Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review -- Devious by Mark Love

Title: Devious

Author: Mark Love

Genre: Mystery

Published March 2013 by Secret Cravings Publishing

Length: 212 Pages

ISBN: 9781618856159

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the book:

Jamie Richmond, reporter turned author, is doing research for her next book. Attempting to capture the realism of a police officer’s duties while on patrol, she manages to tag along for a shift with a state police trooper. A few traffic stops and a high speed chase later, Jamie’s ride takes an unexpected turn when she witnesses the trooper being shot. Although it is not a fatal injury, Jamie becomes obsessed with unraveling the facts behind this violent act. While she is trying to sort out this puzzle, she becomes romantically involved with Malone, another trooper with a few mysteries of his own. Now Jamie’s attention is divided between a blooming romance and solving the crime which is haunting her. Jamie begins to question the events that took place and exactly who could be behind the shooting. It was a devious mind. But who?

Mark Love pulled me in from the very beginning, kept me guessing until the end and kept me completely entertained throughout. Jamie Richmond is the best kind of heroine, she’s a real woman, she’s got flaws and perfections and that made me feel invested in her adventures. Malone is magnificent, perhaps sometimes he seemed a little too perfect but after all isn’t a perfect man what we all say we want. It wasn’t until a few of his flaws showed through that I truly felt myself going head over heels for this sexy and sensitive cop. All the characters in this book were well developed and added to the atmosphere and the story itself. I loved the mystery itself because it moved at just the right pace and it wasn’t full of non-existent clues making it impossible to solve or so transparent that the answer was staring you right in the face. I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries because I’m certain they will love it. I cannot wait to see what Jamie can get up to in another adventure.

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