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A Sinner's Grove Novel
Released June 16th, 2015
Red Trumpet Press
The Lair follows on the heels of Sinner’s Grove, a contemporary suspense novel centered around the fictional artists’ retreat on the northern California coast known as “The Grove.”
Dani Dunn, the local innkeeper, has just learned of her famous father’s death and must travel back to her home country of Italy to attend the funeral. To say she’s not looking forward to it is an understatement. In fact, she’s petrified. The estate she grew up in holds terrifying memories that she knows she’ll have to confront if she’s ever to get on with her life.
Complicating matters is the fact that her flirtatious friend, Detective Gabe de la Torre, is coming along for the ride – without being asked. However, as Dani discovers the true evil that awaits her, Gabe proves he’s much more than a friend – he’s a sworn protector who may lose his own life in the process of saving hers.
A.B. Michaels' dual-genre series "Sinner's Grove" follows the family, friends and associates connected to a world-famous artists' retreat on the California coast. While The Lair is a contemporary novel of romantic suspense, The Depth of Beauty (soon to be published) is historical fiction, set at the turn of the twentieth century. Both San Francisco and the retreat of Sinner's Grove are featured in the story.
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I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This story involves a myriad of sensitive issues on different levels.
Dani is a young woman with a troubled past that unfortunately, she cannot fully recall. Gabe, a police detective living in her California home town, has been smitten with her yet has never been able to break through her façade. When Dani’s father dies, she flies to Italy, to pay her last respects and settle his estate.
This book carries many subplots throughout the entire story with plenty of action to maintain interest. It was well written and very well thought out.
I have one major caution. Do not begin reading this at night. Book hangovers are a pain in the butt. You will not be able to put it down.
This is an author I will follow. Definitely a five-star book.
Born and raised in northern California, A.B. Michaels holds master's degrees in history and broadcasting, and worked for many years in the public relations and marketing fields. An avid quilter and bocce player, she currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two furry "sons" who don't seem to realize they're just dogs.