Dr. Ree Ryland must work with the FBI to catch a criminal before time runs out in this cozy, character-driven thriller.
"I really enjoyed this story. It's a little bit of a crime, thriller, suspense, mystery with a smidgen of romance all wrapped up in a quirky package with brainiac, feisty female lead." -Laura, Tangents and Tissues Book Blog
Dr. Ree Ryland is an engineering professor who loves her job and plays by the rules. Her life is reassuringly predictable – until an enemy hiding in plain sight decides her squeaky-clean reputation is the perfect cover to commit a crime.
When Agent Parker Landon and his FBI team discover that someone at the university has been procuring military-grade hardware by disguising it as test equipment, all evidence points to Ree. After the FBI intercepts a shipment that puts Ree in the clear, Parker is forced to tell her that she’s being used as a pawn by an unseen enemy. And now she’s in that enemy’s crosshairs. Ree turns down the protective detail offered by the FBI and insists on using her inside knowledge to help with the investigation. Parker is leery of bringing a civilian on to the team, but he’s surprised at how much fun he has working with Ree, even as he tries to keep her out of harm’s way.
Parker, Ree and the FBI team find increasingly worrying evidence that someone is quietly acquiring everything they need to cause destruction on a massive scale. Now, they must uncover the motive and identity of the killer hiding among Ree’s friends and colleagues before it’s too late.
Calculated Deception is Book 1 in The Calculated Series. All books in The Calculated Series may be enjoyed as standalone novels or as a series.
"I love strong female leads and this one did not disappoint! A great thriller and quick enjoyable read." - Anika R, NetGalley Reviewer
"Chapters are short and well paced. Characters come to life on the page and the mystery ensures you keep reading. An ideal summer holiday read." - Born to Engineer Book Club
"I devoured this book to see what would happen next." - Trinica C, NetGalley Reviewer
"This thriller kept me enthralled thanks to the great writing and the strong female lead." - Cristie U, NetGalley Reviewer
"Calculated Deception is a fun quick read that mystery fans will enjoy." - Heidi Wimmer, Book Him Danno Blog
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Readers not deceived
This short novel will keep you interested as you follow Ree and Parker on the trail of a crafty engineer with revenge and ladder climbing agendas.
Fast-paced and intriguing story.
Mystery woman in science
The author is a female scientist writing to encourage other women in the scientific field. I applaud this desire to encourage women into these fields because we have been shunted away from science in our schools in my experience. That needs to halt so that we are enabled by our training and wits to hold responsible positions in a scientifically oriented society! Kudos to the author for her moxie and for presenting a reasonable mystery without foolish entanglements, no Bond girls in this tale!