"strong investigative romantic mystery"
Jessie Rhoades relocated to Florida to escape a bad
marriage and to further her career as the city editor of
the Fort Myers Star News. Her top journalist reports on
cops frequenting local strip joints while on duty.
However, word is that the story is a hoax and careers could
Jessie is driving when her brakes fail leading to a crash.
She is rescued by freelance reporter Clay Christopher who
then rushes her to the hospital. Not long afterward, New
York based editor Steve Crank asks Clay to investigate the
police scandal and possible hoax. Pretty much retired
since his beloved Ellen died, Clay makes some cursory
inquiries, but soon finds Jessie has given him a reason to
live just as he has revived her personal life. However,
someone wants her dead as is evident by her sliced brake
Though in some ways the villain is obvious even with clever
disguising by Joyce Lamb, this is a strong investigative
romantic mystery. The entertaining story line provides the
reader with two levels of tension. Will Jessie and Clay
overcome their respective past relationships to become an
entity with her as his professional boss even as the
audience will wonder if the heroine will survive the
assaults on her life? Readers will appreciate this deep
tale rooting for the lead couple to make it.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 13, 2003