While the book was interesting in parts, the characters were very frustrating. I spend the whole book shaking my head at their incompetence. Both Tom and Kate were too close to the situation to think clearly throughout the story. Besides their bumbling attempts to solve the murder mystery, nothing really happened in the book until the end. Not everyone will feel like me, but I probably won't be reading the next book in the series, even though Deadly Devotion left some unanswered questions. I don't want to spend any more time with these annoying characters. This book will not be staying on my shelves.
My Recommendation: I'm not sure I'd recommend this book to anyone but fans of Sandra Orchard.
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