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Deadly Devotion (Port Aster Secrets Book #1): A Novel Kindle Edition
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Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident--and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.
As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?
"I couldn't put it down. A compelling plot with intriguing characters that swept me up into their lives."--Margaret Daley, author of the Men of the Texas Rangers series
"A clever whodunit mixed with a sweet romance. This makes for a story you won't put down until the end--and then only because you have to. Looking forward to book two!"--Lynette Eason, bestselling and award-winning author of the Deadly Reunions series
Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense whose novels include Deep Cover, Shades of Truth, and Critical Condition. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Word Guild, and Romance Writers of America and lives in the Niagara area of Ontario, Canada. To find out more, please visit www.sandraorchard.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00B85M2RA
- Publisher : Revell (June 1, 2013)
- Publication date : June 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1415 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #831,794 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After all, she owed it to Daisy who had introduced her to Jesus. Daisy was also her best friend after Julie besides being her boss. Kate feared they might lose some of their funding too. But her major problem is that Kate loved everybody. How could anyone of them possibly kill Daisy? There was her nephew Edward, Darryl at work, even the Police Chief Hank whose Dad was once in prison, or his Dad Al. Other names popped in her mind. So very confusing!
Rather quickly Kate stirs up all kinds of trouble for herself. Often enough, Tom was right in the thick of it with her. Finally has has to admit to himself that he has been smitten by this tiny, feity lady. But how will he ever keep her safe?
Sandra Orchard's characters in Deadly Devotion all have likeable traits, but also the motives to benefit from a sweet old woman's death. Kate Adams, our protagonist, refuses to believe that her dear friend and mentor, Daisy Leacock, would have committed suicide, but that's what the cops are quick to claim before closing the case. Kate's loyalty to Daisy is endearing, as well is her naivete in investigating the case on her own. She stops at nothing, endangering her own life, to get answers, all the while looking very much like a suspect herself.
Tom Parker, the cop on Kate's side, most of the time, is torn between having feelings for her and questioning if she might have wanted Daisy dead. Kate could be seeking credit for the research she and Daisy were doing on herbal remedies as a treatment for depression -- but then why would she dig up the case?
While Kate and her memories of Daisy shed an upbeat light on the story, their work combating depression, is also fitting for the story. Tom Parker and his father, a retired cop who helps in their investigation, are mourning the death of Tom's mother and not doing well. Will Kate help them to find meaning in life again? Beneath this classic suspense novel is a story about devotion, faith and love.
I clicked through the next few Home pages and was arrested. "Deadly Devotion". But it was not the title that caught as much as it was the memory of reading somewhere that the author, Sandra Orchard, had been inspired to write one of her suspense novel (not this one) while on a vacation cruise. I, too, was only hours away from my holiday destination, and "Deadly Devotion" seemed a natural fit.
I was immediately absorbed in the book, so much so that I did not hear my husband speak, but I felt his touch to get my attention. "Keep reading at your pace, but would you mind if I read over your shoulder?"
Would I mind? My husband does not usually engage in recreational reading, so that he would be caught up in Orchard's writing rather than catching up on sleep, was a sign that we were reading the works of an incredibly talented writer.
Author Sandra Orchard is compelling in her ability to characterize. She does a masterful job at creating suspense, and I curled my toes as I pronounced a sentence on Edward, then Darryl, then the police chief, no, his father, and then on all of them collectively. Finally, I gave up being detective and tried a "back-door" approach to sleuthing (I'm not giving that secret away) but the point I'm trying to make is that Orchard swerved my thinking in a direction I would not have ordinarily pursed. My higher-order thinking surfaced and I correctly guessed who had murdered Daisy.
Writers 101 underscores "Show, not tell". Sandra Orchard has honed in that ability and showing is evident in "Deadly Devotion". I was ever mindful of the picture images and sensory usage in general. I don't drink tea but I tasted it in the novel. When the iceberg that crept into Tom and Hank's friendship caused Tom to debate if he should wear hats and mittens, I smiled at the unique word picture and understood all too well the strained relationship, having actually read this book in hats and mittens season.
When my husband asked me on the second day of our holiday who was the killer, I reminded him that I would not be reading until the return trip. He was so curious that he forgot and asked me twice again that week. A testimony to Sandra Orchard's ability to write creatively, intelligently, logically, and to mystify. "Deadly Devotion" is a skillfully crafted novel that I have now passed on to my teenager. If I collate the satisfaction derived from all three members of my family, I'd have to rate this book as 15 stars. I hope your family enjoys it as much. And though it is my first book by this author, it will not be my last. And though it is my first book by this author, it will not be my last.