Rosie’s #BookReview Of #RomanticSuspense AN UNLIKELY GRAVE by @reily_garrett

An Unlikely GraveAn Unlikely Grave by Reily Garrett

4 stars

An Unlikely Grave is book four in the Moonlight and Murder romantic suspense series.

Josh Loughlin has plans to create a refuge for fellow military veterans. This was once a shared dream with Mike, his fellow friend and soldier, but after a roadside bombing, Josh has returned home alone.

Local rumours that the Ferndel place is haunted didn’t deter Josh from buying the plot; however, within days of his purchase, a murder victim is found. With military evidence at the site, Josh becomes the first suspect and his situation becomes worse when another body turns up.

Detective Brooke Bengert grew up in the area and knew Josh from school; he once saved her from bullies. Now she is determined to defend him, with the help of her police dog and friends within the force.

Although this is a gruesome murder mystery, it is well-balanced with some light romance. There are several canine characters which are a delight, and the friendship between them and their owners works well. Josh’s sister Darby, who we met in book three, connects him with her friends who provide much needed back-up; they show him just how loyal friendship can be.

Overall, another good story in this series. They can be read as stand-alone tales, but I believe readers would get much more from reading the books in order.

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Book description

It takes a predator to catch one.

Detective Brooke Bengert’s recent promotion includes a sharp learning curve with the discovery of a bizarre murder scene, a skeleton bound to a mountain treetop in her remote small town in Pennsylvania. Fate forces her to match wits with a clever serial killer, a chameleon who has selected his next victim. Brooke.

Josh Loughlin returns home after his overseas tour, having bought property with single-minded purpose, to build a refuge where veterans can rejoin polite society. Within days, a body is found a stone’s throw from his backyard. All evidence points to Josh.

Resisting their growing attraction, Josh and Brooke pool their resources with local detectives and their K9 partners to prove that determination and strength of will bind a family together.

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Rosie’s #BookReview of #NewRelease #RomanticSuspense A CRITICAL TANGENT by @reily_garrett

A Critical Tangent (Moonlight and Murder, #1)A Critical Tangent by Reily Garrett

4 stars

A Critical Tangent is a romantic suspense story and book one of the Moonlight and Murder series.

Keiki witnesses the brutal murder of her student friend via a camera on a drone―but the two-way communication gave the killer a full view of Keiki and now he’s coming after her.

When a second student goes missing and a third is attacked, Detective Garrett and his partner Coyote’s usual quiet life begins to get complicated. The killer’s evidence all leads to Keiki, except Garrett believes that she is a victim and he attempts to protect her. However, Keiki finds it hard to trust the police; instead, she plans her own investigation.

I really liked the camaraderie and dialogue between Garrett and Coyote and it complimented their mix of modern and traditional policing methods. I also thought that the tension and atmosphere which built-up between Garret and Keiki suited this genre well. In other areas, there was plenty of action during the murder investigation which kept me entertained, and I thought the ending had a very enticing hook ready for the next book in the series.

Overall, a solid start to a new series.

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Book description

Enter a world where ignorance and darkness mask chaos and deceit.

Keiki’s focus on designing drones shatters one morning when her prototype records the murder of her friend. Captured video detailed the masked killer’s promise to find his witness and finish the job.
Experience has given her good reason to not trust cops, especially when they come knocking on her door. Their suspicions narrow when her roommate disappears without a trace.
Conflicting evidence at a brutal crime scene leaves gossamer threads weaving a complicated web of lies and deceit. Every lead Detective Garnett finds steers the investigation to a deeper, darker network entangling Keiki in a labyrinth of cunning subterfuge.
Garnett is torn between following the letter of the law and protecting the witness determined to clear her name. Can he earn Keiki’s trust in time to save her life, or will a psychotic killer destroy the woman who has demolished his emotional barriers?

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