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5 stars for Changing Directions, Book II, Roni’s Investigation Files by Mary Martinez #romanticthriller #thriller #ku #bookreview

Title: Changing Directions, Book II, Roni’s Investigation Files

Author: Mary Martinez

Genre: Romantic Thriller


Book Blurb:


A call no parent should ever receive is that their child has been hurt. Or worse, missing.


When Sebastian Sosa receives the call that his daughter, Cammy, disappeared while shopping with his ex-wife at Manhattan’s Bryant Park, his heart stops. Miles away in Denning, Tennessee, he doesn’t know what the police are doing so he calls on the one person who can help: the woman P.I. he fell for when he assisted her on a case.


Roni Staples is shocked when a disheveled and desperate Sebastian shows up at her door asking for help to find his missing daughter. She’s been keeping her uncomfortable attraction for him at arm’s length, but she can’t refuse to help him.


How will they be able to find Cammy when the bizarre clues keep changing directions?


My Review:


A missing child puts Roni on a case that’ll test her fortitude, especially when the clues keep her changing directions. This book deals with a parent’s worst nightmare, in the best possible way. Changing Directions is a haunting thriller with descriptive narration, characters that’ll haunt your every thought, and a pulse-pounding ending. Mary Martinez is a gifted thriller writer and I swear you won’t be able to put Changing Directions down.


Let’s start with the characters. Roni is a strong, independent woman who can track people down. She’s also dealing with the aftermath of her previous case (book one). In addition, she’s dealing with her feelings for Sebastian. Can she handle love with her job as a private detective? Sebastian is a sublime hero who’s put through the ringer when his daughter goes missing. The kidnapper and the people behind the kidnapping are intriguing and I loved to hate them while reading.


What makes this such an unputdownable read is the plot and the narration. The narration is very descriptive and plunges the reader into the story. The plot progression is perfect for the genre and carries the story from one scene to the next. The hunt for the missing child amps up the tension. I found myself reading late into the night.


If you’re looking for a romantic thriller you can’t put down, pick up Changing Directions. I can’t wait to see what happens next!


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, six wonderful grandsons, and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!


Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course, they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home.  With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnam's.


Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery.  During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference. She was awarded the 2021 N. N. Light Book Award winner for best book in two categories: Four Sisters for Women's fiction and Celtic Myst by M. L. Foxx for Fantasy.


Mary also writes as ML Foxx. This is her first jaunt into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, she loves it. It gives her freedom of choice.  In her ML persona she also loves to go to the movies, and you got it… Watch the Avengers, Dead Pool, among others. Something her hubby doesn't really enjoy but humors her fantasy side. You’ll see more books soon…


Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES; University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.




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Reviewed by: Nancy


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