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Untraceable (Tracers #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,404 ratings  ·  302 reviews


Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discov

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Published November 24th 2009 by Pocket Star (first published November 2nd 2009)
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My favorite genres are romance and mystery so you would think that I’d be a big reader of romantic suspense. Not really. In my opinion, it takes a gifted writer to combine the romance and the mystery so one plot doesn’t take over the other. Sadly, this is what happened here. Add to that the first in the series syndrome where there are tons of characters with neon signs pointing ‘I will be the hero/heroine in a future book!’ and you have a rambling romance where the hero and heroine didn’t spend ...more
Jane Stewart
4.5 stars. Intelligent, clever ideas, things I haven’t heard before. Excellent romantic suspense.

Alexandra (Alex) is a private detective working mostly for insurance companies, but her passion is helping women disappear from abusive husbands – think civilian run witness protection program. She’s a computer whiz. She helped Melanie disappear, but Melanie broke the rules and returned to her home town. Alex believes Melanie has been killed. Alex asks homicide cop Nathan to help her inve
This book was a random buy at Wal-Mart. I felt like buying a book and this one looked interesting, especially since it was a romantic suspense book. I hadn't read anything by this author before so I wasn't sure what I'd get. I ended up liking the book quite a bit. It was pretty good.

Series Note:
This book is the first book in Griffin's new "Tracers" series, but the book also has ties to other books by Griffin, with continuing characters and whatnot.

Alexandra Lovell is a private investiga
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Okay, I'm going to try and keep this review short... no, really, I'm going to try and keep this review short. I'm not kidding!

Untracable (Tracers #1)

General Impressions, Thoughts, Feelings, etc...

If you are big on Feminist issues, you will be caught in a juxta position. That means you'll have to tape some brown paper around it so nobody can see what you are reading because, once you start it, you'll want to finish it.

This book turned out to be a delightful read. I liked the female lead initial
Manda Collins
A fast-paced, sexy romantic suspense read. Nathan and Alex are stubborn--well, moreso Alex than Nathan--but they will have you cheering for their happy ending when the suspense is finally over. Nobody writes wounded but strong heroines and the rugged heroes who love them better than Laura Griffin.
Ron Hummer
I guess my first question is that I’m under the impression that this is supposed to be a series of books by Laura Griffin. In this case, this would mean that since the main character is Alexandra Lovell, you would think that the next book that would follow would have her as a character. Yet when I read a synopsis of the next book, it’s about Elaina McCord, an FBI profiler. If you move to the next book, you will see that the main character is Mia Voss.
I don’t understand why this would be refer
Untraceable by Laura Griffin
Romantic Suspense -Nov. 24th, 2009
4 stars

Laura Griffin has written another outstanding romantic suspense! This story is sure to be a hit because it is: intelligent, detailed, and filled with high tension.

In Untraceable the indomitable P.I. Alexandra Lovell fears one of the women she has helped escape her abusive husband has been murdered. The problem is Alex can’t find the body! When she visits the victim’s home and finds traces of blood just before it is explodes,
Lady Heather

I was first introduced to Alex Lovell in Whisper of Warning and I really liked her character. She's strong, intelligent, dedicated and loyal to the bone (all of my favorite characteristics in a lead female).
So as soon as I discovered that Alex had her own book, well I just had to read it.

... and then there's Nathan Devereaux (my sexy, Cajun homicide detective working in Austin, TX). *sigh* This book just got soo much better!

I was not disappointed!

Great story, writing, and characters. I will def
Smileyluvsbooks (Faz)
Going to give this book 2 and 1/2 stars.
This story had Soo much more potential! I loved certain aspects of it. I thought that the romance between the two main characters was good and I liked how it developed. To be honest, the main reason I read this book was because of the relationship between a private investigator and a cop. It intrigued me, but I was disappointed.

Firstly, I felt as though there were many things that were addressed in the story, but were never finished. (view spoiler)
I thought the mystery plot was pretty decent. The romance was a little blah; I couldn't really feel any connection between (or even with) the characters. I also had trouble with Alex's overall attitude toward Nathan. She has no hard proof, yet she is upset that Nathan has to follow police procedures in investigating the case?

I am slightly intrigued by the Delphi Center, so I may read the next book in this series.
The first in the Tracers series by Laura Griffin. A wonderful start for the series. I am looking forward to upcoming additions to this series. Great blend of suspense and romance.
May 28, 2012 Carrie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carrie by: nook spotlight author at b&n
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Kathy Davie
First in the Tracers suspense series.

The Story
Alex Lovell is furious. A woman she had helped to escape an abusive husband has come back to town and is now missing. Asking Nathan Devereaux, a local cop, for help seems to have been a mistake. After all, her main suspect is Melanie's husband, a fellow cop.

And then Troy Stockton, an old boyfriend and true crime writer, steps in to introduce her to the Delphi Center, a lab with state-of-the-art equipment who could user her incredible computer skills.
My first book by Laura Griffin and I have to say I loved it! I loved her easy going writing and this book was definitely well written and grabs your attention. Can't wait to read more by her....

Meet PI Alex Lovell who is one of the top PI's around. She is very good at making her clients disappear, whether it be from an abusive husband or something else. Melanie, one of her clients was one that she helped try to get away from her abusive cop husband. But, when Melanie disappears for real and isn'
I've been on a huge romantic suspense kick lately and in my opinion no one does it better than Laura Griffin. I accidentally read the books totally out of order and while it did probably color the way I saw certain characters, I thought that all the books worked well as stand alone novels.

