No Obvious Cause
A murder followed by a series of random, motiveless crimes leave Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West and his team puzzled.
When Edel Johnson arrives at the scene of a crime Mike is taken aback, more so when he discovers she is now working with a victim support group. He has feelings for her, but he is the garda who investigated her husband's...more
I enjoyed meeting Mike and Edel again, after reading the first book in the series a few weeks ago. They are great characters. The story line is quite easy to follow, there are not too many characters to keep up with and it weaves together nicely.
In my opinion, this story had a slightly better pace than the first, although I guessed the killer very early on. The finale was gripping.
Looking forward to book three
A man is poisoned by cyanide .... there doesn't seem to be anyone who wanted him dead. By all accounts, he was a nice guy. There's absolutely no motive that can be seen.
An elderly lady's home is vandalized ... sort of. Things are placed on the floor, dresser drawers pulled out... but West thinks this was all staged. Nothing was taken, nothing broken, her money is still in the house .... ...more
Kelly Johnson is busy rebuilding her shattered life and Garda Mike West is still thinking about her. But instead of meeting her in one of the romantic scenarios he has imagined, she turns up at one of his crime scenes, and once again they get off on the wrong foot.
There is a series of pointless nuisance crimes being committed, plus one motiveless murder.
Close Ranks has me perplex ...more
On the other side of town incidents in the town happen. A wo ...more
A victim of poisoning, a support group with links to a brothel are all in this book and the 2nd in the series. I do like an author who makes you feel emotional with their writing. Bravo Valerie Keogh. ...more
CLOSE RANKS takes place five months following THAT ONE MAY SMILE and features the same characters.
Sergeant Garda Michael West is back, along with his partner Garda Peter Andrews are responding not only to a suspicious death, but also is taking on robberies. To say they are overwhelmed is an understatement.
Kelly Johnson, the victim in THAT ONE MAY SMILE, is back .... lingering in Garda West's mind. Since her life changing events she has now become a volunteer in a program for victims' .. being th ...more
In the first book, I thought that Kelly's character could use a little work, but in this book I realized she is who she is. Honestly, the only thing that annoyed me this time, was the fact ...more
When a man with no obvious enemies is poisoned by an imported vegetable that can kill if not properly prepared, Sergeant West’s murder investigation soon grinds to a halt. He’s also thrown out of his normal rhythm by the return of Edel Johnson, who featured in the first story. Despite his feelings for her, he manages to alienate and aggravate her.
With a man dow ...more
I've only just reviewed book one, even though I've read all books in the series. Not going into the story as the blurb gives enough to wet ones appetite!
Brilliantly written storyline gets your own powers of deduction working overtime, but clever writing twists turns and blind alleys keep you hooked from start to finish. I loved it, the main characters quickly becoming like members of your own circle of friends!
This author I feel has a wonderful imaginati ...more
This is the second book in this series. I’ve enjoyed each book tremendously. The police procedure (here the Garda) is great. The detectives wait for warrants and are careful to properly preserve evidence, ultimately preserving the case for trial but, the best moments are when things go off the rails. Adding a promising love story make this series complete. I highly recommend! The series is also free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
I loved this book, such an engaging style of writing, serious, charming, witty and funny. I was on pins until I found out Kelly was still alive, and of course I now know she is in the next book. When I've finished this review I'm going to download it. Can't wait. I have given the book 5 stars, but I do have one little niggle, better proofreading is required.