After her entanglement in several homicide investigations, psychologist Natalie Marsh is determined to avoid further trouble. But when her intern needs help monitoring and calming family drama for the duration of a party, Natalie steps up. After all, acting as a peacemaker at a fundraising gala seems relatively risk-free in comparison to her past escapades—what could happen at a dance? When an argument between feuding guests becomes assault, Natalie realizes the situation is more complicated than she anticipated, with one man at the center of it all: Rowan Montrose.
Four years ago, Rowan’s brother was convicted of murdering his wife. But Rowan believes there’s more to the story, suspecting that the real murderer is walking free. His romantic interest in the younger sister of a police detective renders him more determined than ever to clear the family name. Familiar with Natalie’s reputation, he seeks out her assistance. Natalie tries to decline—she’s no private detective—but as frightening incidents unfold, it’s clear she’s in the middle of this whether she wants to be or not, and breaking through the layers of deception that hide the truth may have lethal consequences.
I've been reading these Natalie Marsh mystery books since the very beginning and I'm always so excited to get a new one. Natalie is a character with smarts and a gift for patience but she is also a trouble magnet. And when I say trouble, I mean death and destruction kind of trouble. It's frightening. Just ask her husband. Poor guy. He is always put through the ringer. I don't know how they both don't have PTSD.
This mystery was so well crafted. I love suspecting everyone and finding the truth right along with the characters. This one had me so invested from beginning to end. The danger had a growing momentum that had me reading so fast, I had to purposely slow myself down. I was in such a hurry to find out the "who done it" that I was missing the good stuff. I'm impatient like that.
The ending was awesome. I loved how everything came together. I'm a fan of this author and her mysteries. So, so good.
This book releases on Nov. 2nd! It is part of a series and I think you will be happier if you read it in order because Natalie will feel like a friend and you will know her history. But, I think you could read it as a stand alone.
Content: violence, death, peril. Kissing.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.