Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bodacious Blurbs Bonanza: Missing, Assumed Dead

Bodacious Blurbs Bonanza
Welcome to the Blurbs Bonanza appearing every Wednesday this summer!
My book blurb for Sunshine Boulevard  appears today on Marva Dasef's blog
Drop by to leave a comment. 
Prejudice, murder, insanity, suicide: Every small town has its secrets.

When Kameron McBride receives notice she’s the last living relative of a missing man she’s never even heard of, the last thing she wants to do is head to some half-baked Oregon town to settle his affairs. But since she’s the only one available, she grudgingly agrees.

En route, she runs afoul of a couple of hillbillies and their pickup in an accident that doesn’t seem...accidental. Especially when they keep showing up wherever she goes. Lucky for her, gorgeous Deputy Mitch Caldwell lends her a hand, among other things. Her suspicions increase when the probate Judge tries a little too hard to buy the dead man’s worthless property.

Working on a hunch and trying to avoid the Judge’s henchmen, Kam probes deeper into the town’s secrets and finds almost no one she can trust. With Mitch’s help, she peels away the layers of prejudice, suicide, murder, and insanity. But someone in town doesn’t like her poking around, and when they show their intentions by shooting her through the police chief’s office window, the stakes are raised. Kam must find out what really happened to her dead relative before someone in this backward little town sends her to join him.

And she thought Oregon was going to be boring.

Review (from Amazon):
**** Fast Paced Mystery

This review is from: Missing, Assumed Dead (Kindle Edition)
Missing Assumed Dead by Marva Dasef

In this fast paced mystery suspense, Kam McBride is summoned to a small town in Eastern Oregon to settle probate on a property of a distant relative she wasn't aware existed, until now.

Kam agrees to go to Eastern Oregon only to appease her mother's wishes of obtaining any family photographs, or family documents, but when Kam arrives in the hot and dusty town, things get a lot more complicated as she delves into what really happened to her long lost relative, Salvadore Vasco, seven years prior.

As she slowly uncovers the town's layered secrets, with the help of a hunky sheriff deputy, and her life is threatened more than once, Kam realizes she's stumbled onto a much deeper mystery than she bargained for.

Ms. Dasef's harrowing action scenes and interesting characters drew me in to the end of this tight mystery, and there are some fascinating twists, which add to the flavor of this story. I felt the intimacy scenes were a little rushed, but that's the romantic in me, and sometimes Kam's character was a little too hard headed for her own good, but thankfully Mitch was able to gently steer her in the right direction. Occasionally, I was distracted by the `he said, she did this' passages, but all in all, Missing Assumed Dead is a solid and unique mystery, with great action and atmosphere, and interesting secondary characters. As an Oregonian, I definitely enjoyed this read and would recommend it for all mystery suspense enthusiasts.

S. Durham



Cellophane Queen said...

Hm. That does sound like a good book. It's been a while since I paid any attention to this one. Thanks for hosting the blurbs, JQ.

See the blurb for Sunshine Boulevard on my blog today.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hey, Marva, it IS a good book. Thanks for participating in BBB.

Heather Haven said...

Enjoyed reading Missing, Assumed Dead. It's a quick moving mystery well worth the read.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

This book is on my Goodread list. Thanks Janet & Marva.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting book.

Unknown said...

I've had the pleasure of reading Marva's book. It's a different sort of mystery that I enjoyed. The characters are well done along with the action.

I still think Beverly deserves a story of her own. My kind of gal.

Pat McDermott said...

Sounds action packed and intriguing. Will be checking this one out for sure!

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