Friday, February 10, 2017

At Close Range by Laura Griffin Blog Tour

New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.

When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.

As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.

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Dani watched him. Scott stood beside the car, his back to the victim as he skimmed his flashlight over the ground. The firearms expert was tall and broad-shouldered, with the super-ripped body of a former Navy SEAL. Instead of his usual tactical pants and combat boots, he wore jeans and a leather jacket tonight, so maybe he’d been out when he’d gotten the call. Dani knew from experience that his jacket had nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the Sig Sauer he carried concealed at his hip.

Something glinted in the grass, and Scott crouched down to tag it with a numbered marker. Two minutes on the scene and already he’d discovered a piece of evidence. He stood and squared his shoulders, and Dani felt a pang deep inside her as he approached.

He stopped and towered over her, and for a moment they just stared at each other.

“Was the passenger door closed when you got here?” he asked.

“That’s right.”

“Where’s the girl?”

“No sign of her.” She nodded at the woods. “One of our officers is searching near the lake with Travis.”

He watched her for a moment with those cool blue eyes. His gaze shifted to the woods. “You need a K-9 team.”

She bristled. “I know.”

He strode over to his truck and opened the toolbox again. He took out a metal detector, which would help him locate shell casings or bullets, and maybe even the second victim if she was wearing jewelry or a belt.

Then again, the killer might have taken her somewhere else. Dani glanced back at the road and got a queasy feeling in her stomach. Where was she? She turned her attention to the lake, visible just beyond the trees. It was a scenic spot, usually--a tranquil little oasis for couples. But not tonight.

She glanced at Scott again, and he was watching her closely--so closely it made her wonder what he was thinking.

“You coming?” he asked.

She nodded at the body. “I’ll stay with him until the ME shows.”

Scott walked off, and Dani let her gaze follow him until he disappeared into the woods.

The medical examiner’s van rolled up, followed closely by Ric, and Dani’s stomach tightened as she thought of everything she didn’t like about this case. And it wasn’t even an hour old yet.

Ric walked over, his expression grim as he took in the scene. “The media has it.”

“That didn’t take long.”

“It was all over the scanner,” he told her. “I give us ten minutes, tops, before they roll in here with their cameras. We need to barricade the road.”


She turned toward the sound of Scott’s deep voice calling her from the woods. He was a tall silhouette at the edge of the trees, and from his tone Dani knew it was bad.

“What is it?” she yelled back.

“I found her.”


Copyright 2017 by Laura Griffin

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Young detective Dani is made lead detective on a double homicide, which on the surface seems to be a crime of passion. As the investigation continues, ballistics expert on the case, Scott, becomes a suspect. But Dani has known Scott for 15 years and knows he didn't do it, regardless of what the evidence says.

The crime solving is the star of this book but the romance is always there, bubbling along in the background. Scott is Dani's brother's best friend and she has always crushed on him. But she knows that Scott is not a relationship kind of a guy and that he has issues resulting from his time as a Navy SEAL. Scott thinks Dani should probably stay away from him, but he can't get her out of his mind and he can't stay away from her.

Along the way, more murders are committed that put Dani and Scott in danger and has them dodging bullets. What I love about watching Dani, Scott, and the cops follow the clues to solve this crime is that never in a million years would I have guessed the motive for the murders. If you love a crime solving mystery, At Close Range is definitely a book to add to your reading list.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Mystery

This was a great mystery with romance that was thrown in. I really liked Dani. She was feisty, loving, smart, and sexy, all wrapped into one badass detective. I really liked her attitude and, despite the fact that she was running her first case, she didn't really let anyone push her around. She was, at times, kind of hard on her people, but she was still able to get the job done.

Then you have Scott. He is tough, kind of the wild cowboy in this book. He doesn't really follow the rules all that well, and then he insists that he's not for Dani, despite having feelings for her.

Dani and Scott have an interesting relationship. They've known each other for a long time, but Scott was not willing to really get in to a relationship with his really good friend's sister.

Through gun fights, road trips, murder, and love, Scott and Dani struggle through the ways of their life. I really enjoyed the mystery and loved that there was a romance written in.

Daniele "Dani" Harper is suddenly made the lead detective in what may be the biggest case of her career. She doesn't think she is ready to be a leader, but she will give it her all as long as others will follow her direction.

Scott Black works at the Delphi Center, where he is the gun expert. After his time as a Navy SEAL, he is the go-to guy for everything about guns. He is friends with Dani's brothers and stays in the friends-only zone with Dani because he doesn't want things to go bad between him and her family.

Dani and Scott are thrown together to try to solve this case and they try to fight the attraction between each other. Can they solve the case before anyone else is murdered? Will she get her heart broken by Scott or will she keep him at arm’s length to save her heart?

This case is a page turner, mind numbing (in a good way) who done it, and will have you guessing. And you will be guessing wrong many times until the end when you learn who was behind it.

This is the second book for me from Laura Griffin and she has fast become one of my new favorite romantic suspense authors. Her stories have the right amount of romance, sexy heroes, strong heroines, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you find out who done it. A perfect combination to keep you reading. I can't wait to read more in this series.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

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