New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.
When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.
As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly burn out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on her, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.
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Edge of your seat suspense
I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series which are filled with mystery, edge of your seat suspense and romance. At the beginning of this story two people are murdered and Dani Harper is made lead detective on the case. This is Dani’s first time being in charge of a case and she is excited and nervous to finally be able to prove herself. There is a lot of pressure put on Dani as the case turns high profile. It is difficult to figure out who committed the murders and Dani and her colleagues are spending every waking moment trying to solve the case as quickly as possible. There are plenty of twist and turns and I was never sure of the outcome.
Dani has known Scott Black for years because he is best friends with her older brother. Scott is a former Navy Seal and is now Delphi's chief firearms examiner. He is an adrenaline junkie who misses his Navy Seal team and all the action he encountered. Scott is assigned to work on the murder case until he becomes a suspect. Throughout the book their is a slow romantic build up between Dani and Scott. Scott is sexy, protective and tries his best to keep his distance from Dani. He and Dani dance around each other, both afraid to admit their feelings. Each of their encounters is highly charged and passionate.
I admire how hard Dani works to solve the case. She is fearless and gives everything to her job. She never backs down and isn't afraid to run straight into trouble. Scott wants to protect Dani but he realizes he has to let her do her job and wait until she asks for his help. This is a highly satisfying, action packed story. It is a fast paced, with well developed characters and heart pounding suspense. This is the eleventh book in the Tracers series and each book is a standalone.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Great romantic suspense
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Tracers series. At Close Range is another great addition to the series. There is a really well written mystery with lots of red herrings. The murder mystery is hands down the most intriguing and satisfying aspect to the story.
Dani is a detective who has just been made the lead on a very high profile double murder case. Scott is a ballistics specialist at the nearby Delphi center. Scott is called in to work on the murder case and examine the ballistics. Through several twists, Scott ends up as a suspect. Dani has known Scott for most of her life. He is her brother's best friend. She knows he didn't commit the murders, but she has to find the proof. Scott isn't about to sit back and let the investigation progress with him. Obviously, its a conflict of interest to have him involved since he is the prime suspect. The case takes Dani to a different state and more murders occur, all while she fights her attraction to Scott.
My discontent with the story was the romance. I really didn't find the romance between Dani and Scott credible or authentic. It felt sort of rushed and haphazard. By the end, I wasn't sure I believed they would stay together. I think that the murder mystery and all the danger took the focus of the story (and I loved it), but it did so at the expense of building up the romance.
At Close Range by Laura Griffin is book number eleven in the Tracers series. This is police detective, Daniele “Dani” Harper and former Navy Seal, Scott Black’s story.
Wow! From the start you will stay on the edge of your seat. The author delivers a story with suspense, twists, surprises, and steamy scenes with an unpredictable ending.
FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.