Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Random Acts of Fraud by Christy Barritt

Series: A Holly Anna Paladin Mystery # 5
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: River Heights
Released: May 18, 2017

About the Book:
 
Vintage-loving Holly Anna Paladin finds online dating uncouth and unbecoming.  But, in an attempt to overcome her romantic slump, her BFF convinces Holly to give it a shot. When Holly is stood up on her first date, she’s halfway relieved . . . until she discovers the reason isn’t because her cyber matchup has cold feet. Instead she stumbles upon him in a classic Mustang, deader than good old-fashioned manners. 
 
Holly's had enough with investigating crime and leaves her ex-boyfriend, Detective Chase Dexter, to solve this mystery. But Holly is somehow connected to this murder, and someone is determined to keep her in the thick of things. She hopes it’s not Drew Williams, the handsome funeral director who’s trying to sweep her off her feet.
 
Before more people are hurt, Holly is determined to unmask the pretender in her life. But can she keep her feelings for Chase locked away? Or will Holly end up losing her heart to him all over again? She must solve the case before someone pulls the plug on her profile . . . and deletes her permanently.
 
 My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  (4 stars)
 
“Everyone might say follow your heart, but God says follow Me.”
 
I could not put this one down. It seems no matter how much she tries to stay out of this new murder case someone is determined to drag her into it. And of course who ends up being the detective on the case, her ex-boyfriend Chase. This proves awkward as Holly still has feelings for him but she is also trying to move on and begins dating Drew, a funeral home owner. With the help of her best friend, Jamie, can she find enough clues to solve the case before the killer gets her? All I can say is that Holly is one brave woman. Time after time she is in a scary situation but thankfully she seems to come out on the other side. There is definitely a lot of suspense throughout, trying to figure out who the guilty party is or if there is more than one person involved. Is Holly being played and Drew is involved? There were so many possible suspects that I was kept guessing until the very end. The only disappointing thing for me was the way the story ended for one of the characters (not Holly) as I was hoping for a different ending. I did feel that there was no wrap up explanation for another character; however it could have been left like this on purpose to carry storyline over into the next book, hopefully that will be soon.
 
(I received this book free from the Ms. Barritt; opinions expressed in this
review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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