Sawmill Springs
Homicide detective Mandi Murphy had seen enough bloodshed on the streets of Houston to last a lifetime. After a botched drug bust left a friend dead, she wanted out of the city. Peaceful little Sawmill Springs seemed like the perfect spot to start over. Six weeks on patrol proved the town to be as quiet and serene as she’d imagined.When things soured between FBI agent Kayla Dixon and her lover, she was ready for a change from the fast paced life she was living. Her father, the Police Chief in Sawmill Springs, offered her a job and she decided a change of pace was just what she needed. Her wish for slow and peaceful didn’t materialize, however, as mere hours after she starts her first shift, a prominent citizen is gunned down.The two women are thrust together to solve the murder and return Sawmill Springs to the sleepy small town the residents expect. As the investigation grows, so does their attraction. There’s just one problem—Murphy thinks Kayla is straight. Kayla admits to a failed marriage when she was eighteen and an ambiguous affair with another FBI agent convinces Murphy to steer clear of her. Kayla’s innocent flirting is met with skepticism and doubt…and temptation.Another murder not only strengthens their bond as partners but has them fighting to escape the clutches of a murderer. No longer able to ignore the budding attraction between them, they must decide if they are willing to start over…this time, together.

Sawmill Springs Details

TitleSawmill Springs
Author
ReleaseMay 16th, 2017
PublisherBella Books
ISBN1594935505
ISBN-139781594935503
Number of pages240 pages
Rating
GenreRomance, Mystery, Crime

