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Monday, November 14, 2011

Book 236: DEVIL'S HARVEST Review

(SPOILER ALERT: This review contains possible spoiler information.)


Taryn Hayes is a dedicated surgical resident. She knows that she is learning from the best, although his personality leaves a lot to be desired. While working late one evening, Taryn discovers Dr. Blackwell's body. She also discovers a needle-mark in a suspicious location and calls the police. Even though she called in the police, she quickly becomes the prime suspect in Devil's Harvest by Margery Scott.

Taryn didn't particularly like Dr. Blackwell, but she respected his abilities as a surgeon. She also knows that there is someone else that was there the night Dr. Blackwell's body was discovered - Luke Dawson. Although Luke's appearance was suspicious, and he kind of-sort of kidnapped her afterwards, she believes him when he says he found the body just before her. It doesn't help that he attempts to blackmail her by saying he heard her argument with Blackwell and as a result she could remain the prime suspect. When Taryn is placed on a suspension, she knows that she'll have to find the answers to what happened to Blackwell herself. Fortunately, Luke is trying to find answers himself. He's a private investigator from Texas and trying to find the answers behind the death of a friend's daughter.

Taryn's inquiries and Luke's investigations take them to a private medical clinic where numerous unexplained deaths occurred. Although Blackwell is a surgeon, he isn't a plastic surgeon so why would his patients be listed as having plastic surgical procedures? The more Taryn and Luke learn the more they come to realize that healthy people are being systematically murdered in order to retrieve their healthy organs. Can Taryn and Luke expose these illegal procedures before their lives are endangered?

Devil's Harvest is a quick romantic suspense read, although at times it felt as if it was both light on romance and suspense. The characters are reasonably realistic and moderately well-developed. There was just something about the story that didn't do it for me. This isn't a bad read, it just wasn't a wholly memorable read for me.


Disclaimer: I received this book free for review purposes from the author. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."





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