Title: Dead Spaces
Author: Pauline B. Jones
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Be careful what you dig for…
A forensic surgeon in the New Orleans Coroner’s Office—and part of her dad’s Baker’s Dozen—Hannah Baker thought she knew where to dig, how and what to slice, and when to walk away.
But when her big brother gets her involved in the exhumation of a couple of old coffins, she realizes the past can’t be ignored. Not when it's been simmering up a big pile of trouble for longer than Hannah’s born days.
Only New Orleans could produce a “Baked” gumbo of the mob, shadowy figures from the past, annoying figures from the present, murders, attempted murders, and a really cute detective who is technically off limits on account of he’s her big brother’s partner.
Good thing NOPD Detective Logan Ferris doesn’t know the meaning of “off limits,” cuz once more the Big Easy is getting mighty uneasy.
Back in the day, I was a fan of the Sopranos and CSI. This book is a blend of both: mobsters, forensics and more dead bodies than you can shake a stick at. Meet Hannah Baker, a wise-cracking forensic scientist (or cutter as she likes to call herself), who practically leaps off the page. She's part of the Baker's Dozen (13 children) of a retired cop. Her brothers are a fierce-some overprotective bunch of cops/FBI agents and when someone dies, the wise guys call it a "Baked" crime scene. Hannah holds her own, though, and I liked her immediately. Sarcastic, witty and knows how to hold her own, a perfect contrast to the wise guys she deals with on a daily basis.
NOPD Detective Logan Ferris is Hannah's older brother's partner and he can't his eyes off "Holy Hannah". Yes, that's what he calls her because he knows that if he even attempts to date her, his partner will beat the shit out of him. Yet, he's drawn to her, especially her magnetic eyes and her big brain. Go figure, a sexy man attracted to an intelligent woman. He plays with fire in more ways than one and this adds a whole new dimension to the plot.
Hannah and Ferris (she can't seem to call him by his first name) are thrown together in what appears to be a turf war that started over thirty years ago. Bodies start piling up and time is running out for Hannah and Ferris to figure out who the killer is.
While this is book three in a series, this is the first book I've read. The author did a wonderful job with the back-story so I wasn't lost and could keep track of everyone. The characters were so real they jumped off the page. The action was intense and the plot moved at lightning speed. I loved every minute of it and I was sad when it ended. I want more Logan and Hannah!!!
If you like suspense, go now and pick up a copy. It's perfect for summer reading and you'll be singing Cajun Queen before you know it!
Favorite Character: Ferris. He's your typical guy and that's why I loved him. He does guy things and seeing his attraction to Hannah through his eyes was a delight to read. He's a good detective and a good partner yet has this thing about smart women. I loved it and I wish the author would write more about him.
The way the kiss had curled her toes and scrambled her brain? Yeah, that was a problem.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Pauline doesn’t love reality so she writes books. She tends to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla (they were born the same year) through her characters lives, mixing peril and humor into her romance, but she always delivers a happy ending.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N