Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: The Mysterious Doll by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Mysterious Doll (Amelia Moore Detective Series Book 4) by Linda Weaver Clarke
ebook, 162 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2015 by Smashwords Edition 
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 her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.

Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

My Review:
I've read all of this author's mysteries and this one is my favorite! They're all good, but they just keep getting better and better. I think part of it is getting to know the characters more with each book and watching the way Amelia and her partner, Rick, work together.

Amelia is a smart woman--one who definitely follows her hunches and thinks outside of the box. Rick is there to bring new ideas and ways of thinking into the partnership in order to help solve the cases. Rick and Amelia are attracted to one another and their relationship slowly develops over each passing book. There was a lot more romance between them in this one and it was very sweet to watch them interact with one another. They didn't let that get in the way of their work.

The mystery element was great! It moved along at a good pace and just when I thought I had it figured out at the end, a few twists were thrown in and I was at a loss once again. What I especially love is there are always great characters, a good plot, an entertaining mystery, and it's all clean. These books don't have to be read in order, since each book is about a different case, but it really helps to do so in order to see the progression of both the working and personal relationship between Rick and Amelia.

Content: no language; mild violence; no religious elements; squeaky clean romance
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About the Author:  
Linda Weaver Clarke 
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of the historical romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes: Melinda and the Wild West - a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” and a new mystery series, “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.” 

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