Splendid New Suspense: Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

Deadly Devotion
(Port Aster Secrets, Book 1)
by Sandra Orchard
Copyright 2013
Revell Books
ISBN: 9781441241832
The Story:
Kate knows the truth is out there--but if she's right, that means a killer is out there too.

Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident--and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave 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 into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

My Thoughts:
Sandra Orchard, although not a "new" author is new to me and I have to say I'm a fan! Even though this book has very little romance it's high on the suspense and really had me stumped as to whodunnit. I was a little wary when I first started, thinking to myself that it was waaaay too easy and it was going to be a tough book to get through since I already had the case solved but I have never been more wrong. Sandra Orchard writes a mystery along the lines of a Castle script -- I really enjoyed all the twists and turns. I'll admit that the heroine was a little crazy for going after a killer pretty much on her own with no detective or police experience but I ended up liking her. I definitely am interested in the next book in the series especially since it appears that Kate, Tom, and the whole crew from Port Aster will be back at it again! If you're a fan of the cozy mystery then this is a title not to be missed!

“Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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Happy Reading!


  1. Excellent review! I'm trying to read more cozies--this might be a good choice!

    1. I'm going to read more cozies too if they're as good as this! Hope you enjoy!

      Renee C

  2. I'm a big fan of the suspense genre and am always looking for new authors and books. This one sounds good!

    1. Hope you enjoy, Sara! It's a great story!

      Renee C

  3. I'm glad you liked this one! It is on my TBR pile!


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