"Attraction between the two detectives provides a satisfying subplot to the mystery"
Chase Dagger is a private eye. He has a typical background
for a P.I. - - former experience in investigations, martial
arts training and lots of weaponry and the ability to use
them. What he has that other private detectives do not are
an articulate pet Macaw with a photographic memory and an
assistant named Sara who shape-shifts into both a hawk and
Dagger Investigations located in Cedar Point, Indiana in
the region outside of Chicago doesn't usually handle high-
profile cases of the rich-and-famous. But while doing
surveillance on an adulterous spouse, Chase and Sara become
involved in the five-year old case of the disappearance and
death of Rachel Tyler, the young trophy wife of the very
wealthy Robert Tyler. The twist is Sara sees Rachel Tyler
killed while out in her hawk form. So who fell overboard
five years ago and who was murdered in the here and now?
Chase is not one to let people get away with murder. He
and Sara begin their own investigation and are later hired
by Robert Tyler to find out what really happened to his
Where there's money and murder, there are always lots of
suspects, and such is the case in the Tyler investigation.
Chase and Sara find that they need all their special
training and abilities to survive the murderer's desire to
cover his trail.
Lee Driver has created an eminently satisfying pair of
detectives. Chase is a dark-haired hunk who is constantly
fighting a battle between his need to protect the
beautiful, naive shape-shifter or make love to her. The
not-quite-as-naive-as-he-thinks Sara would welcome the
attention of her protector, but isn't quite sure how to let
him know. Plus there is the small problem of Chase's
wealthy, sharp-clawed ex-fiancée still hanging around.
The romantic (and sexual) attraction between the two
detectives provides a satisfying subplot to the mystery.
The secondary characters are fully dimensional and also add
to the storyline.
I highly recommend this series and am looking forward to
reading more of Chase's and Sara's adventures.
Moni Draper © June Copyright 2002
Reviewed by Moni Draper
Posted July 8, 2002