Thursday, May 17, 2012

Next stop on the blog tour: Romancing the Book

Murder In Devon by Maggi Andersen
Release Date:  February 25, 2012
Publisher:  Black Opal Books
Pages:  316 pages
Source: book tour
She wants the truth, but it may cost her more than she thinks…
An ex-patriot-American living in England, magazine reporter Casey Rowan wakes to find one best friend murdered and another seriously injured. Casey is determined to find the killer, despite running afoul of the detective in charge of the case—a blue-eyed Scot named Rod Carlisle, who considers her a prime suspect. As Casey gets closer to the truth, losing her heart to the sexy cop isn’t the only thing she risks. Now her life is danger, too.
He wants her, but he may have to choose between love and duty…
Rod has no patience with civilians who interfere in police matters, even hot little numbers like Casey. Though he tries to keep things professional, Casey’s beauty and spunk are hard to resist. He warns her that what she’s doing is dangerous, but he only succeeds in alienating her. She refuses to listen and goes off on her own with disastrous results. Now Rod’s in a race to find the killer before the woman he loves becomes the next victim.

ReviewMurder in Devon by Maggi Andersen was a very enjoyable book. It was the very first mostly suspense novel I’ve ever read, so this review is coming from a complete romantic=suspense newbie. While there were many things I enjoyed about this book, the main thing that I disliked was the fact that you must have some knowledge of life in England. If you don’t know the different rankings and abbreviations of the police force, then you’ll spend much of the first few chapters running back to the computer to Google the meanings, which is what I had to do. Other than that, though, I really liked reading it.
I did enjoy Casey’s dogged determination to find out who killed and injured her friends, no matter the cost. Murder in Devon kept me guessing until the very end. By the time I found out who the true killer was, I was already sure it was someone else at least twice! Throughout the entire book, I found myself feeling the emotions the characters were feeling. I felt the despair, the terror, and the relief. There were several times when I was very grateful that I wasn’t reading in public, because I remember going, you’ve got to be kidding me! During one of the biggest developments, I was as disappointed as the main character. I couldn’t believe it, then when it all changes later, I had to go back and reread the chapter, for I was sure I was imagining it. All of those things are the marks of a fantastic read.
For those who aren’t a romance fan, it’s fairly light in that department, focusing more on the case and the details of the investigation. I prefer a bit more romance in my books. It doesn’t have to be full on smut, but the falling in love emotions. A good read overall if you’re in the mood for a good suspense novel full of intrigue that doesn’t give one hint at who the real culprit is until the very end. Maggi should be proud of Murder in Devon. She did a great job.

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