Laura Griffin. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-0-593-19734-9
Griffin’s standalone second Texas Murder Files romance (after Hidden) pairs a thrilling suspense plot with a believable love story. Recognizing the need to de-stress after a case goes awry, forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to coastal Lost Beach, Tex., to capture the native birds for the Texas Birding Association’s upcoming calendar. While on the job, she stumbles across two dead bodies and her past training compels her to take comprehensive photos of the crime scene before vital evidence—including the exotic feather clutched in one victim’s hand—is lost in an approaching storm. Impressed by her work, Det. Joel Breda tries to hire her to the Lost Beach Police Department. Miranda is reluctant to reenter the field, but given her experience and natural instincts, she finds she can’t stay away from the case for long—particularly as it becomes clear that the deaths were the work of a serial killer. Griffin takes care to develop a satisfying and complex mystery without sacrificing time for Joel and Miranda to build trust and chemistry as their partnership moves from professional to personal. Series fans will not be disappointed. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/06/2021
Release date: 03/30/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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