Sunday, June 09, 2013

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard


Deadly Devotion

By Sandra Orchard

 

In the first installment in the Port Aster Secrets series, Deadly Devotion weaves a web of intrigue around the sleepy town of Port Aster and the death of a research scientist. While police believe it to be a suicide, evidence mounts that leads Kate Adams to believe it had to be murder.  Suspicions lead to danger as Kate struggles to uncover the truth.  Full of suspense, Deadly Devotion will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Research scientists Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies.  Kate knows that if it hadn’t been for Daisy’s mentorship, she wouldn’t have the job she loves or the faith she clings to.  So when police rule Daisy’s death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.

Sandra Orchard is an active member in American Christian Fiction Writers, The Word Guild, Romance Writers of America and a local writing group. She recently participated in the Writers’ Police Academy for hands-on training and simulations at a police training facility. She is the author of Shades of Truth, Critical Condition, which won the 2012 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for it’s series and Deep Cover, which won the Canadian Christian Writing Award for romance in June 2012 and was recognized as one of the top five novels of the year by Family Fiction magazine. Orchard has also received a Daphne DuMaurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense in both the inspirational category and for best score overall. She lives in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. To find out more, please visit www.sandraorchard.com.

Endorsements for Deadly Devotion and Sandra Orchard

 

"When I read Sandra Orchard's Deadly Devotion, I was pulled into her romantic suspense and couldn't put it down. She crafted a compelling plot with intriguing characters that swept me up into their lives."-- Margaret Daley, author of the Men of the Texas Rangers series

"Sandra Orchard has crafted a clever whodunit mixed with a sweet romance. This makes for a story you won't put down until the end--and then only because you have to. Looking forward to book two!"-- Lynette Eason, bestselling and award-winning author of the Deadly Reunions series
Here is my review of this fantastic read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sandra Orchard and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Deadly Devotion" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Deadly Devotion” by Sandra Orchard is the first novel in the Port Aster Secrets series. From its opening pages, a complex murder mystery is intricately woven and captures the reader like a spider web. I found myself actually talking to the characters, telling them to speak up or change their thinking based on their internal monologue. I invested quickly in leading lady, Kate Adams, as she fought to have her friend and mentor’s passing recognized as murder rather than suicide. The narrative that placed me right in the midst of the action like a fly on the wall (or in that web I mentioned earlier), and I grew frustrated just as Kate did.

This is a fast-paced page turner, a solid suspense read that promises to be a wonderful series. It’s filled with gutsy characters, dimensional sets and heart-pumping situations. It’s a great read whether you’re looking to be simply entertained or would prefer to be an armchair sleuth for the weekend. I will be looking for – and recommending – Sandra Orchard’s books.

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