Sunday, 4 August 2013

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

Back Cover: Kate knows the truth is out there - but if she's right, that means a killer is out there too.

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 home-town 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?

Review: Kate can not stomach the sight of a cop, let alone entertain the idea of being romantically involved with one. Tom has had it with women. He got to watch, first hand, as a female double-agent deceived his best friend and got him killed. When Kate comes stomping into his office the last thing he wants to do is respond to her cry for help - even if she is beautiful.

Kate is happy with her life, excited about the research she is doing with her friend and mentor, Daisy, and looking forward to being the maid of honour at her best friend's wedding. For the first time in her difficult life, things are going well and it seems God is granting her favour. Then, the unthinkable happens and Daisy is found dead. The press and the police take one look at the crime scene and decide it's suicide, but Kate knows Daisy. Daisy would never, ever kill herself. When the cops refuse to re-open the case, Kate begins to investigate for herself.

What follows is quite a weave of intrigue. I did not guess, until the final chapter, who had killed Daisy. There were so many suspicious characters, false leads, and distracting elements that I was left guessing to the end. Kate and Tom are certainly reluctant to become emotionally attached to each other, and something I really appreciate about this book is the author did not shove them together. The grow of their relationship was very realistic and believable.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading "Deadly Devotion" and wish I could have the next book already in my hands.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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