Title: A Texas Christmas Mystery
Author: Anne Greene
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: December 7, 2011
Page Count: 87
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
A lady Coastguardsman searches for a killer. An oil rig troubleshooter accused of murder races to clear his name. The murderer strives to silence them both. Sparks fly as Amber Meredith seeks to arrest Derrick Darbonne. She needs to solve her first case, but the handsome Cajun suspect makes her heart race and her toes tingle.Derrick has worked all his life for his high-paying, adventurous job. When the past threatens his future, will he endanger the woman he loves in order to save himself?
A Texas Christmas Mystery by Anne Greene is one of those books that caught me rather by surprise while reading. This one is relatively short at 87 pages but the author sure managed to pack a lot into this little holiday novella.
Our two main characters Amber and Derrick have sort of a passing knowledge of one another since Derrick rents from Amber but working out on the oil rigs he’s hardly ever around for her to have gotten to know him. It just so happens that their first real encounter comes after a murder had taken place on the rig with Derrick being a possible suspect. Amber is just starting out her career with the coast guard when she’s sent out to Derrick’s rig.
Even with the short length the author packed in a budding romance, a murder mystery to solve along with setting up the story so the reader gets a great feel for the characters and setting. Such great depth given to this one that I never really felt that longing that things were missing as usually happens with most novellas. I even felt as if the side characters such as Amber’s grandmother, a favorite of mine, popped right off the pages.
In the end I’d definitely recommend this to anyone that wants a quick little mystery with a touch of clean romance involved.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Anne Greene delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. She writes both historical and suspense novels. Anne graduated from the University of Texas, Dallas, cum laude, with a degree in Literary Studies. She’s freshly back from Seoul, Korea with her very recently retired Army Special Forces Colonel husband. Anne loves to travel and has visited twenty-nine countries, including three communist ones. Anne set a few of her books in exotic locations such as the American Virgin Islands and Istanbul, Turkey. A visit to the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands resulted in her book, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE. Her book A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY is set in Anne’s home town.Looke for her newest release from B & H Publishing, ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS coming soon. Anne’s love of sailing, horseback riding, history and art, as well as her Plano Police Academy training and her military life, often show up in her books. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch their hearts. To learn more of Anne and to view her art as well as pictures from her extensive travel, visit her at AnneGreeneAuthor.com.