Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dirty Little Secrets-Mallory Kane

Dirty Little Secrets

Mallory Kane

Harlequin Intrigue, Nov 19 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373697311

The murder of Louisiana State Senator Darby Sills at the French Quarter’s Louis Royale Hotel causes a media feeding frenzy over the homicide of a prominent politician compounded by sensationalism of scandal and corruption, and mindful of the famous Huey Long assassination. New Orleans Police Detectives Ethan Delancey and Dixon Lloyd lead the investigation while the former keeps safe the witness Elaine “Laney” Montgomery who is fortunate to be alive after also being shot.

Ethan’s brain tells him Laney is concealing something from him. Ethan’s heart tells him he is attracted to her. The inquiry finds many people with a motive to kill the corrupt politician and several with opportunity, but who is the shadowy scarecrow proves difficult to ascertain as family Dirty Little Secrets begin to surface that no one, including Laney, want revealed. As Ethan keeps her nearby, he and Laney fall in love, but first he must keep her alive from a persistent cold-blooded killer who seeks the fatal moment to silence the witness.

The latest Delancey Dynasty mystery (see Special Forces Father, Star Witness and Death of a Beauty Queen) is a strong police procedural in which the investigation and protection supersede the romance. Enhanced by the scandals that rock the state and with a vivid New Orleans location this action-packed story grips readers from start to finish.

Harriet Klausner

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