They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . .
and killers keep killing.
After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex–Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales—and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.
I didn’t know what to expect when Buried Secrets, the first book of Irene Hannon’s new Men of Valor series, came in the mail. This is the first title I’ve read by this particular author. What I’ve discovered is a talented writer whom I would gladly read again.
The prologue of this novel was pretty telling and therefore yielded a two-fold effect on me. First, it was an exciting way to start the book and it gave me, the reader, an immediate glimpse of the personalities of those involved. The second, and maybe not quite as positive, is that it took some of the mystery out of the story by revealing how many people are involved in the incident and their motives for covering it up. Nonetheless, I was hooked!
We meet Police Chief Lisa Grant and County Detective Mac McGregor on a construction site where human remains were recently unearthed. Mac and Lisa don’t exactly get off on the right foot, but it doesn’t take them long to smooth things over. I admit to having been worried when their initial thoughts towards one another were so juvenile. However, Hannon quickly redirects her characters to more substantive thinking while maintaining the flirty banter you would expect from a romance novel. In time, I found myself enjoying Mac’s charm and persistent attempts to woo Lisa.
Author Irene Hannon is gifted at scripting a super villain! From start to finish one character from the conspiracy trio grew progressively more cunning and evil. As this character earnestly strives to bury the past, the novel’s suspense intensifies. This results in the last third of the book being a “don’t-stop-can’t-put-it-down” page turner. The suspenseful and dramatic ending clenched a 4/5 star rating.
About the Author
Irene Hannon, who writes both romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 45 novels. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romantic fiction), a National Readers’ Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, a Retailers Choice Award, a Booksellers’ Best Award and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist.
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