Sanctuary In Chef Voleur
Harlequin Intrigue, Jun 17 2014, $5.50
In Dowdie, Texas Stephanie Clemens needs a liver transplant or very soon she will die from cirrhosis. Her daughter Hannah Martin overhears her mom’s boyfriend Billy Joe Campbell arranging an illegal deal. Hannah confronts Billy Joe who kidnaps her mom placing her in peril as she must have dialysis. Not long afterward, gang chieftain Sal Ficone’s enforcer with the red tattoo demands Billy Joe give him the missing money and drugs or else. When Billy Joe blames Hannah and admits abducting Stephanie, the man kills him. Frightened, Hannah drives until she reaches Chef Voleur off of Lake Pontchartrain where her mom’s friend Kathleen lives.
Instead of her BFF, Mackellis Griffin answers her knock. She asks for Kathleen who died twenty years ago. D&D Security P.I. Mack thinks the visitor is trouble and lets her leave, but feels guilty so does some research into her and her mom. Meanwhile Hannah realizes that Billy Joe’s car she drove to escape is where he hid the drugs; so the man with the red tattoo will come for her. Instead Metairie PD arrests Hannah for possession of a stolen vehicle and illegal narcotics. Mack arrives as her attorney and asks the judge to release her into his recognizance. While the pair dodges the red tattoo killer breaking the conditions of her bail, D&D Security search for her mom.
The latest Delancey Dynasty romantic suspense (see Gone and Dirty Little Secrets) is a terrific woman in peril from both sides of the law thriller that never slows down until the epilogue. Mack is a born protector mostly because of what happened to his mom years ago that still haunts him, and Hannah needs his protection.