Thursday, February 25, 2010


by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

Read the Back:

RYLEE MONROE, a dogwalker in Charleston’s wealthiest neighbourhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her.

Reporter Logan Woods is following the break-ins with the hope of publishing his coverage as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything.

As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

What I Thought:
It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I set aside some time to do so it was SO worth it. The characters in this book are really charming. You can easily relate to most of them. I enjoyed how the author made each of Rylee’s clients’ dogs a character as well. This mystery novel isn’t like most of the others I’ve read. It has a good blend of Romance (but not Harlequin levels) and Mystery. I’ve ready many different mystery books over the last few years and have usually been able to figure out “who dunnit” by about ½ way through the book. That wasn’t the case with this book. I really wasn’t sure until the chapter with the big reveal. To me, that’s how a mystery book SHOULD be. The authors did an excellent job at portraying each character’s thoughts as they occurred. The use of internal dialog helped me to really get into what each character was feeling.

I really like that even though Rylee was a victim in this book, the authors didn’t really make her seem all wimpy. I find that a lot of times women are portrayed as too vulnerable and unable to take care of themselves. While I found Rylee to act irrationally at times, I could easily see myself making those same decisions. I liked, however, that she did get in some peoples’ faces at certain points in the book and wasn’t afraid to tell people what she thought. You Go Girl!

Another great aspect in the book were the characters’ direct relations with God. Rylee finds herself coming back to got through a series of circumstances out of her control. We also see Logan turning back towards God after some encouraging words from his father. Sometimes I found the parts that referenced God to be a little out of place with the feel of the story, but overall the storyline continued to flow pretty well.

I think that if you like mystery novels then you’d like this book, and if mysteries aren’t normally your cup of tea, I think you’d like this book too. It really does have a bit of something for everyone. ENJOY!

Available now at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Book is courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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