Harlequin Intrigue, Dec 16 2014, $5.50
Diligent when he is on the job protecting government officials in danger from nut cases, Deputy US Marshal Brent Thompson obsessively uses his limited downtime seeking clues to the over two decades old murder of his mother to give to the Carlisle Sheriff’s Department. He knows that homicide shaped him, but also believes he and his sister moved on due to strong family support led by his maternal aunt. At a gala he attends in Chicago as a guest honoring a former client octogenarian Judge Kline, Gerald and Pamela Hennings, parents of another of Brent’s protected person defense attorney Penny who learns of the murder of Brent’s mother.
Hennings and Solomon (see The Prosecutor) law partner Gerald assigns his investigator (and former Miss Illinois runner-up) Jenna Hayward to work the Thompson cold case. FBI Special Agent Russ Voight (see The Defender) assists them. As they follow leads, Jenna and Brent are attracted to each other, but try to remain professionally focused.
The Marshal is an entertaining romantic intrigue that starts extremely slow but once the cast is set and the good guys teamed up, the storyline accelerates into a rousing suspense. Brent is a captivating character who believes he moved passed his mom’s murder until he meets Jenna and realizes he flees from commitments. Jenna starts off believing her twin peaks and looks make her an excellent sleuth, but learns her brain is more vital to her success. Adrienne Giordano provides an absorbing twisting murder mystery.