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Book Review: Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson

Updated on November 7, 2014
Dead Between the Lines
Dead Between the Lines

Sex, Lies and Murder

Bestselling author Denise Swanson has hit yet another grand slam when it comes to Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries. With two previous entries in the series it looks like Dev will be around for a long time.

In Dead Between the Lines Dev has welcomed (with some trepidation) the Stepping Out Book Club to her five-and-dime store to hold their monthly meetings. While she welcomes groups to use the store for their social gatherings, she wasn't prepared for what would happen after the meeting.

The group invited author Lance Quistgaard to speak and shortly after arriving discovered it was a bad idea. Quistgaard soon became a nightmare for the group as he berated them and then after an argument stormed out of the shop leaving everyone speechless. After getting home late Dev received a phone call telling her to come back to the shop.

In the alley was Quistgaard's lifeless body. While not looking forward to having the store closed while the police begin their investigation, Dev enlists the aid of former beau Noah Underwood and U.S. marshal, Jake Del Vecchio to help with her own investigation. One thing she keeps from Jake is some valuable information regarding the author's murder.

Running concurrently with the book is another book called Ten Colors of Blonde and the mystery author behind it. Could Shadow Bend be the birthplace of the erotic novel?

While Swanson has created the takeoff of 50 Shades of Gray I couldn't help but thinking this installment itself is a little erotic. Although Swanson doesn't get into graphic sex scenes, I have to admit that yes there's a lot of eroticism in this book and a cold shower may cool you off. I don't think I've ever read a book where my mind was drifting as much as it does here.

The reader will probably want a little more in the future, but hey, it's only a book and your mind is entitled to "go there" wanting more. I think with adding the sexual tension the series has added another layer to future events.

Since small towns are brimming with secrets, Shadow Bend should be added to the list. I think there's going to be more secrets that come out of this town.

Mayberry its not.

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