I am admitting upfront that I have NOT read the first two books in this series. The nice part about this series is that readers really do not need to read the other books. Yes, it helps some to know more information about the characters, BUT it is not required.
When Annie’s ex-boyfriend and fellow Army friend comes back into her life everything is turned upside down-inside out and just a mess. A mess of trouble that is. Michael is a friendly out going person who loves to play jokes/pranks on people. To do the outrageous, Michael even sit in a closet just to see/talk to Annie again. He is a little stalkish in behavior.
Annie is getting her life back together after the army and being dumped by Michael. She now helps to run a successful PI business with her fiancé. This fiancé is a little unusual, he does not seem the possessive or jealous type. He seems very laid back and casual in his relationship with Annie.
When Michael is accused of killing his roommate Annie steps up to help clear his name. What she did not know is how far she reaches into her own family to get the true killer.
To this reader this is one of those books that is easy to read, keeps you attention but does not drag on. It has just enough characters to keep everything interesting while providing the perfect balance in story/plot. I enjoyed that Brooks did not worry about adding needless sex scenes to this mystery (boarding on drama) story.
I say it is boarding on drama because it seems that all the characters are very familiar with each other. They all have a connection from the past. Brookes provides just enough information to enlighten readers to characters past but does not overwhelm readers with the useless information/details that are not needed. At slightly over 336 pages this is a page turning book to keep you up late at night until finished.
The bunnies and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this third book in the series and have moved the first two up on our TBR pile.
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About the book: When Annie Ogden’s ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore? The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister’s creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual. Annie’s problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it’s too late. Get Collateral Damage through Amazon.
About the author: Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the widely-acclaimed Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and Collateral Damage. The books do not have to be read in order. Having lived in Switzerland for the past two decades, Brooke has taught English, run a business and learned French, German and Italian. You can find him online at www.FrederickLeeBrooke.com. Sign up for his newsletter and read all about his travels, recipes, and upcoming works! Connect with Fred on his website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.
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