Tyler Anne Snell
Harlequin Intrigue, Mar 17 2015, $5.50
Culpepper, Florida Police Detectives Braydon Thatcher and Tom Langdon lead the investigation into missing Amanda Alcaster, whose mom filed the missing person’s report. Cal Green the mechanic calls the station to report his conscientious secretary Trixie Martin has not come to work in two days. In his office, irate out-of-towner Sophia Hardwick demands Braydon find her older sister Lisa. Sophia explains Lisa failed to visit her to celebrate her birthday and the latter’s boyfriend Richard Vega called her asking if she was with her; they believe that flighty Lisa was too happy to run away.
Braydon realizes the three females seem to share nothing in common except vanishing and that this case eerily reminds him of what happened over a decade ago. As the cops make inquiries, Braydon makes grilled cheese for two. However, Braydon fears for Sophia’s safety and what will happen to the vanished trio if it not too late already.
This is an exciting romantic suspense starring two wonderful protagonists whose first meeting is awesome. Even as we know who the culprit is long before the cops do, the police procedural Manhunt grips subgenre fans from the moment the she-cat rips skin from the detective and never slows down until a terse confrontation.