Book Review: “Deadly Devotion” by Sandra Orchard

June 16, 2013 at 12:52 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Sandra Orchard in her new book, “Deadly Devotion book coverDeadly Devotion” Book One in the Port Aster Secrets series  published by Revell brings us into the lives of Kate Adams and Tom Parker.

From the Back Cover: 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 is determined 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 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.  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?

Post Aster is a hotbed of secrets.  You would not think that what looks like a sleepy, cozy little port town would contain people with pasts that they would kill to keep secret.  I also never gave a thought that scientists working with herbal medicines could ever be in danger.  At least when I am wrong I am consistent.  Ms. Orchard has done a marvelous job of creating Port Aster and the people who live there.  Kate and Tom are just perfect, not only in their respective roles but as a romantic couple, though they do not start out that way.  “Deadly Devotion” is a thriller as Kate’s life is in danger, practically, from page one.  You think you figured out who the killer is and then Ms. Orchard puts in a sharp turn that you did not see coming.  “Deadly Devotion” is full of mystery, action and adventure.  It will keep you flipping pages as you become involved in the investigation.  Ms. Orchard has given us a wonderful beginning to what looks like a great series.  I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

“Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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