Saturday, April 30, 2016



Publisher:     New American Library
Published:     March 1, 2016
ISBN:        978-0451477767
Genre:      Cozy Mystery, Chik Lit, Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print  
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Deveraux Sinclair is still in the midst of decision whether Jake or Noah will be the man in her life.  Neither man is making that decision each by being around to court her.  Jake is busy with his ex-wife, Meg, and her emotional trauma and Noah’s mother suddenly falls ill with a strange malady that seems to only crop up when he’s about to see Dev.  Complicating things is there have been UFO sightings in the area. And then there is the matter of a city council meeting where Noah is pretty insistent Dev attend.  Dev gets a surprise at the meeting…one of the last things she could ever expect.

But it’s not like Dev hasn’t had shocks or rude surprises in her life.  On the heels of her father being arrested for a crime he didn’t commit her mother took off to parts unknown and left Dev with her grandmother.  And in a strange twist, not only is her other back in time, but her most recent husband is found dead next to Dev’s father.  Is the killer humane or has ET landed?

In BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACE Denise Swanson moves a little bit further into the cozy realm although the love triangle persists and it starts to look like there might be a third guy trying to win her heart. In this latest entry she skirts into the world of Sci Fi and does a nice job of blending it into the mystery.  Swanson does, though, include a few elements that just wouldn’t happen in real life and I just couldn’t suspend disbelief.  There is no way a former law office professional would help someone cover up a crime…even if she was the love of his life. It helps the author get to where she wants to go with the story, but I just couldn’t buy it.

I didn’t see who done it and it was a good twist at the end.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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