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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 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)