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5+ stars for Chasing Favors: A Jamie Richmond Mystery by Mark Love #mystery #crimefiction #bookrec

Title: Chasing Favors: A Jamie Richmond Mystery

Author: Mark Love

Genre: Mystery, Romantic Mystery, Crime Fiction

Book Blurb:

It was supposed to be one simple favor. Randy was the nice, charming guy who drew Jamie into a steamy romance, two years ago, during her vacation. Now he’s in town, nudging her curiosity with the request for some help. What could possibly go wrong?

Jamie’s skills as an investigative reporter made for a smooth transition to writing mysteries. And Randy’s request seemed harmless enough. Doing a favor for a friend is really no big deal. But things are rarely as they appear when Jamie starts digging. When she uncovers the answers for Randy, she’s faced with another request for a favor. Who knew she could be so popular? Now Jamie’s spending her time, chasing after favors.

While researching Randy’s situation, Jamie stumbles upon something that doesn’t seem quite right. Most people would just ignore it. Or chalk it up to a coincidence. But Jamie’s never been a believer in those. Sensing there is something more going on in the background, Jamie becomes determined to figure it out. And if she’s right, she intends on stopping the bad guys in their tracks.

CHASING FAVORS features the beautiful redhead whose nose for trouble has her stumbling into police business. Mark Love’s series is perfect for fans of the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs or Diane Capri’s Michael Flint series, where solving a mystery and danger abound. Even though you can read Chasing Favors as a standalone, why would you? Especially when following Jamie through her romance and adventures will entertain you through the night.

My Review:

Who knew doing a favor for a friend could lead to peril? Jamie is back for another mystery, and this time she’s chasing favors while landing in the crosshairs of some very bad men. Mark Love has penned an incredible mystery where benign favors lead to danger. There are many twists and even a rabbit hole or two in this mystery. The characters are appealing with plenty of intrigue. The mystery itself is well-written. In my view, this book is what mystery readers clamor for.

Let’s start with the characters. I love Jamie and her knack for investigating. Her personality shines in this book. The other characters are mysterious, sure, but also very realistic. Even the bad guys are written with realism. They are gritty, not cartoonish, which adds depth to this book.

The descriptive narration and world-building work together to lure the reader into the story. Every scene is written with clear, concise words so the reader knows everything Jamie sees and experiences. The narration is chockful of tension the further I read. Mark Love puts in technical language related to the mystery, so it feels like a real-life experience while reading.

If you love mysteries with a dash of romance, you’ll want to read Chasing Favors. Brilliant from start to finish, this book will appeal to Kathy Reich readers. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Mark Love lived for many years in the metropolitan Detroit area, where crime and corruption are always prevalent. A former freelance reporter, Love honed his writing skills covering features and hard news. He is the author of the Jamie Richmond romance mysteries, Devious,Vanishing Act, Fleeing Beauty, and the soon to be released, Chasing Favors, along with the novella Stealing Haven. His short story, Don’t Mess with the Gods, was written with Elle Nina Castle and included in the Magic & Mischief anthology. Love also writes the Jefferson Chene mystery series, WHY 319? Your Turn to Die and The Wayward Path.

Love resides in west Michigan with his wife, Kim. He enjoys a wide variety of music, books, travel, cooking and exploring the great outdoors.

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Reviewed by: Nancy


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