Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead

Avon Impulse. Sept. 2013. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9780062280886. $29.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Tessa James is an FBI agent on the way up. The FBI has been receiving cryptic messages for the past three years, and while everyone else has let the case grow cold, there is just something it that will not let Tessa put it away. So her chief gives her seven days to come up with a lead or turn in her badge. Tessa is expected to work with Matt Buchanan, a private investigator who is six years younger than she, gorgeous, self-confident, and completely wrong as relationship material. But they will have to work together to find a killer and put a stop to this crime spree—if there even is one.
VERDICT This romantic suspense novel from Diaz (Simon Says Die) is reminiscent of early Sandra Brown and Catherine Coulter, when those authors were still known as romance writers. The story here is not all about the romance yet the romance is not pushed aside as it would be in a harder-hitting mystery/suspense novel. A good selection from an author this reviewer expects to be big in the coming years.
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