Review: Dark Harbor & Random Acts of Greed


Someone wants reporter Madelyn Sawyer to leave the small coastal town she’s just arrived in—even if it takes hurting her. But she won’t give up her goal of investigating Waterman’s Reach’s new police chief that easily. Madelyn assumes that former big-city detective Zach Davis—who some believe is a murderer involved in a drug-trafficking ring—is behind the threat. Who else would have a motive? But as bullets fly Madelyn’s way, it’s Zach who keeps saving her life. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she wants to tell the handsome lawman why she’s really in town. But if she does, will she lose his trust…and any hope of surviving long enough to bring the real killer to light?

Review: I had a hard time getting into this book. Madelyn seemed wishy-washy, which I know is how she was supposed to seem, but it irritated me. As the suspense escalated, I became more involved in the book and enjoyed it more. I connected more with Zach than Madelyn throughout the story. I guess I just like strong heroines.

Rating: 4 roses

Help me. Don’t trust anyone.

Do-gooder Holly Anna Paladin can’t believe her eyes when a healthy baby boy is left on her doorstep. What seems like good fortune quickly turns into concern when blood spatter is found on the bottom of the baby carrier. Something tragic—maybe deadly—happened in connection with the infant. The note left only adds to the confusion. What does it mean by “Don’t trust anyone”?

Holly is determined to figure out the identity of the baby. Is his mom someone from the inner-city youth center where she volunteers? Or maybe the connection is through Holly’s former job as a social worker? Even worse—what if the blood belongs to the baby’s mom?

Every answer Holly uncovers only leads to more questions. A sticky web of intrigue captures her imagination until she’s sure of only one thing: she must protect the baby at all cost.

Review: I love Holly.  Book 4 In the Holly Anna Paladin Mysteries series…Random Acts of Greed follows in the same vein as the other Random Acts books by Christy Barritt–humorous, dangerous, mysterious, and a bit heart-wrenching. And once again Holly is in the middle of a case through no fault of her own. She works through the issues, faces things head-on, and is an all-around good person who cares for the people around her. She has real fears, real issues, and real responses.

Once again, Christy made me love a mystery. I can’t wait for the next Holly installment. She’s such a great character, and I love reading her stories.

Rating: 5 roses

I received these books from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading,

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