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5 stars for In the Crosshairs: The Body on Leffis Key by M.S. Spencer #cozymystery #romanticsuspense #newrelease #bookreview

Title: In the Crosshairs: The Body on Leffis Key

Author: M.S. Spencer

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:


Palmer Lind, recovering from the sudden death of her husband, embarks on a bird-watching trek to the Gulf Coast of Florida. One hot day on Leffis Key she comes upon—not the life bird she was hoping for—but a floating corpse. The handsome beach bum who appears on the scene seems to have even more secrets than the dead man.

His story begins to unravel as the pair search for answers to a growing pile of dead bodies. Spies, radical environmentalists, and wealthy businessmen circle around each other in a complex dance. Which one is lying? What do a seemingly random group of individuals have in common, other than being targeted by a crossbow?


My Review:


There’s never a boring moment In the Crosshairs: The Body of Leffis Key. If you ever thought bird watching dull, well, think again. The story skims along at a break-neck pace with so many twists and turns, it almost made my head spin.  


Palmer Lind expects to find respite and rare birds on her jaunt to Florida, but a murder and a mysterious man alters the course of her vacation in drastic ways. She isn’t a woman to overlook unanswered questions. Prompted by a keen sense of justice, fearless, and sympathetic, she’s eager to uncover the secrets surrounding the dead man’s murder and expose the killer—whoever that may be. The suspects are plentiful and well-drawn. The author humorously dubs some of the characters with bird surnames.  Wren. Hawk. Finch. You get the idea.


The setting is rich and detailed with local plant life and animal habitat. When Palmer takes her nature walks, I was right alongside her, easily seeing all the colors and textures, and inhaling all the earthy scents. Food also played a big role, and many regional dishes make an appearance.


If you like twisty plots that keep you on your toes, you’ll enjoy this book.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


Librarian, anthropologist, research assistant, Congressional aide, speechwriter, nonprofit director—award-winning, multi-published author M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents and holds degrees in Anthropology, Middle East Studies, and Library Science. She has published sixteen romantic suspense and mystery novels. She has two children, an exuberant granddaughter, and currently divides her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.


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Reviewed by: Joyce


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