Author: Michelle Woody
Publisher: JMS Books
Length: 205 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Snapdragon kept me totally intrigued. For me, this was a solid serial murder mystery with plenty of fast paced action, descriptive fight scenes and a variety of emotions for the central characters.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Private detective Chris Mason thought he only had to worry about his brother Dylan discovering he was dating Homicide detective James Harris. Dylan and their best friend, Ron Abrams, don’t like James, and Chris has to handle their animosity towards his lover. But then Chris is targeted by a serial killer who leaves snapdragons with his victims.
James leads the Snapdragon investigation as head detective. As each murder links Dylan and Ron to the killings, James questions Ron’s motives and his connections to Chris. Ron’s pet name for Chris has always been Snapdragon. Could there be more behind Ron’s playful teases than Chris knows?
When Ron’s attraction to Chris is exposed, their friendship totters. Is a darker side to Ron revealed? Could he be involved with the Snapdragon murders? And will Chris be able to solve the case before he becomes the killer’s next victim?
Review: Dylan Mason and Ron Abrams are friends and former cops. They left the Spring Harbor PD when they felt something wasn’t right, and started Mason & Abrams Detective Agency. Chris, Dylan’s younger brother, has been working as an assistant PI with Dylan and Ron for two years, but this is the first time he’s had a bad feeling about a case. And those bad feelings aren’t wrong when he finds himself being attacked by a killer. Chris finds that he has more protectors than he can deal with, though—Dylan and Ron, who has a strange connection to Chris, and Detective James Harris, a former co-worker of Dylan and Ron’s, who is not well liked by either of them.
There were hard feelings when a particular case was solved—some fellow officers felt that they had been slighted in the recognition. Harris was one of those officers, and he raises his suspicions with Dylan and Ron. Chris doesn’t believe Harris has done anything wrong. He and James have had a long-standing friendship, which has led to a first date, which doesn’t make Dylan very happy.
As the killer gets closer, we find that he knows just too much about Chris and Ron, as well as the nickname Snapdragon. The killer keeps Dylan and Ron on the run, and in hiding from the police, as they’ve been set up for a crime they did not commit. And it seems that everywhere Chris tries to find a safe place to hide, the killer is hot on his trail. Harris, Dylan and Ron have to overlook the animosity between them to protect Chris. Chris’s world is turned upside down as he has to decide between loyalty to Dylan and what his feelings really are for Harris. Ron weighs heavy on his mind too; just what secret is he hiding?
Snapdragon is my first read by author Michelle Woody, and the story kept me totally intrigued. For me, this was a solid serial murder mystery with plenty of fast paced action, descriptive fight scenes and a variety of emotions for the central characters. Even with the moments of suspicion of the main characters, there were enough secondary characters that it kept me guessing. The reveal of the murderer and the motive was a total surprise for me. I’m hoping for another good mystery from this author.
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