(A Berry Springs Novel)
Publication date: December 4th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance
Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.
While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.
Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.
If you like shows like NCIS or reading who done it stories, you are going to like The Fog by Amanda McKinney. Wesley Cross is all alpha male who is being set up for murder in a small town. If he has any chance of saving his backside, he needs to play nice with forensic entomologist Gweneth Reece. Alpha female herself, she puts down guys like Wesley. They soon learn they work well together, not only professionally, but romantically too.
There are a few references to the fog in the story but I don’t feel that it was such a main character that you would relate it to the title. What I did enjoy was who the killer really is. No spoiler but it wasn’t who I thought it would be. I liked all the relationships in the small town. It felt homey. The romance was very much like a Lifetime movie. I liked that they took their time and didn’t jump straight into bed. This book was lots of fun with twists throughout. I enjoyed this quick read and you will too.
Award-winning author of romantic suspense and mystery, Amanda McKinney wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries peppered with steamy love scenes, and include the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES and the BLACK ROSE MYSTERY SERIES, with many more to come.
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