A Bodyguard to Remember by Alison Bruce *Review and Giveaway
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A Bodyguard to Remember
by Alison Bruce
Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner. But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody. Pru has so many questions spinning through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are the spies after her? Oh, and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?
A tall, solid man in a dark suit and darker overcoat was waiting for me. He flashed a badge.
“I’m Detective Sergeant Merrick. Would you come with me?”
Would I? The man looked more like a mob enforcer than a cop. He was beefy enough, that if you put him in the right uniform, he could be a Starfleet marine. Or, he could have been the killer.
“Would you show me your badge again?” I asked, sudden fear gnawing at me. My flight response was ready to kick in.
He pulled out his badge again, this time holding it steady while I examined it. Not City Police Services or OPP, it was an RCMP badge.
“It’s a matter of national security, Ms. Hartley, not a matter I wish to discuss on the street.”
I stared, slack-jawed. He had the build of a marine, the voice of Mr. Spock, and the dialogue of a ‘Man in Black’.
He gave me a slight smile, a lift to one side of his mouth that indicated understanding rather than humour. For a moment I was afraid he could read my mind.
“This is getting surreal,” I muttered.
“It’s all too real, Ms. Hartley.”
“A Bodyguard To Remember,” an enjoyable book about a single mother who finds herself in the midst of police investigation after finding a dead man in her home. And of course, the protective Sergeant, who could be doing more then just protecting! Good read and kept me reined in, but seemed very long and detailed. The author keeps you on your toes with suspects and guessing until the very end. Its three fangs from me!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she’s held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes.
Alison writes mysteries, romantic suspense and historical western romance. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations and to learn from adversity.
Copywriter and editor since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer. In addition to writing, she is the Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, Arthur Ellis Awards Administrator, and part-time tech guru to the technologically challenged.
Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical western romance novels.
Links & Stuff
Crime Writers of Canada http://www.crimewriterscanada.com
Alison’s mystery and suspense novels are listed in the CWC online catalogue.