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Sara M. Barton is the author of several fast-paced mystery series, featuring lively characters, lots of action, and enough laughs to keep readers amused.
"Miz Scarlet" (Scarlet Wilson Mystery series) is a teacher-turned-innkeeper who throws herself into danger with a feisty determination to make things right. Her knack for finding trouble and her quick, often sarcastic, retorts often gets her into hot water. Relying on childhood cohorts "Captain Peacock" and "Colonel Grey Poupon" to help her follow the clues, she refuses to quit a case until she knows what really happened. That stubborn streak of hers could just get her killed. It’s a good thing she has the elderly “Googins girls” to look out for her, especially when the old sibling rivalry rears its ugly head, and she and brother Bur go at it like a cat and dog.
Deputy Gabriella Grimm (Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mystery series) is the only female member of the eight-person Latimer Falls Sheriff’s Department in rural Vermont, where there are more cows, goats, and chickens than people. The good-hearted, quick-thinking peace officer has her hands full when terrorists, organized criminals, and other bad guys wreak havoc with the peaceful village, but luckily she can count on some unexpected help from the handsome military man, Sam Hogan, and some good friends on the Vermont State Police SWAT team.
FBI Special Agent Henry Hartman (Off-the-Books Mystery series) is not your typical fed. He's an expert undercover man. His wife, Sydney Stansfield, an artist and interior decorator, often winds up as his bewildered sidekick, dragged into crises that result from his often dangerous investigations. Lucky for them they can call on the hilarious and creative Hartman Ladies -- Henry's adopted grandmother, great-aunt, mother, and aunt -- for backup.
Sara M. Barton is also known as The Practical Caregiver, offering helpful tips, information, and education for families providing care to a loved one on The Practical Caregiver Guides website and her Practical Caregiver blogs. She is the author of "The Practical Caregiver's Essential Guide: How to Help Someone You Love" and a short, free guide for caregivers providing end-of-life care called "The Practical Caregiver's Guide to Home Hospice", available at most digital retailers.
on Aug. 18, 2013 :
I have had this book for awhile on my kindle and I kept putting it off because I did not want to read about a liar. I should have just read it sooner. It was good.
The one reason he lies is because he is working undercover. He is always trying to out think the bad guys. They are everywhere. Plus he does not want to worry his family over his job.
Sydney has helped agent Henry Hartman with his cases for years now. She can play different parts very well. Henry also helped her with her ex-husband who was hiding assets from her. Sydney is basically alone now. She has enjoyed going to family events with Henry.
Henry's family is good at lying too. He has been raised by four older women after his mom was killed. Hope, Faith, Prudence and Charity.
The setting was a hotel in the middle of snow storm at Christmas.
The pacing was good. You were never sure what was really going on. Does Henry really want to marry Sydney. What does Sydney really want. The story unfolds and let us know what is really going on. At least what Sydney finds out.
This is a clean read. Lots of Drama unfolding, little action (especially compared to other mysteries that Sara has written. Lots of dialogs as the two talk about the past and what is happening now.
I am going to put the next book about Henry Hartman on my kindle so I can read it soon.
I believe I got the book free on smashwords while I had won other books by Sara M. Barton so I had downloaded it awhile back.
Published: Dec. 06, 2012 Words: 35,780 (approximate)Language: English ISBN: 9781301555956
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 29, 2012 :
A fun novella length read combining humour,romance and thriller elements.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 15, 2012 :
Again, Sara Barton had me giggling. Her characters are funny and relatable. "Henry Hartman's Holiday Crisis: An "Off-the-Books" Mystery #1" is a fun read with a great plot. I am looking forward to reading more adventures with Henry and Syd.
(reviewed the day of purchase)