Sunday, June 9, 2013

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard - my review

Deadly Devotion, is Sandra Orchard's first book in her new "Port Aster Secrets" series and it was the first book that I've read from this talented suspense novelist.

Kate Adams is a research scientist who has just lost her friend and mentor, Daisy Leacock, to what the police are calling an apparent suicide. Kate doesn't believe Daisy, a strong Christian woman, would commit such a sin. Because she believes Daisy was murdered, Kate goes to the police to request that they reopen the case.

Tom Parker, a former FBI agent, has just returned home to Port Aster and an old friend hires him on to the Port Aster Police Department as a detective much to the disapproval of other people in the department. Tom is trying to forget a tragedy from his past and just keep a low profile. When Kate approaches him with her request to reopen the Leacock suicide case he realizes that his job could be on the line as the police chief, his old friend, insists the case stay closed.

Kate finally starts an investigation of her own and Tom starts to believe there may be something to her suspicions. With the help of his father, a retired detective who is mourning the loss of his wife, he begins to help Kate in following up on the many clues that seem to be turning up.

Ms. Orchard has created believable characters that make you want to join them in their investigation.  Her character Kate is strong willed but tends to jump to conclusions throughout the book.  This began to get a little confusing for me as her suspicions jumped from one possible suspect to another. Tom, is just as strong willed but a little more level headed. I enjoyed getting to know both of these characters but wished there could have been a little more romance involved. Hopefully, there will be more romance in Book Two of the "Port Aster Secrets" series.

I would highly recommend Deadly Devotion to anyone who enjoys a good Christian suspense novel.

On a 5-Star Scale - 4 Stars

I would like to thank Donna Hausler and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my review copy of Deadly Devotion. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

* Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group *

Smiles & Blessings,

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