This drew me in from the start, and I was well and truly engrossed right to the end. I really enjoyed this. Tommie wove intrigue, murder, suspense, and romance into a well-conceived and well-plotted thriller.
Shelley Goodnight becomes an unwitting suspect in the murder of a blackmailer, who happens to have been an office colleague. The blackmailee is very close to home… Deputy Clay Cameron is the honourable policeman who pieces things together and in whom Shelley not only puts her trust, but comes to rely on and falls for.
The story is compelling; Tommie leaves no loose threads and masterfully squeezes the right emotions from the reader for each of the characters—the good ones, the bad ones, the weak ones, and the greedy ones, and keeps you guessing about those with a huge question mark over their heads. I did like Shelley: the daughter of wealthy parents who has become used to a privileged life style with Daddy sorting her life out when it goes awry. I liked her for seeing that there was a real world beyond all that privilege and for turning her back on the bank of Mummy and Daddy. Standing on her on two feet made her grow up and become independent, not just financially, but emotionally as well. Clay Cameron was delightfully—in an old-fashioned way—honourable and upright, seeking to protect an innocent Shelley.
This was well-written: there was tension, action, and mystery keeping you enthralled right to the very end. This was my kind of book, and I’m going to read more from this author.