When a sniper killed his partner, Sean McPherson was injured in the ambush. Now an ex-cop, he takes a job at a writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest. At Pines & Quill, he hopes to heal and put his life back together in the Zen-like capacity of groundskeeper and all-around handyman.

Sniper, Jason Hughes, blames McPherson for the loss of more than ten million dollars’ worth of heroin―and he wants revenge.

In the guise of a New York City limo driver working on a sizzling tell-all memoir, Hughes arrives at Pines & Quill along with three other writers in residence: a bohemian psychic taking a break from grueling work as a forensic intuitive, a bitter divorcée who wants to open herself to a new life, and a vibrant and resilient potter navigating life from a wheelchair.

With conflicting agendas, uncertain loyalties, and romantic entanglements at play, Hughes finds it difficult to get McPherson in his sights. Gradually, he forms a different plan, one that threatens the lives of everyone at the retreat.

My Review

This first book in what appears will be a really good series is a nice start. It is always a fine line to find the right balance when it comes to book one in a series. Do you giveaway a lot or draw it out to tease readers into reading the next book; particularly when the books flow from one to the next. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. So no worries there. 

The main character, Sean aka Mick has a really good backstory that lends nicely to this book. So right away I was compassionate to his story. There is a cast of characters in this story. Each one brought something to the story and were just as engaging. 

There were moments when the story dipped a slight bit with the pacing. However, I still did find it a fairly fast read. The last several chapters flew by and the story ended with a bang. I will read the next book in this series. 


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