Baker’s Dozen by Amey Zeigler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Baker’s Dozen is a romantic suspense novel, set mainly in St Louis. Andy Miller is an investigative journalist, unearthing criminals and exposing them in the media.
Her latest story uncovers a dodgy, small-time auto repair shop owner, but it just scratches the surface of a money laundering scam run by a bigger criminal. Then Andy crosses paths with Hugh, a familiar face, and they find they are both investigating Imperial Energy and Michael Tyrone. Hugh seems to be on Andy’s side, but he’s keeping secrets and telling lies.
Bodies begin to pile up as do the number of people wanting Andy and Hugh dead. They follow leads to leaked documents which take them on a dangerous trip to Mexico; who is trying to keep important material concealed and why?
I really enjoyed this book. Andy was a great character, her karate skills and Mary Poppins-style survival bag saved them on many occasions. She was resourceful, disobedient and held her own in difficult situations. I loved the ending; the possibilities left me believing that this book could either be a stand-alone or it could be the start of a great series.
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Twenty-three year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.
Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.
Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.
As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.
Because she grew up moving all around the United States, Amey loves writing about different places. In her books, she explores the whole world.
Growing up, Amey was always trying new things. She played violin, drums, flute, piano, all before she was sixteen. She also discovered she didn’t have much talent for music.
When people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she was afraid to tell them she wanted to be a writer because she didn’t know how to write.
She is so grateful for her Sophomore year Honor’s English teacher who gave her a star and five points (out of five!) for Voice on her personal essay. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have had enough courage to pursue writing.
In her spare time, she adopts stray furniture left on the side of the road, fixes it up and gives it a new look and home. Amey lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX.
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