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Sara M. Barton is the author of several fast-paced mystery and thriller series featuring lively characters, including the feisty, funny innkeeper and amateur sleuth, "Miz Scarlet"; the gutsy, good-hearted Deputy Gabby Grimm; artist/decorator Sydney Stansfield (wife of FBI gent Henry Hartman), and the former "Marigold Flowers", event planner, whose life in the WitSec program was anything but ordinary.
The author's passion for writing fiction comes through each tale. "There is nothing sweeter than sticking characters in the hot seat and making them find their way out of the darkness. I'm fascinated by human behavior and I love to see characters grow as they go through tough times. Life is never fair, but I believe in heroes, those people who don't take no for an answer, who put the greater good ahead of 'me, me, me'. But most of all, I enjoy a good story, seasoned with action, memorable characters, unpredictable behavior, and a monkey wrench big enough to jam up the best laid plans. It's the perfect human storm."
on Nov. 13, 2013 :
Henry and Syd are on their honeymoon. They are also on the run. Henry is an FBI agent, who has discovered a group of crooked cops. The problem is the cops know Henry is on to them.
For some reason known only to himself, Henry decides they need a dog. So with the dog Boondoggle in tow they make an escape.
We have car chases, we have car swaps, we have changed identities and by the way, the groom is doing all of this with his arm in a cast.
When they assume the dust has settled, they find a nice place to live. Syd is in her glory decorating their new home. But are they really safe?
When Henry decides to have the women in his life come down for Easter, he hopes to convince them to stay. This causes problems of a different nature. Who is going to live where and what will that home look like?
This book was funny in many places but that does not mean it was not without its frightening moments. I am looking forward to their next adventure.
I received this, the second book in tithe series for free in exchange for this honest review, but I liked it so much I had to purchase the first book in the series which is equally good. A good and entertaining read. I recommend it and will definitely read it more than once. When I went to publish this review, I found and purchased book 3.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2013 :
Sydney has recently married Henry Hartman, er ... Kimbal or any of the other alias names her new husband works under, you see Henry is a tongue-in-cheek FBI agent. Syd has had a rough time of marriage, since her first was to a mobsters son whom she put through dental school at her own expense. For her trouble her ex tried to have her murdered to collect on the insurance... but now, Henry has saved her and bought her a cute dog to boot--or has he? To answer; the couple romp through a series of hilarious compromisingly dangerous situations that are a laugh a minute. I thoroughly enjoyed the art of comedy painted by the author as she colors each event in sharp evocative and truly funny prose. I will be reading more from this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)