The Art of Love and Murder

His quirk of a smile remained; evidently her sarcasm left him unscathed.

Brenda Whiteside
The Art of Love and Murder


Publisher’s Synopsis:
Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life. Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation. Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

Point of view:
Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined. The majority of the book is either from Chance or Lacy’s perspective. There are several scenes from from secondary characters.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Whiteside is new to me as an author but this won’t be my last listen/read of her work. This book already had a lot going for it ~ Romantic Suspense, mature characters, (Lacy & Chance are both in early 40s), and law enforcement.

Lacy is investigating the history of some family artwork/heirlooms and finds herself in the middle of a small town mystery. Chance is the local sheriff and find himself trying to keep Lacy safe while fighting his attraction to her.

I felt like I moved into this town. Whiteside did a good job of giving a lot of characters so that the various “whodunnits” weren’t too obvious without being completely overwhelming. It’s a delicate balance and she did it well.

I’m not a huge fan of insta-love ~ but Chance and Lacy did spend quite a bit of time getting to know each other over a book that basically spanned a week. The ending felt a little abrupt, but as an opener to a series I’m hoping I’ll get more updates on Chance & Lacy’s HEA.

I’m mixed on Holly Holt’s narration. She has a pleasant voice and gives the various characters for the most part a unique sound. However, she has this cadence that would get somewhat repetitive/cyclical at times and it could become distracting. There were also a few times where her inflection didn’t convey the “feeling” of the moment (anger, fear, confusion) and it kind of brought me out of the story. She wasn’t horrible and it wouldn’t keep me from listening to her again, but I think it could have been better.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

My Favorite Quotes

His quirk of a smile remained; evidently her sarcasm left him unscathed. – Art of Love & Murder @brendawhitesed2 #RomanticSuspense #Audiobook

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