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Hidden Fire (Pine Hills Police Book 2) by [Odell, Terry]
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Book 2 of 5 in Pine Hills Police (5 Book Series)
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From the Author

In the mystery genre, which is a favorite of mine, books tend to run in series featuring a protagonist and a group of secondary characters that grow throughout the series.  People may come and go, relationships may change, but the books build on each other.  Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Sue Grafton, P.J. Parrish, Barbara Parker, Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance --- the list goes on, and I have all of them on my shelves (and as I discover more series characters, more and more are going onto my e-reader as well, because there's only so much room in the house, and only so many trees I'm willing to feel guilty about killing).

In romance, though, 'series' tend to be spin-offs rather than series.  There might be hints and references to what happened before, but the major players in book 2 were probably secondary characters in book 1.  Allison Brennan, Karen Rose, Catherine Coulter's FBI series, Roxanne St. Claire's "Bullet Catchers" - they're all stand alone books that have roots elsewhere. Suzanne Brockmann's "Troubleshooters" books seem to straddle both categories.

When I wrote Finding Sarah, I hadn't envisioned it as a series of any sort.  However, when I finished, one of the secondary characters, Colleen McDonald, wanted her own story, which ended up being Starting Over. I picked her up and moved her across the country, with only the vaguest references to what had happened before she left Pine Hills--and her trigger for moving was not part of Finding Sarah at all.  Also, I wasn't sure I'd be able to sell Finding Sarah, and I didn't need a book 2 if there was no book 1.


Randy and Sarah insisted they weren't done yet.  Another dilemma.  Hidden Fire was going to be another romantic suspense, but my hero and heroine already knew each other and were already in the typical HEA required by the genre.  How to begin?  I put the two of them together and let them go. To maintain the conflict and tension of the relationship, I fast-forwarded a few months, and pulled Randy out of the scenario letting Sarah re-evaluate the relationship. After all, she'd spent most of Finding Sarah wanting to be independent.  Second thoughts, anyone?


But the fun in the writing was in being able to start the book with something steamier than a typical contemporary romance, since they were already in a relationship. And, I got to send them down to Eureka and Arcata, where we'd vacationed, adding to the setting and letting me use some of the local scenery.

About the Author

Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles and now makes her home in Divide, Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted, in books, television, and the movies. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance.

However, her entry into the world of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when her son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "good mother" she began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fanfiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, one brave weekend, she wrote her first short story.

Things snowballed and soon she was writing her first original novel. Much later, she mentioned something about a recent Highlander episode to her son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought the concept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.

With a degree in Psychology from UCLA, she loves getting into the minds of her characters, turning them loose in tight spots and seeing what they do. Too often, they surprise her.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1516 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1496162455
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P49DXG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the first book in this series and would have rated it 4.5 if I could have. This book gets a similar rating just because again, the story centers on a detective that breaks rules and goes outside protocol seemingly without much pushback.

It does stretch the imagination that all these things are happening to the same person as in the last book but if you can get past that, then you'll enjoy this book. I did buy the 3rd book, mostly because I wanted to see how the series was going to continue and I'd give it a similar rating.

I do wish Sarah wasn't so whiny about deciding whether to have a relationship with a police officer though. At some point she needed to put on her big girl panties and quit complaining.
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HIDDEN FIRE follows Finding Sarah (Pine Hills Police)in the Pine Hill Police series. Another well written story by prolific author Terry Odell.

I like the main characters; Sarah and Randy and enjoyed the first book more than the second, but that's just my preference. Detective Randy Detweiler just returned from a six week training session when a body is discovered with his face shot off. Finding the killer makes it hard when the authorities can't identify the victim.

In addition, the town council is considering disbanding the local police force and farming the work out to the county police. Randy, his partner Kovak, and the Chief are under pressure to solve the killing and prove that to the council that it would be detriment to the town to close its force.

Sarah becomes a suspect in another crime that runs parallel to the murder. While she helps the detectives solve these crimes, her and Randy find themselves in real trouble and running for their lives.

A very good plot with the usual suspense, mystery and romance ingredients. I just started the third book in this series, Saving Scott, and it's also really good.
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If anyone liked 'finding sarah' (book 1 in the Pine Hills Police series) you should like 'hidden fire' . A little annoying with her 'independence' but people are silly at the start of relationships. Still enough good twists and turns to keep me interested and reading.
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I don't read many romance novels, but this one sounded too good to pass up, and since the romance revolved around a mystery, I thought I'd give it a try. The sex was a little explicit, but not too disturbingly so. The characters were extremely likeable, as was the story.
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I received this book in return for an honest review.

I am greatly enjoying this series, and I especially appreciate the fact that each book stands alone. It’s not necessary to read Saving Sarah in order to understand Hidden Fire, nor was there a cliff-hanger ending. Yea! (But I highly recommend Saving Sarah. It’s good!) Again, the characters were deeply drawn, the pacing was page-burning, and the return trip to Pine Hills was pleasant.

I have to say, however, that for a small town with no crime, they’ve certainly kept police detective Randy Detweiler busy solving murders and… well, read Hidden Fire. I’m not telling what was in those broken mugs in Sarah’s shop, That Special Something.
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"Hidden Fire" by Terry Odell is a romantic thriller filled with love and mystery. This is a fun book with a truly perplexing crime. The crime investigation develops at a good pace and even involves complications of rotten co-workers and local politics. Especially interesting is the business of the female protagonist who owns a shop that sells pottery. Throughout the book they work out problems of commitment and career and are funny and scared enough that the reader will want to see them together for a long time.
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This second book of the series is not as exciting as the first one. On the positive side, it's nice to have characters like Kovac and Maggie have a bigger part in the story. Another positive thing is the narrator of this audio version, who does a great job again, despite the story's shortcomings. On the negative, Sarah has become a bit annoying and her involvement in the criminal plot (yet again) is somehow disappointing. Not terribly satisfied with the story as a whole, but not terribly disappointed either. Like I have said on other reviews: if I had been reading this in its printed version, I probably would have given up, but having a very good narrator tell me the story with all the nuances of the dialogue and the plot made me want to keep on listening.
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I loved this book. The series is great and I have read all the books so far and can't wait for the next book in the series. It is intense yet with romance and a happy ending. I love this type of book. The author writes in detail and keeps the book interesting. Because of the Pine Hills series I am now reading all the books written by Terry Odell.
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