When Kelly Johnson’s husband disappears, her perfect world in the Foxrock suburb of Dublin falls apart. Then she stumbles on a dead body in the graveyard behind her house.
A coincidence? Garda Sergeant Mike West thinks so until he finds a link between the dead body and Kelly’s missing husband.
And then to add to the problem, Kelly disappears.
The investigation takes West first to Cornwall and then to Cork, on the trail of a tangled case involving identity theft, blackmail and illegal drugs. And as if the complications of the case weren’t enough there is the constant, irritating – and definitely unsuitable – attraction, to the beautiful Kelly, who will keep disappearing!.
Close Ranks the next installment of the Garda West novels is now available.
“Exciting Start To A New Series”
Five Star Review on Amazon By booklover
Kelly Johnson’s husband disappeared 3 months ago. She waits for his return … eating, bathing, almost breathing is forgotten in her grief. On the one day she manages to leave the house. she discovers a dead man in the graveyard behind her home … only this man has never been buried.
Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate and finds a link from the dead man to Kelly’s missing husband … and then she goes missing.
Mike West is intense and detail oriented. Kelly started out as someone I really didn’t care for much … but I didn’t see the inner strength she somehow finds. And the greater strength she exhibits when she finds out who the man she married really is.
West feels an attraction to Kelly, but being the solid profession he is, that is put on the back burner.
Story line is solid …. running from Dublin to Cork to Cornwall and back again. And when it’s found that identity theft is also involved, all those secondary characters become much more important.
A very good story, well-written, no fluff. I’m looking forward to reading Book 2 in the series …. Close Ranks….
My thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity who furnished the digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
About the Author
Valerie Keogh is a qualified nurse with a BA in English and an MA in American Literature. She continues to work as a nurse and writes when she can, some days pages, some days just a few words.
The initial idea for Nicola Connolly came at work one day while she was throwing away unused medication. She wondered what someone could do with it, and came up with the idea for the novel, Deadly Sleep.
Nicola, one of her colleagues, encouraged her, and as a reward, she stole her name!
Connolly, is from John Connolly, one of her favourite authors.
The idea for That One May Smile, came from the churchyard near her home – a photograph of which was used for the cover shot.
The skull, on the cover on the Nicola Connolly novels, came from an antique shop in Falmouth which was why she decided to make that the location for The Devil has Power.