Sunday, June 9, 2013
Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard
Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard, Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing Group), $14.99 list price, paperback.
From the publisher:
Kate knows the truth is out there - but if she's right, that means a killer is out there too.
Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave 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 into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.
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?
This is the first book in the Port Aster Secrets series by Sandra Orchard. The main character is Kate Adams, a research scientist specializing in herbal medicine for treating depression. When her mentor's death is ruled a suicide, Kate knows in her heart that isn't possible and discovers clues that back her claim. The problem is, the police consider the case closed so Kate puts pressure on detective Tom Parker to reopen the case and consider the possibility that it was murder. He has doubts but something about Kate compels him to at least take a closer look at the evidence despite objections from his superiors.
If for no other reason, Tom decides to get involved to protect Kate from her own recklessness as she pursues evidence that begins to reveal several suspects, including some who are closer to the investigation than they expected. And of course, the pair begins to have romantic feelings toward each other which further complicates their pursuit of the killer.
I found the storyline to be what I expect from a good suspense novel and although there were several characters, it was easy to keep track of their relationships to each other. As a Christian/romance/suspense novel, I thought the author did a good job balancing the themes of faith and romance in a way that seemed natural to the characters without distracting from the suspense of the storyline.
I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series.