Bicycle cop Ellie once again gets to put her detecting skills to the test when Eduardo, a gardener she had only just met, is fatally injured. He allegedly fell down a flight of stairs when trying to steal the cello of Xu, an international musician, but Ellie is sure he is too nice a guy to be involved in something criminal. She starts to poke around but has to be careful not to get in the way of the lead detective who she has feelings for.
Ellie Rush knows that her family and friends think that being a bicycle cop is a bit of a joke but she’s determined to make a difference in between policing port-a-potties and citing truants. She gets rather a nasty shock when the first dead body she stumbles upon turns out to be that of a girl she knew. Ellie gets caught up in the investigation at the behest of her aunt, a high ranked LAPD officer.
Jill Gardener moved to the small Californian town of South Cove after one long conversation with Miss Emily. When Miss Emily dies unexpectedly after bullying from the council, Jill suspects foul play. She ought to leave the investigating to cop Greg King but can’t help sticking her nose in.
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Take a deep breath before you read this because the plot is kind of crazy. Esther Diamond is in a snit because NYPD Detective Connor Lopez slept with her but didn’t call later, busted the mafia linked restaurant where she worked as a singing waitress and then got her arrested for slapping a police officer. She manages to find an acting job in an indie movie which is plagued with bad luck. Someone is dishing out cursed Chinese fortune cookies and Lopez is one of the targets.
Olivia Carver is a tough-as-nails Coast Guard helicopter pilot who gets her kicks catching drug smugglers. Her twin brother Danny, an undercover cop, was murdered and she is determined to find out who was responsible. Olivia’s investigation catches the eye of undercover DEA agent Rico Cortez and he plans to warn her off but ends up in bed with her instead. When his cover is blown, they decide to take down the drug cartel themselves with Olivia posing as a drug buyer.
Clare Cossi, manager of Village Blend, ought be concentrating on the holiday season but she is pushed back into investigating when a part-time employee Moiren is murdered. She feels the police are ignoring key evidence by trying to link this murder with a serial stalker so with a little help from family and friends, Clare sets out to bring Moiren’s killer to justice.
Music notes rising from a body? A scientific way of explaining magic? It must be a Peter Grant novel. Peter, or to give him his proper title, Detective Constable Peter Grant is Britain’s first apprentice wizard in fifty years. In this novel, Peter comes across an corpse who died at the hands of something supernatural. Peter soon identifies a pattern and the trail leads him right back to his father.
In Sworn to Protect Detective Shane Ford becomes the guardian of sixteen year old Drew, the son of his best friend Brad. This twist of fate comes with a huge set of responsibilities but also helps propel his relationship with Juvenile Detective Daisy Callahan forward as they care for Drew and investigate Brad’s death. I liked Shane’s tentative steps with Drew but the plot was a bit too implausible for me.
Surrender to Sultry definitely falls more into the sweet category than the sultry. This novel has a bit less humour and more Christian values than the others. If you’ve followed the series, you’ll know that Colton Bea has carried a torch for Leah McMahon since she upped and left town ten years ago. Colton did everything he could to find her but failed. Now Leah is back and Colton intends to win her heart.