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Friday, March 15, 2013
Dangerous Impulses by F.M. Meredith
Officer Gordon Butler is a character you can’t help but like. He has his flaws but he means well and is very likable.
Butler finally gets a bit of the spotlight in F.M. Meredith’s latest installment of the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Dangerous Impulses. While the story doesn’t focus just on Butler, he does have a chance to shine and show he is a dependable cop despite the knack he has for comical encounters. Things begin to look up for Butler when Officer, Lizette Gibbs, the new hire, is assigned as his partner.
Things don’t stay quiet long in Rocky Bluff, however. When a mother and her teenage son are found murdered in their home, the chaos begins. Before a reliable suspect can be found, a group of teenagers become seriously ill while attending a party. It appears they have taken something that made them deadly ill, but no one is talking and everyone acts scared.
The department is faced with finding a killer and discovering who supplied the toxic refreshments for the teenagers. As the two investigations get underway, the officers are soon crossing paths as it seems several suspects are connected to both.
Dangerous Impulses is the 9th installment in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, but can be read alone. New readers won’t be left in the dark due to previous storylines. Returning fans, however, will be glad to catch up with the on-going lives of the officers.
Author F.M. Meredith has created well-developed characters that are realistic and likable. Readers who follow the series can enjoy that Meredith blends the crime solving with behind-the-scene looks at how the officers and their families cope day-to-day. Meredith doesn’t glamorize the officers’ personal lives. She gives her characters real issued to deal with in their home life such as expecting a child with Down Syndrome and dealing with ex-spouses.
Dangerous Impulses moves at a quick pace with twists to keep you guessing until the end. As the story deals with murder and mayhem, Meredith also sprinkles in humor to give balance. She creates characters that are zany and fun that you’ll enjoy caring about as you try to solve the mystery.
Dangerous Impulses by F.M. Meredith, A Rocky Bluff P.D. Novel, Oak Tree Press, @2013, ISBN: 978-1610090605, Paperback, 202 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - An eBook copy of this book was sent to me by the author as part of a virtual blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy stories where the characters’ personal and professional lives are intertwined?
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