Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hide and Seek by Mary Burton Blog Tour

She’s hunting. He’s watching.

Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and now she’s gunning for a spot on the FBI’s elite profiling team. As an audition, she offers to investigate the recently discovered bones of Tobi Turner, a high school girl who disappeared fifteen years ago.

While investigating with local sheriff Mike Nevada, a former colleague and onetime lover, Macy discovers a link between Tobi’s case and several others that occurred around the same time as her disappearance. As Macy interviews victims and examines old cases, she uncovers a sinister picture of a stalker who graduated to sexual assault—and then murder.

Macy and Nevada race to put this monster behind bars before he can come out of hiding. But the murderer’s had years to hone his skills, and soon Macy herself becomes a target. She’s no stranger to pain and terror, but will Macy’s first profiling case be her last?

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Profiling FBI Profiler Macy Crow

Special Agent Macy Crow is 33-years-old and is an accomplished FBI Agent. She’s worked a series of high profile cases across the United States and isn’t afraid to take chances. When her father was murdered, she headed to Texas to investigate the crime. Following clues left behind by her father, she was closing in on the killer when she became the victim of a hit and run accident.

Most would have died from the injuries Macy sustained or would have been permanently disabled. However, Macy channeled her extreme ability to focus into her recovery. Though her fit muscles have softened during her recovery, she is regaining strength each day and is now laser-focused on returning to the FBI as a field agent. Before her accident, she had shoulder length blond hair but the brain surgeons who saved her life cut off all her hair. She now proudly sports a pixie cut.

When Macy returned to Texas, she learned a startling fact about herself. She has an identical twin—medical examiner Dr. Faith McIntyre. Though adopted by different families, the sisters already have a strong connection.

Macy’s adoptive parents split when she was two and she moved from Texas to Alexandria, Virginia located outside of Washington, D.C. Over the years she remained close with her father and spent many summers with him helping repair old cars on his auto salvage lot. In Alexandria, she and her mother lived in a large apartment complex. When she was young, a neighborhood girl was murdered. That tragedy had a very profound affect on Macy, who discovered she wasn’t afraid of the police and FBI agents swarming the apartment complex. Instead, she was fascinated by their work and not only watched law enforcement in action but also walked the actual crime scene herself in search of clues.

Macy has never been married and has no children. For a long time, she considered herself married to her job and it wasn’t until she met FBI Special Agent Mike Nevada that she reconsidered her single status. However, her accident cut short their romance. Nevada is now the sheriff in a small Virginia town in the Shenandoah Valley. He understands Macy’s need to reclaim the FBI job she has always loved so much. In the last year, he has never forgotten her and is committed to helping regain her old life. When the two are paired on a cold case murder investigation in Nevada’s district, they become an unstoppable team.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
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Macy is at it again. This is a fast-paced read with a chilling trail of bodies that Macy has to follow.

Mike is the new sheriff and he has big shoes to fill. But what won him the spot was the fact that the previous sheriff was a "good ole' boy" who was more worried about keeping the people he lived around happy than solving crimes. He grew too complacent and when Mike saw the mess that the DNA testing kits were in, he knew he had to step up and get things done.

This is a town where nothing ever happens. It's quiet, almost sleepy. But when bones are found, it starts down a path where Macy and Mike will have to follow. There are people who prejudge and people who just want to bury their heads and believe that nothing bad can ever happen.

I really enjoyed how this book played out. There was a decent storyline when it came to Macy and Mike, although I thought that they lacked some chemistry. But since they had some history, that helped. Overall, this is a fantastic start to a new series and I can't wait for more.

This is an excellent story about an injured FBI investigator who is desperately trying to get back into the field after she was the victim of a hit and run accident that almost killed her. Macy Crow is good at her job and she refuses to let her injury make her less so. When an opportunity comes along to rejoin a task force, even on a trial basis, she jumps at the chance. Even if it puts her in Mike Nevada's path.

Sheriff Mike Nevada is a former FBI agent who left the agency to become sheriff in his hometown. When bones of a long dead missing teenager are found, and the DNA matches that of a unknown rapist, he knows he needs a lot more help than what his small department can offer.

Mike has been worried about Macy since the accident and having her in town is a boon he can't resist. He knows Macy and knows that she is an excellent agent and he has no doubt that she can help him solve the mystery of who's behind the murders. And he's hopeful that he can persuade her to give their romance another go.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the girls around the area.

Hide and Seek is the first book in Mary Burton’s new Criminal Profiler series. FBI Agent Macy Crow has appeared in a previous book by Burton but you do not have to have read it to read this series. Macy is recovering from injuries sustained in a hit and run and wants to join the profiler team. She is sent to a small town where Sheriff Nevada, previously her lover, is investigating the recently discovered remains of missing teen, which appears to be connected to the rapes of three teenagers in the same year.

This story is told from multiple points of view including that of the killer. I actually found the killer’s point of view quite creepy. Seeing him stalk and attack these teenagers and knowing he has been getting away with it for so long was disconcerting because he made it look easy.

It was absorbing reading Macy and Nevada’s methodical hunt for the killer, connecting the dots. Seeing various crimes of the past being connected so many years later because the sheriff at the time didn’t do his job properly had my blood boiling, although it helped knowing Macy would likely catch the killer. There are different suspects and a bit of misdirection that kept me on my toes but when the killer’s identity is revealed it is expected.

