Research scientist Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies. Kate knows that if it hadn't been for Daisy's mentorship, she wouldn't have the job she loves or the faith she clings to. So when police rule Daisy's death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.
As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?
Romantic suspense maven Orchard (Shades of Truth) plunges readers into the fray immediately in this first of the Port Aster Secrets series. Kate Adams demands that Det. Tom Parker reopen the investigation into her colleague Daisy Leacock's death, setting in motion a tale that careens from suspect to suspect and action to action in nearly uncontrollable fashion. Kate harbors suspicions about a lengthy string of possible killers, believing that one of them switched the ingredients of the herbal tea that led to the botanist's death. Stakeouts, possible bombs, ignored advice, betrayal, and even a very public allergic reaction keep up the breakneck pace of this tale as Adams and Parker try to uncover a killer and, perhaps, a little romance as well. The writing is uber-dramatic ("Tom hammered his escalating urgency into the question...") and the action hectic. Fans looking for a quick read and a unique mystery will surely enjoy it.
I enjoyed reading the book and will read more books by Sandra Orchard.
Great book. Had you guessing the whole to
Time to who the murder was . Kept you reading to find out the next clues would be up to the very end.
Kept me guessing all the way through!
This is the first book of Sandra Orchard’s that I've ever read. It was fantastic. She did a marvelous job of crafting a twisting and tangling suspense/mystery novel. She had so many suspects in this story and presented just enough about each of them that they were definitely believable as the murderer. I didn't know right up until the end who was the culprit.
I loved both of the main characters, Kate Adams and Tom Parker. They were incredibly well developed and presented. The secondary characters were also well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships between the different characters.
I will definitely be reading more books by this author.