Monday, October 31, 2022

Review: Body of Evidence by Irene Hannon

Series: Triple Threat #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Released: Oct. 3, 2022
360 pages
About the Book:

Forensic pathologist Grace Reilly has seen her share of unusual deaths in rural Missouri. But when she begins to notice a curious pattern in autopsies of elderly residents whose demise appears to be natural, she takes her concerns to Sheriff Nate Cox.

Nate is skeptical about the link Grace is seeing between the deaths--and her suspicions of foul play. But her persistence is compelling. Once she finally convinces him her theory is credible and they join forces to investigate, danger follows. Because exposing the truth could destroy several lives--including Grace's.



  



My Rating & Thoughts:    

I flew through this book and read it in less than 24 hours. Grace Reilly is a forensic pathologist and while performing an autopsy she discovers something that reminds her of another case she worked not that long ago. This raises her suspicions that maybe this person did not die of natural causes as suspected. After comparing her case notes she is pretty sure the two cases are connected and that the victims did not die of natural causes. She takes her concerns to the local Sheriff Nate Cox. He can’t immediately see the connection that Grace is seeing but eventually he agrees with her findings and the two begin working together for answers. While Grace runs tests Nate interviews various people. Meanwhile Grace’s car is vandalized, and a suspicious present is left at her home. Are these incidents connected to her theory or is she being targeted for another reason? Nate and Grace work together to piece together all the little bits of information they have.

Knowing that anyone could be the villain I was suspicious of everyone I met. There were two particular people I suspected early on, but then ruled them out for various reasons. However, I never should have doubted myself with one of them because it turned out I was right to suspect them.

This book kept me guessing and engaged in the plot. I loved the combination of suspense and romance. The romance between Nate and Grace stays in the background while the investigation is ongoing. I loved the interaction of these two and couldn’t wait for their first date to eventually happen. My only negative comment about this book is some of the autopsy scenes go into quite a bit of detail and is not for the squeamish. 

I really enjoyed this conclusion to the series and spending time with each of the Reilly sisters individually and together. Their sisterly banter was fun. I recommend reading this series to anyone who loves suspense with a bit of romance mixed in.


Favourite Quote: 
“There's someone out there for you too. I know it. Someone who won't care in the least that you cut up dead bodies for a living.”

(I received an ARC of this book from Revell through NetGalley; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Review: Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

Series: Triple Threat #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Released: Oct. 5, 2021
384 pages
About the Book:

When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.

Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?


  


My Rating & Thoughts:    

Working undercover is dangerous. Add in the return of an ex-boyfriend who broke her heart years ago Cate is in a very difficult position. Can she discover answers to bring the person responsible to justice? How does the ex factor in?

Cate is a police detective who has been assigned to go undercover to search for answers regarding a couple missing teens, did they run away or did something more sinister happen to them? Cate is not happy about being undercover and even more so when he runs in her ex-boyfriend who broke her heart years ago. She determines he must be undercover as well, and it takes all her strength to keep her composure together so she doesn’t blow their covers. Cate determines if Zeke is here there must be more happening than her missing teens. But can she figure it out while protecting her heart? There were so many possible suspects, but who is really involved and just how involved are they? There were so many layers to what was going on and had me questioning what was connected and what wasn’t. There is a lot of suspense and dangerous moments. I was left guessing and debating the whole way through who the ringleader was. I did not guess right. Multiple police agencies must work together to capture the guilty people and protect their undercover agents. The ringleader’s reasoning for their actions was so warped and misguided.

I am not a big fan of second chance romances, but I did like how Cate and Zeke talked things out and were honest about their feelings in regards what happened back then and what was happening now. Other than the mention of both characters being Christians and straying from their moral values in the past there wasn’t a huge faith element playing out. There were some really good scenes between them. The book contained all the elements of a great romantic suspense read. 


Favourite Quote: 
“God often works through ordinary activities to bring about extraordinary results.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Review: Point of Danger by Irene Hannon

Series: Triple Threat # 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell 
Released: Oct. 6, 2020
384 pages
About the Book:

Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can't find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he's convinced they're connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve's voice silenced--permanently.

But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes--and who is swiftly winning his heart--may not survive.



  

My Rating & Thoughts:    


I was hooked from page one.  Eve is a radio show host who is being targeted by someone. Police detective Brent responds to the initial call. Upon meeting the two click. However, Brent has no intention of getting involved with anyone ever. His friends and co-workers try to convince him his reasons for this is wrong, but he is stubborn. Will meeting Eve change his mind? These two get to know each other better as more threats to Eve happen. Can they figure out who is targeting her before Eve gets hurt? I liked that Eve tried to follow the advice of law enforcement instead of taking unnecessary risks. I couldn’t stand Steve and was so happy when Meg took action. I would have loved a follow-up on how she was doing by the end of the book. The minor storyline with Doug felt a little out of place and didn’t fit with rest of the events, but I did like the realization that Doug came to. Ms. Hannon has created characters that you want to be around and want to cheer for. I really liked the interactions of Eve and her sisters, their banter was fun. It was cool that Ms. Hannon had one of her characters from a previous series work as a detective with Brent, when he was first introduced I thought I recognized him but wasn’t positive. Then he shared a little bit about himself and I was like that’s the guy from Dangerous Illusions. I had to stop reading to look it up to confirm if I was remembering correctly or not. The revelation of the mastermind in the end shocked me. I had not suspected them at all. It’s amazing how people can keep things about themselves hidden. I loved the characters of Eve and Brent and enjoyed the way their relationship developed. 


Favourite Quote: 
“You have to let people do what they're called to do and put the rest in God's hands. Once you manage that, life is much less stressful.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)