Southwest of Love and Murder

Some time on a ranch is warranted, and just might give me a break from night noises and big city murder.

Brenda Whiteside
Southwest of Love and Murder


Publisher’s Synopsis:
Mystery writer Phoebe Anderson owes her success to killing her first husband on paper 17 years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her…or murder to follow her.

Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage 20 years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.

With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery…and the next target on his list is Mason.

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined. The majority of the book is either from Mason or Phoebe’s perspective. There are several scenes from from secondary characters.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is my second book by Brenda Whiteside and I enjoyed it even more than the first. I’m a big romantic suspense fan and will continue to seek out Whiteside’s books.

If you read or listened to book one you’ll recognize Phoebe as Lacy’s best friend and Mason as Chance’s brother. The book opens telling us that Phoebe & Mason had a “fling” at Lacy & Chance’s wedding. They’re now reunited as Phoebe visits Mason’s ranch to do research on an upcoming book. Unfortunately a stalker is committing murders mimicking plots from Phoebe’s books.

I always love books about authors because I wonder how much of themselves the writer put into their character. This was an enjoyable mix of suspense and romance. Several portions of the book are written from the murderer’s POV. Overall this worked except it was treated like the reader didn’t know who this person was, and it was obvious because he’s the only other character in the book. Besides that it was great and I’m looking forward to listening to A Legacy of Love and Murder.

Holly Holt narrated again and did a good job. She has a pleasant voice, does a good job of differentiating characters and evoking emotions.

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

My Favorite Quotes

Some time on a ranch is warranted, and just might give me a break from night noises and big city murder. – Southwest of Love & Murder @brendawhitesed2 #RomanticSuspense #Audiobook

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