Harmful Intent: The Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy, Book One Kindle Edition
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Unexpected packages, blind alleys that lead no where, a stubborn detective who irritates the other constantly, and a smidgen of interest in the other all make for a draw-you-in book that will have you reading long after you should have been in bed. Nike's characters are strong, likeable, and often times quirky and funny, who you'll root for--or hate, her plots are twisted and interesting, and the danger and grit are the real-meat of any true crime fictionistic reader.
Ronnie's husband is out of town on a motivational speaking engagement so Ronnie decides to visit an old college friend in Texas. When Ronnie enters her friend's bridal boutique, she finds her husband Mark in a heavy embrace with her BFF. The shock almost knocks her to her knees, and the explanations of their "love" and Mark's desire for a divorce leave Ronnie in shambles until she learns she's the prime suspect in his murder.
Ronnie has little time to adjust to the shock of his and her "friend's" affair, to grieve his death because she truly loved him, or to ask herself what she did to deserve his betrayal because she's knee deep in the investigation as soon as she casts aside the suspicions about her involvement in his death.
Deputy Dawson Hughes must quickly learn she's unwilling to sit by and let law enforcement handle the investigation, and although she frustrates him no end, he realizes she's a proven investigator and turns up new leads, handles her Glock like a pro, but can get herself in dangerous situations without even trying. His protective instincts grow as they uncover a package in her husband's hotel room they never expected to find. But someone else did.
Harmful Intent by Nike Chillemi, the first in the Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes and P.I. Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels series, will be followed by Deadly Designs. A fun little mystery with the typical banter you'd expect from an all-male Texas lawman and a spunky Brooklyn private eye, the story gives the reader small snatches of the backgrounds of these two individuals leaving the door wide open for more personal character development and relationship enhancement in future books. The chemistry is solid, the hero is strong, the heroine is street-mart with just enough vulnerability to keep her sympathetic. Peripheral characters add flavor and intrigue. Perhaps Ronnie's former friend is a tad over the top, but if you're looking for a summer-lite read with a touch of meaningful wedged in between the storyline, Harmful Intent is the book for you.
You know what I loved the most about this book, the thing that sets it above most of the books I've read lately? It's the heart of the thing, and Ronnie Ingels is the heart. Despite the fact that her job often brings her nose to nose with the worst in human nature, Ronnie still has room to like and trust her fellow man. And despite the differences between her home culture and the culture into which she's dunked in the course of the story, she doesn't come off superior or aloof. She's open to being charmed, and because of that, she charms the reader. If Ronnie had had a different outlook on life, she could have seen the natives as ignorant savages rather than as decent people.
The author's bio says she lives in NYC (I forget which part) and, as this is my first Chillemi, I was a bit worried about how she'd present Texas and Texans, so often the butt of hateful jokes. But I worried for naught, because the author brought forward the best--Hoot, Bertha, Thunder, hospitality, innocence, optimism--as well as the worst. I won't name the worst characters, because this is a mystery, after all. Suffice it to say that someone has done murder, and murder in support of other, more profitable crimes. So the criminals exhibit selfishness, greed, dishonesty, and downright cold-heartedness. Still, there are more good, lovable characters than there are despicable ones, and I like that. A whole lot.
Rumor has it that there will be more stories for Ronnie and the adorable Dawson Hughes, and let me tell you that I will be on board for those, too.
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