A Deadly Wilderness
by Kelly Irvin
May 22 - June 16, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
An idyllic wilderness hike turns deadly when homicide detective Ray Johnson tumbles into a ravine and lands on a corpse later identified as the son of a prominent citizen. Ray works to solve the political hot potato murder before city leaders bumps him from the case. His determination to find the man’s killer leads him from the wealthiest enclaves in San Antonio to the city’s dark underbelly, all the while trying to win the woman he loves.
A Deadly Wilderness is a romantic suspense novel that will take the reader along on a tumultuous journey as the consuming need for material wealth drives a deadly wedge among family members who haven’t learned when enough really is enough.
The journey ends where it began—in a deadly wilderness. Not everyone will survive the trip.
This is an engaging inspirational romantic suspense that also explores the dangers of alcoholism and the pressure on marriage a career in law enforcement presents. Ray is a good hero. He is tenacious in his work. He is so aggressive in pursuing villains he puts the woman he loves in harms way. Ray's partner, Deborah, is a good foil. She tries to sooth her hurt with alcohol but nearly ruins her career and almost gets people killed in the process. The characters were developed well and seemed realistic
The action is nearly continuous and Irvin's writing style is engaging. In addition to a good police procedure style novel of suspense, readers are also given a clear picture of the need for God in healing past hurts and maintaining good relationships.
There is much to like in this novel. It has lots of action and several murders so it is not a cozy mystery. It has a good pace, a good faith message, and several emotional relationship issues too.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Ally Press
Publication Date: May 2023
Number of Pages: 250
Book Links: Amazon
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Author Bio:Trust Me, which debuted in 2022. Publisher’s Weekly said of the novel: “(In this) whirlwind romantic thriller . . . Irvin follows the characters through twists and turns, writing through the lens of faith and broken faith, while illuminating a bridge across shattered relationships to second chances.” Her latest novel is A Deadly Wilderness, released May 23, 2023, from Ally Press.
The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than 30 years, including 10 years as a newspaper reporter. She retired in 2016 after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of ACFW and Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband make their home in South Texas. They are the parents of two children and the grandparents of four grandchildren. In her spare time, Kelly reads, writes poetry and short stories, and spends time with her grandchildren as often as possible.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)