Author – Karma Lei Angelo
Genre – Mystery, Suspense
244 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 4/13/2018
No. 16 - 2018
My Impressions: violent, girly sleuth, intense,
Detective Ameena Jardine – Forensic Geomorphologist, Major Crimes Investigative Services Bureau.
Conrad – Deputy Director, Ameena's boss
Tony Asserbbo – DEA agent.
Ameena Jardine has changed careers at age forty after her undercover agent husband was murdered and she was shot. She chose to retrain in law enforcement over her civil engineering job and moved her children from Texas to New Hampshire to be with her mother and step-father. Several corpses lead to conclusions that a secret international drug cartel, the Fasciata Order, that few people have any information on, is behind those and many other deaths. How this highly sophisticated gang has evaded detection worldwide for decades is the biggest mystery here.
Tony falls in love with Ameena at their first meeting, and she has reciprocal feelings. But for vague reasons she resists his advances and keeps him at arm's length.
This is not a stand-alone story; it ends without a conclusion. To learn more, you'll need to buy the next installment of the trilogy. It appears to be one long story chopped into three novels.
There is occasional hard-core cursing, mostly by Ameena as she attempts to come off as tough in a "man's job".
The story reminds me more of a 'Cozy Mystery' than Suspense. Ameena is extremely emotional. Most female readers should enjoy it, but many males will find it slow and carrying too much emotional baggage.
The editing is weak with too many missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words used. It's not terrible but far from perfect. Some sentence structures are clumsy and confusing and take rereading.
Details of issues I wanted to know more about are lacking.
Research on body art, poison and the blue octopus is good.
The writing style is wordy with too many passive sentences.
The plot is interesting but wordiness drags it down.
I communicated to the author and she assured me the editing has been improved and the inordinate number of passive sentences were dealt with.
In spite of its shortfalls in the original issue, I did enjoy the story and recommend it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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