Harlequin Intrigue, Jan 11 2011, $4.99
Former FBI Agent turned New Mexico private investigator Laura Perry visits her childhood BF but not forever Nancy near Flagstaff, Arizona. She arrives as a man stumbles out of Nancy’s home. Inside she finds Nancy naked and dead. Laura vows to catch Nancy’s killer who she assumes is the man who left as she arrived; he mumbled she was too late for herself as well as her friend.
Detective Travis Blacksheep works the serial case that Laura has become personally interested in. They were teen buddies watching each other’s back. Now she offers herself up as bait though unaware she needn’t do so as the killer already has focused on her; while Travis and his big dog Crusher watch her back.
The second exciting Long Mountain Heroes (see Alpha Warrior starring Travis’s older brother Nick) is an engaging investigative serial killer thriller. The key to this entertaining and powerful tale is the realism of the relationship between the lead couple outside of the case which remains mostly in the background as ending a reign of terror comes first. Aimee Thurlo fans will relish her latest romantic mystery.