SPARKS by Susan Connell is one of Ms. Connell's new books. It's the story of one sister protecting another from a dishonorable husband and a cast of shady characters along the Jersey shore. Ms. Connell always makes the setting in her books so alive it could be a person. SPARKS uses the glitter and glamour of Atlantic City as vibrantly as if it was one of the showgirls in an extravaganza.
Erin Smith believes her sister’s husband Nickie has committed arson in the past to get insurance money, and that he’s going to do it again. Erin knows Nickie is a sleaze, but she can’t prove it. She wants her sister to open her eyes and divorce him before something bad happens to her.
Steve Hamilton worked the first arson case that went horribly wrong causing the deaths of two people. Given the chance to balance the scales, he jumps at it deciding to use Nickie’s wife and Erin’s sister, Zoe, to get the goods on Nickie.
Erin has no trust for Steve, aka medium Ronzoni, whom Zoe pours out her soul to. But when she sees him knocked out by men she knows are in cahoots with her brother-in-law, Erin reevaluates her beliefs and sparks begin to fly. Combining efforts with the undercover investigator, they two ferret out the truth, all the while trying to control their deepening attraction and the sparks snapping off each other.
Ms. Connell’s story pulls you into the bright lights of the casinos crystal chandeliers, but also takes you into the dark underbelly of life behind the scenes. The adventure and surprises SPARKS has will keep you on your toes. You’ll laugh out loud at times and fist pump at others as Erin and Steve search for justice and love.
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