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5+ stars for A Legacy of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside #romanticsuspense #bookreview

Title: A Legacy of Love and Murder (Wild Horse Peaks)

Author: Brenda Whiteside

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Inheriting an Austrian Castle is an Alpine fairytale for August, until someone begins targeting the heirs. August Myer arrives in Austria to meet her great-grandfather and explore his castle estate filled with priceless art, only to find he’s died under suspicious circumstances. As one of his heirs, her life is in danger, turning her Alpine adventure into a nightmare of veiled threats, unexplained accidents, and murder. Inspector Tobias Wolf splits his time between catching criminals and fighting the spread of neo-Nazism. But when the beautiful, intriguing American crosses his path during a murder investigation, ensuring her safety challenges his priorities…and his heart. When August learns the handsome inspector is concealing secrets, and the death of her great-grandfather is somehow connected, she takes the investigation into her own hands. Can Wolf save her before the killer strikes again?

My Review:

It sounds like a fairy tale until her life is in peril. Brenda Whiteside pens a breathtaking romantic suspense in the heart of Austria. The world-building is astounding, the characters are intriguing, and the romance is fraught with danger. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. Yes, I was taken in right away and didn’t exhale until I reached the end.

Let’s start with the world-building. Any suspense book, whether romantic or not, is built on layers of writing. It starts with the setting. Brenda Whiteside takes me by surprise by choosing Austria as the setting. I’ve never been to Austria but thanks to reading this book, I feel like I’ve traveled there. The mystery itself is ingrained into the world-building. It’s so well done. Brenda Whiteside is an expert when it comes to world-building and her layering makes for an unforgettable read.

The romance is fantastic. These two characters have an attraction, but it’s not expected. There are serious things going on…who has time for romance? Like in life, romance comes when least expected. There’s a realism to this romance I found refreshing. There’s also high drama, suspense, and intrigue.

The characters are written with precision and depth of feeling. I connected with August right away. She’s a heroine everyone can relate to. The rest of the characters are interesting, even the ones trying to do bad things.

A romantic suspense grounded in today’s world, A Legacy of Love and Murder is a gripping read worth savoring.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, romance, and cozy mystery. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart and won't discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes.

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Reviewed by: Nancy

1 Comment

Unknown member
May 22, 2023

Thanks so much for the in depth review.

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