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 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?
What I loved: I don't normally read this kind of story. Actually, I never read this kind of story, but I enjoyed it. The mystery elements kept the story from focusing only on the romance and the romance elements kept the story from having nothing but investigations. Kate and Tom are two likable protagonists and it's easy to hope they get over their difficulties and find a happy ending together.
I also enjoyed the mention of all the herbal remedies and teas Kate's interested in. It was fascinating and gave the story a nice little touch of authenticity. And of course Tom's kind, former police chief Dad found a special place in my heart too. deadly devotion isn't exceptional for either a romance or a mystery, but it was riveting enough to keep me glued to its pages for most of the day and I know I'll be looking for other books by the author.
What I didn't like so much: I was a little disappointed in how their investigations went. It was like all their clues were leading them to nothing but dead ends until the murderer suddenly incriminated him/herself. Of course who it is should come as a surprise to the readers, but not necessarily to the detectives, especially when one of them is a former FBI agent and supposed to know his stuff. I grant that I didn't have a clue of who the murderer was either, but I would have appreciated a few more related clues and a clearer motive to help me along. And then the murderer never actually got convicted for his/her crime. *groan*
I know that that kind of writing just screams, "Read the next book!" But since I did enjoy the story and I want to know what happens next, I think I will.
My rating: 7 out of 10
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