CRIME SCENE CONSPIRACY by Jessica R. Patch
SERIES: Texas Crime Scene Cleaners #1
GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2023
Too many mysterious deaths.
Not enough clues.
A string of staged deaths forces Texas Ranger Emily O’Connell on a covert mission to investigate a governor’s connection to the deceased women. She doesn’t trust anyone—including crime scene cleaner Stone Spencer. But when Emily’s questioning makes her the serial killer’s next target, she must turn to ex-ranger Stone for help. With threats at every turn, outrunning a merciless villain could be the last thing they do.
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Car bombs. Ransacked apartments. Gunshots. Dead bodies. Kisses. Christmas parties. You know… just a typical day in the life of a Love Inspired Suspense couple haha! In Crime Scene Conspiracy, Jessica R. Patch draws readers immediately into a case already in motion and keeps us riveted to the pages until the very end.
I loved that Emily is a Texas Ranger, working a case ‘under the table’ so to speak – murders staged as suicides or accidents with the philandering governor as her prime suspect. She isn’t sure who she can trust or who might be in the perpetrator’s back pocket, though it’s clear someone is. She’s also having some serious trust issues in her personal life, thanks to a ‘rug pulled out from under her’ revelation. But, despite that, she has sharp instincts and a determined will, and she is an unstoppable force in this investigation. Her character felt like one I would want to hang out with in real life, and I enjoyed getting to know her on these pages.
Needless to say, however, although she respects former-colleague-turned-crime-scene-cleaner Stone Spencer and although he may have a personal stake in this investigation, Emily is determined not to let him in. Stone is just as determined, though, and I loved his steady strength that he shows to Emily as well as his family. His interactions with his brothers – and his brothers’ interactions with each other – made me smile a lot. Patch has a great writing voice when it comes to brotherly banter, and a certain impromptu wrestling match is so ‘classic’ that it played easily on the movie screen in my mind and left me laughing. The author also sets up the rest of the series by keeping readers intrigued by what we don’t know about Stone’s brothers and their sister – and eagerly waiting for those upcoming answers.
Bottom Line: When you have a family of crime scene cleaners with past connections to law enforcement, you know their stories will all be riveting must-reads! Crime Scene Conspiracy kicks off Jessica R. Patch’s new romantic suspense series with a bang – quite literally – and gets us solidly invested in the Spencer family as characters. Emily O’Connell fits right in (much to Stone’s delight), and she and Stone are a formidable team up against a formidable opponent. Watching them work through their issues and fall in love – all while trying to stay alive – was truly a reading pleasure. The suspense is breath-stealing, with threats around every corner, and there’s a few surprising twists along the way just to really keep you on your toes! Another fantastic story from Jessica R. Patch!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
Publishers Weekly Bestselling author Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a romantic suspense, a cold case thriller, or a small-town romance. When she’s not getting into fictional mischief with her characters, you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home reading books by some of her favorite authors, watching movies with her family, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter “Patched In” at www.jessicarpatch.com.
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