I’m a big fan of romantic suspense stories and Mary Burton can always be counted on to provide a good, engaging story. In this case, the romance plays a minor role, but I get the feeling we will see more of it in future stories. I thoroughly enjoyed Hide and Seek and I look forward to reading more of this series.

Mary Burton never disappoints but this might be my favourite of her books yet. I loved Macy Crow when we first met her in Cut and Run and she’s even more compelling in this story. Desperate to earn a place on an FBI profiling team, Macy returns to work while she’s still healing from her accident. Called to investigate a murder in a small town, Macy works with local law enforcement to uncover twenty-year-old secrets.

Macy is fierce, independent, and oddly likeable. Macy isn’t quite as hard as she was at the start of Cut and Run and her new vulnerabilities bother her more than she’s willing to admit. I loved the contrasts in Macy. Just beneath her tough persona is a woman full of self-doubt. Her relationship with Sheriff Nevada, a former lover, is complicated by the fact that after her accident, Macy isn’t quite as content with her nomadic lifestyle and convenient hook-ups. I love Macy’s brain and I enjoyed solving the crimes alongside her.

I really enjoyed the way this story digs into small town secrets and the relationships between the small town characters. As an outsider, Macy observes and questions but can never seem to get close enough to the killer. In contrast, the local law enforcement officers are too close to the crimes to maintain objectivity. The result is a complicated, challenging, and fast-paced murder mystery.

I feel like the romance is the weakest part of this book. I don’t mind because the murder mystery stands on its own easily and I love the characters. But Nevada and Macy’s relationship is a little bit too messy for an easy happily ever after and Macy is at her best when she’s a tough, independent hero. I feel like the romance aspect of this story compromises some of Macy’s identity. I actually found the platonic relationship between Macy and Brooke more interesting and I loved the interactions between the two women.

One little moan – this is marketed as the first book in a new series, but it is a direct sequel to Cut and Run. Any reader wanting to understand Macy will need to have read Cut and Run first. Once again, it really annoys me when authors and publishers don’t make the connections between series clear to readers.

Vivid blue sky, white clouds, and golden fall leaves blanketed the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains and created a picture-perfect day in the valley. In Macy’s book, the beauty was wasted. If she had God’s ear, today would have been cold, overcast, and damp. Save the pretty days until she caught this killer.

As she drove south down I-81, Macy mentally replayed her ten minutes of regional research. In the last couple of decades, the Shenandoah Valley’s population had ballooned thanks to a growing university, its proximity to Washington, DC, and a thriving tourism trade peddling vineyards, Civil War battlefields, and railroad museums. Filling in the economic gaps were warehouse distribution centers, chain hotels, and strip malls.

The voice of Macy’s GPS cut through AC/DC’s Back in Black blasting from her playlist and instructed her to take the upcoming exit toward Deep Run. As she rolled onto Route 250, a sign for her go-to fast-food eatery gave her an excuse to stretch her legs before driving the remaining ten miles to the crime scene.

Parking, she gingerly rose up out of the car. Her leg hurt. Stretches weren’t optional any more. She grabbed her ankle and pulled until the bunched muscles in her thigh released. After a quick walk around the lot, she made a beeline for the restaurant bathroom.

She glanced into the mirror as she washed her hands. Even after five months, she still didn’t recognize the woman with the short hair and thin face.

Nevada was in for a rude awakening.

She wiped her face with a paper towel. “Macy Crow, you’re above ground and headed in the right direction. That’s what counts.”

At the counter, she ordered a supersize bucket of fries and a large soda. It wasn’t that she loved the food—okay, maybe she did love the fries—but the chain restaurant’s predictability and sameness was comforting after so many life changes.

A few fries later, she was in her car and backing out of her space when her phone rang. Nevada’s number appeared. She cleared her throat and sat a little taller.

“Agent Macy Crow,” she said.

“Ramsey tells me you’re on your way. Where are you?”

He was direct, rarely charming, and she always knew where she stood with him. “Fifteen minutes from the barn.”

“I’m here now.”

The transition back into a working relationship appeared effortless. Whatever they had was over and done. No hard feelings.

“See you soon,” she said.

En route on the interstate, she ate her fries and drained her soda. There were no guarantees on when the next meal would be.

The last few miles took her down smaller roads until she spotted the driveway marked by stacked stones. Gravel crunched under her tires as she passed a freshly cleared field. Over the rise of a hill, she saw the old barn encircled by yellow crime scene tape.

When she had been researching the area, slogans such as “Best Quality of Life” and “Raise Your Family in Deep Run” popped up on her computer screen. As she had read about the area, she had kept glancing toward her open case file filled with images of Tobi Turner’s scattered bones. Recent pictures had captured the barn surrounded by dozens of state and local law enforcement vehicles crammed side by side in the grassy field.

Now as Macy parked, she noted that all the vehicles were gone expect for a lone black SUV. She grabbed her Glock from the glove box, holstered it, and stepped out of her car. Her worn hiking boots sloshed in the damp muddy soil. She tugged on an FBI windbreaker and draped her FBI credentials around her neck. As a stiff breeze blew a lingering chill and autumn scents, she checked her pockets for latex gloves, sunglasses, a small pocketknife, and pendant light.

Edginess and excitement fused as she strode toward the stretch of yellow tape and searched for Nevada. She ducked under the tape and stepped inside the barn.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six romance and suspense novels and five novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

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