The Good:
- I love that Laura Griffin writes strong, smart female characters. While I love a good alpha male in my suspense books I've gotten tired of novels that don't have female protagonists who can hold thei
Very captivating romantic suspense. Alex is a P.I. who's main work is insurance fraud, but her passion seems to be helping abused women disappear from their abusers. She finds out that one of these woman has blown her cover and is now in great danger. In comes Nathan, PD Detective, who at first is very skeptical that there is anything going on with Alex's client. These two made a great team and lots of sizzle between them. This book seems to have ties to an earlier book from this author Whisper ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
We met Alex Lowell in the last book, Whisper of Warning. A P.I. with a talent for helping people disappear, Alex is a strong leading lady. I enjoyed the pacing and twists and turns of this story. I found the developing relationship between Alex and Nathan a bit didn't quite jive for me. However, it was still a strong story.

This story has ties to the Glass sister duology through Alex as well as Nathan Devereaux, one of the detectives who worked on Courtney's case.
This was a really good book. I liked the suspense, the characters, the plot, the emotions and the whole feeling of the book. This is a book I wouldn't mind reading again and can't wait to read the rest in the series. I can't wait to see what happens with the other characters either. The APD, I couldn't believe the scope. I'm itching to see the rest of the Tracers and their workings too. On to the next... Enjoy!
Anne OK
Very suspenseful with a good romance. Characters were well developed and maintained a strong dialogue throughout. Very strong-willed and tough heroine. Have enjoyed every book written by this relatively new author.
Really I'd give this 3.5. It didn't grab me quite as much as Whisper of Warning. The setup was good but I kept thinking that Alex was teetering on the brink of TSTL. How many times do you chase after someone who is obviously jeeking your chain? I sided with Nathan on his thinking. I also felt like Alex called Nathan only when she needed something, and otherwise left the relationship building up to him. And while Alex's fear of relationships was a major theme in the book, she wasn't convincing en ...more
(4.5 stars) From My Book Review Blog, Rundpinne.

"Untraceable by Laura Griffin is the second novel I have read by Griffin but it is the first in her Tracer series. Do check out my review of Griffin’s second book, Unspeakable, which is just as brilliantly captivating as her thrilling first novel in the series, Untraceable. Her novels read well as stand alone novels, yet I believe her books to be so mesmerizing as to compel the reader to want to continue with the series. I could not put this book
3.5 Stars

Alex Lovell helps women disappear but when one of her clients vanishes without a trace, Alex is convinced that her husband killed her and asks Austin PD detective, Nathan Deveraux, to help her uncover the truth. Skeptical at first, Nathan soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and Alex has put herself on a dangerous, if not deadly, path.

Note: While this is the first book in the Tracers series, the characters appear in the earlier Glass Sisters series as well.

4,25 stars

Private investigator and computer expert Alexandra Lovell is specialized in aiding people who don't want to be found. Let's call it a civilian (cyber) witness protection program. She is very good at it but when she finds out one of her clients, Melanie Bess, has really disappeared she suspects foul play, especially when she finds out Melanie came back to Austin, where danger lurks around every corner for her. Alex calls in the help of Nathan Deveraux, a detective with the Austin Police
Untraceable is the the first book in a series by Laura Griffin. The main characters are Alexandra Lovell and Nathan Devereaux. Alex runs her own PI business and is able to help people disappear. Nathan is with the Police Department and is a detective. They both have feelings for each other, but of course have not had a discussion about it... You can feel the sexual tention crackle between them. Alex is helping Melanie hide from her husband (incidently a cop). She knows there is more going on whe ...more
Alex is women who takes it upon herself to help abused women to exit their lives and start a new else where. Her recent case Melanie decides to come back home and ends up missing. Alex believes she murder and knows who did it but her detective friend does not. They have both worked together before and have a love/hate relationship that goes threw cycles. The more information that comes forward in their investigation the more Mr. Detective believes that Alex is in way over her head and goes on th ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on -- including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective -- Alex embarks

Reading this book was an experience akin to exploring a new city by car. All the sights are new, all the metropolitan smells of industry are charming. The architecture is captivating, the interesting little blemishes have a story all their own to tell. Your neck hurts from all the head swiveling trying to take it all in...until you cross that invisible line into suburbia. All too soon the houses start to look the same, all painted in blasé shades of brown. Instead of charming little boutiques a
Coleen Scott
Once again, I'm wishing Goodreads had half stars ... this one is a solid 3.5.

The Pitch: Alex Lovell is a private investigator of sorts. Part of her job is helping women disappear when they need to. Her client Melanie (whom she'd helped vanish a few years earlier) disappears again, for real, and Alex suspects Melanie's husband (a dirty cop) is behind it. Alex gets help from a hot (and clean) cop, Nathan Deveraux, and the Delphi Center (around which these books are loosely centered).

What works:
Pretty engaging suspense story, with a somewhat developed romance subplot. One thing I liked about the book was that there were no scenes from the villain's perspective, and until the end, there weren't any (view spoiler). I didn't mind at all that apparently this book picks up from a previous story that is not techn ...more
Still greatly enjoying Griffin's work, this is the third I've read in as many days. I'm beginning to see some commonalities (intuitive characters that always seem to know when they're being lied to), but I imagine that can be chalked up to the number of high-performing, law enforcement or investigative professions that are featured in her books. Alex and Nathan were a good mix, and I thought it was interesting that Griffin shows both of her main characters being faced with other romantic choices ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of writing romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a RITA Award (Whisper of Warning) and a Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.

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  • Snapped (Tracers #4)
  • Twisted (Tracers, #5)
  • Scorched (Tracers #6)
  • Exposed (Tracers #7)
  • Beyond Limits (Tracers, #8)
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