Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Aug 5 2014, $5.50
Six months ago, Aurora Vice Detectives Duncan Cavanaugh and Noelle O’Banyon became partners. While he unsuccessfully tries to break down her relationship barriers, the single mom of six year old Melinda reinforces them due to the curse of her two fiancés dying just before they were to marry.
When Noelle’s mom Lucy arrives to watch Melinda, she tells her daughter that she was almost late because she found her senior citizen friend Henry dead at the nursing home. Lucy also mentions not too long ago another elderly friend Sally died. Wondering if a killer murdered two healthy seniors, Noelle persuades Duncan they should investigate; while he tries to convince her they belong together off the job too.
The latest fast-paced Cavanaugh Justice romantic police procedural (see Cavanaugh Baby and Cavanaugh Hero) is a great case in which the cops doubt murders have occurred, but are unwilling to risk a third victim. Though his family can be overwhelming (a zillion more in law enforcement than the NYPD Blue Blood Reagan crew), the partner’s robust teasing repartee engrosses the reader in this strong Cavanaugh mystery.