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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 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)