The Shamrock Case (Amelia Moore Detective Series Book 2) by Linda Weaver Clarke
Published: June 22, 2014, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 150 pages
My Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her new partner, her business is flourishing.
When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?
My Review: Amelia Moore is at it again, this time in Ireland! Kate was adopted and wants to learn more about her birth relatives. She hires Amelia to find them for her. Amelia is a great detective and with the help of Rick, her partner, she is able to uncover Kate's heritage...and more. I loved the twist to the story. I loved the way real facts and locations were detailed in the story--I never knew so much about the Blarney Stone and it was fascinating!
Amelia is an enjoyable character. She's not a superhero, but she has a real knack for solving mysteries. She is a normal, down-to-earth woman, which is refreshing. I love seeing the romance between Rick and Amelia slowly unfold. He's a great guy who can hold his own and is full of surprises.
I think the author explains this type of story best when she told me:
"There are many types of mysteries to choose from such as a cozy mystery, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or the thriller. What is the difference? A cozy is an enjoyable story with a bit of humor. It can be slow paced but not boring by any means. The sleuth is always an intelligent and likeable woman. This genre is G-rated.
"A thriller has non-stop action and doesn’t let up until the climax of the story. The hard-boiled mystery has violence, plenty of action, and is R-rated. The soft-boiled mystery falls in the middle of the cozy and hard-boiled and has light humor.
"The Amelia Moore Detective Series is closer to a cozy than the others but is not a “who-done-it” mystery. Amelia Moore specializes in missing persons."
That's exactly what this series is about--fun, gentle, entertaining, without all the gore and violence. It's a fun series!
romance: mild kissing
About the Author:
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She has traveled to seventeen states and given over 400 workshops. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of six historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a new cozy mystery series, and a children’s book. She has also written two non-fiction e-books: Reflections of the Heart and Writing Your Family Legacy. All her books are family friendly.