Camilla Stewart is making a fresh start in Pajaro Bay after her ex-fiancé stole her life savings, embezzled from her job, and then disappeared without a trace - leaving behind nothing but his eight-year-old son, Oliver.
But when sheriff's captain Ryan Knight informs her that her ex is not only a con artist but an accused murderer, Camilla realizes she and little Oliver are the only souls on earth who can identify a serial killer... and they are next on his hit list.
Narrator Elizabeth Siedt adds just the right touch of lightness to this cozy romantic mystery, bringing to life the charming little village, with its cast of quirky characters and its funky cottages overlooking the sun-drenched coast.
The Pajaro Bay novels have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense. You can learn more about the series at author Barbara Cool Lee's website, BarbaraCoolLee.com. While there, find out about the charities receiving part of the profits from the Pajaro Bay books, try out the recipes mentioned in each story, and see what's coming next from Pajaro Bay.
"This first novel in the Pajaro Bay romance series promises great things to come!" says InD'tale Magazine. "It is written well, with interesting characters that are easy to like. The novel holds the reader's interest with romance, intrigue, danger and murder. The author's theme of redemption and forgiveness is well thought out. One will love getting to know the characters in this story where everyone has a secret! Also, the author has 10% of all profits going to charities. With all that, what's not to love?"
©2012 Barbara Cool Lee (P)2012 Barbara Cool Lee
I'm always a bit wary when buying something by a virtually unknown author. Nine times out of ten, I'm disappointed - but books like this one inspire me to keep taking chances on a new name.
It was lovely! I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. Great job Barbara! Write faster!
Like the last reviewer I have never heard of this author. I too took a chance. AND I too can't wait for another book by Barbara Cool Lee. This story was really well written. It was complete. I will read the next Pajaro Bay Romance. If this is Barbara's first I can't wait for the next. If there are more that Audible doesn't have available I will request them.
Good story, strong characters. Just cut out 60% of the mental monologues, - redundant, repetitious , unnecessary. And 60% of the eye gazing and facial expressions and it would be a 6 star book.
I needed a break from the fast paced thrillers I had been listening to and thought this romantic "cozy" would do the trick. The trick is how this author got past the self published e-book stage. How did this narrator get promoted to reading adult lit instead of the kiddie lit to which she is obviously more suited? Golly, gosh, gee whiz, I, much like the dim heroine, cannot figure it out.
This might be a spoiler alert, if I had gotten past the half way point in the story, which I didn't. I couldn't. I can tell how it's going to turn out and I don't care. The main character is a 24 year old female accredited accountant, but hey, she has papers and everything, as another character literally asks her midway through the story - what is she, a pedigree dog? papers? really? Well, she uses her "papers" to get hired by a super duper high tech company but she is so dumb that she a) meets and gets engaged to a average nice guy that she has known less than 8 weeks, she also adopts his 8 year old child within this same time frame and before the actual wedding ever takes place (lawyers and courts must work really fast in No. California); b) has the responsibility for transferring million dollar funds after only working there for a few weeks but can't figure out how her embezzler/fiance got the codes to access the money; c) doesn't question anything at all when Mr. Average buys her a valuable house as well as an expensive engagement ring, and d) refuses to admit the possibility that her on-the-lam ex, who can only be identified by her and her adopted child, is out there trying to kill her and his son, even after two (you're an accountant, honey, count 'em) possibly fatal "accidents" occur.
When the local, hunky, but guilt ridden sheriff, to whom she has an immediate, intense connection and which is, of course, mutual, tries to point out the apparent dangers, she replies, "I'm not an idiot." a phrase which she repeats whenever anyone with half a brain, tries to point out any salient facts to her. She isn't convincing me. Anyone who can go through all these feelings and experiences in 2 months time and NOT question anything is an idiot, as a matter of fact, I think there is a picture of our girl in the dictionary's definition of the word.
I am an accounting mgr, which really makes this knuckle head so insulting a character to me as both a career person and a female. The literary world could do with one less idiot masquerading as a real person instead of a cardboard cutout cutie. I don't mind light-hearted mysteries, but light-headed authors aggravate me.
Love dogs, books and being outside.
The story was entertaining. It was good, but not great. I found the acoustics were "tiney" sounding, which annoyed me.
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