Sawmill Springs Review

  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    “Sawmill Springs” presents one of the better police murder mysteries I’ve listened to in lesfic! It was quite fun having MCs Murphy and Kayla get to know and trust each other, flirt with each other, and eventually….well, I don’t want to give everything away! I will, though, share a favorite quote: ”Sex with you is so much fun. I never thought I’d like handcuffs.”“Don’t you EVER tell your father [the police chief] that!” Despite that steamy discussion (we didn’t get to enjoy that particular tryst “Sawmill Springs” presents one of the better police murder mysteries I’ve listened to in lesfic! It was quite fun having MCs Murphy and Kayla get to know and trust each other, flirt with each other, and eventually….well, I don’t want to give everything away! I will, though, share a favorite quote: ”Sex with you is so much fun. I never thought I’d like handcuffs.”“Don’t you EVER tell your father [the police chief] that!” Despite that steamy discussion (we didn’t get to enjoy that particular tryst with them), there’s relatively little explicit action in the book - I wouldn’t have minded more! For 70% of the book, Audrey is under the mistaken impression that Kayla is straight - reasonable, I guess, considering Kayla had been married, and initially didn’t describe her more recent relationship as being with a woman. Murphy is therefore confused by Kayla’s blatant flirting, and despite her attraction to Kayla she’s not inclined to start anything with a straight girl.Even after Kayla straightens Murphy out (heh, heh), the book continues to focus on solving the murder mystery, and it’s not until we’re 85% into the book that they finally kiss, and err, enjoy each other.As MCs, both Murphy and Kayla are likable, and the insta-attraction to each other is surprising, considering the build-up of Murphy hating the FBI (Kayla just retired from the Bureau), and Kayla fresh off, and still regretting, having had a relationship with a fellow Agent. Still, given that I was anticipating much angst that would be overcome, I was happy to have them hit it off and work well together right away.Kayla’s father Earl is Police Chief in Sawmill Springs, and faced with the town’s first murder in seven years, recognizes that former Houston homicide Detective Murphy and his daughter, former FBI agent, have the most experience and puts them in charge of the investigation. Earl is a good ol’ boy, but is considerate to his officers and a good father, though he wishes Kayla were straight. Though he doesn’t like lesbians, he hired Murphy knowing she’s gay because she was the best candidate available. Later in the book, Earl’s decisions became a bit good ol’ boy cartoonish as the murder case progressed, but by then Murphy and Kayla were enjoying each other so I paid less attention to Earl.The other book characters had significantly smaller parts, but fit in well with the theme of a small town (population 4,500) in Texas. Kindhearted and gossipy seemed to be the predominant traits. Even the local police officers never showed any antipathy toward Murphy (they suspect she’s gay) or Kayla (they know she’s the Chief’s daughter) during the murder investigations. The only woman at the sheriff’s department is lesbian too, by the way. If I ever get pulled over by a female cop, I certainly hope it’s in Sawmill Springs!Nicol Zanzarella narrated “Sawmill Springs”, and did a terrific job with both male and female voices, and did a great drawl for Earl in particular. For some, this could very well be a 5* book - it’s fun and entertaining. For me, the inconsistencies of why the MCs instantly like, respect and are attracted to each other given that their personal histories were specifically created to create conflict, and the overly accepting good ol’ boys in the police department, created just enough eye rolls that I can’t quite assign it 5*, despite being so fun. Therefore, it’s a 4.45*, solid 4* GR recommendation from me!
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  • Pippa
    January 1, 1970
    This is a little ripper from Hill. The characters are smart and capable. One is a former FBI agent and the other is a former detective. Both choose to move to a small town and join the local police force. There is a lot of flirting, and quite a bit of heat between them, which is always fun to read.There is also a crime thriller that runs through the book as well. This gives the two main characters the impetus to engage with one another, which also puts them both in some peril. Both aspects of th This is a little ripper from Hill. The characters are smart and capable. One is a former FBI agent and the other is a former detective. Both choose to move to a small town and join the local police force. There is a lot of flirting, and quite a bit of heat between them, which is always fun to read.There is also a crime thriller that runs through the book as well. This gives the two main characters the impetus to engage with one another, which also puts them both in some peril. Both aspects of the book are really well handled by Hill, who manages both the crime elements and the romantic elements well, and the mix is perfect.This is just a really well put together book. I thoroughly enjoyed it for the light crime/romance that it is.
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  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    I have read most books by Gerri Hill and enjoyed nearly all of them. Ms. Hill is a skilful writer so I was looking forward to reading this book. I'm glad I did.Sawmill Springs is a light mystery / romance that happens in a fictional little town mentioned in the book title. The main characters are Murphy, a former Houston police detective, the epitome of dark, tall and mysterious, and beautiful blonde Kayla, an allegedly straight ex FBI agent. They meet in their new jobs as officers at the Sawmil I have read most books by Gerri Hill and enjoyed nearly all of them. Ms. Hill is a skilful writer so I was looking forward to reading this book. I'm glad I did.Sawmill Springs is a light mystery / romance that happens in a fictional little town mentioned in the book title. The main characters are Murphy, a former Houston police detective, the epitome of dark, tall and mysterious, and beautiful blonde Kayla, an allegedly straight ex FBI agent. They meet in their new jobs as officers at the Sawmill Springs police department both looking for a quiet uneventful service. When the murders start, they realise that is not going to happen and as the investigation progresses so does their mutual attraction.Despite this is not a fast paced, page-turner thriller, the plot has interesting twists and turns that keeps the reader hooked. The romance part is skillfully written with funny dialogues and good chemistry.Overall, an entertaining light read, Gerri Hill fans won't be disappointed. 4 stars.ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    This author has to be one of my all time favourite lesfic novelists. She always produces well crafted and often emotional and interesting plots. However, while this book is highly readable it did feel a little like popcorn - sweet, but no substance. Also, as a Brit, I have to wonder at the quality of the US police enforcement. Is this indicative of what actually happens? Gosh I really hope not. Will I read the next book from this author, of course!
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  • Mirtha Siblesz
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely story!Loved the book . Loved the characters of Murphy and Kayla. The supporting cast was equally very good. I'm hopeful there will be a sequel with possibly Gloria as the main character. I liked the suspense of the murder mystery and the humor between the two women. Overall, the book is well done!
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  • Tiff
    January 1, 1970
    Gerri Hill is one of my favorite go to writers. She has beautiful style and while every book might not be a 5 star it’s almost guaranteed a four star, that saying something pretty spectacular, right? That you can rely completely on her books being quality reads time and time again. Mandi Murphy moves from Houston to Sawmill Springs after a horrible case goes wrong and ends up resulting in the death of a friend. She decides a slower pace is needed and she takes a job offer in sleepy Sawmill Sprin Gerri Hill is one of my favorite go to writers. She has beautiful style and while every book might not be a 5 star it’s almost guaranteed a four star, that saying something pretty spectacular, right? That you can rely completely on her books being quality reads time and time again. Mandi Murphy moves from Houston to Sawmill Springs after a horrible case goes wrong and ends up resulting in the death of a friend. She decides a slower pace is needed and she takes a job offer in sleepy Sawmill Springs. Expecting to give traffic tickets and break up the occasional bar fight, Murphy no way expects to start her career with a murder case that continues to escalate daily.Kayla Dixon is the Police Chief’s daughter, she just happens to be a former FBI agent as well. Kayla leaves Dallas to escape a terrible breakup and the frantic pace of the FBI. Her dad offers her a job on his staff and she jumps at the chance to come home. Thank goodness she does, because Murphy and Kayla are the only officers in town that can handle a killer on the loose.Kayla and Murphy are partnered together. They both are new on the Sawmill Springs police force to solve a multiple murder case. This case is one with very little clues, and a whole town frightened by the turn of events. As the case increases in intensity, so does their friendship and attraction. This one is a great murder mystery with a heavy dose of romance. The interaction between our two mains is cute and the dialogue is well written and believable. A really good story, my only complaint, and it is pretty small, it I wish just a little more time was spent on the mains interacting with each other outside of solving the case. Take that chemistry up one notch and it would have been stellar. 4 stars
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  • Rosi
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed a lot with this book. The story is not original at all but I've found the combination of the characters, situations and plot quite interesting. Both main characters arrive to the smalltown of Sawmill Springs trying to let behind their bad experiences in the big city and looking for a slower paced way of life. Evidently the pace they find is not that they were expecting. In my review of the previous book written by Gerry Hill, The Roundabout, I already noted that it had some points t I've enjoyed a lot with this book. The story is not original at all but I've found the combination of the characters, situations and plot quite interesting. Both main characters arrive to the smalltown of Sawmill Springs trying to let behind their bad experiences in the big city and looking for a slower paced way of life. Evidently the pace they find is not that they were expecting. In my review of the previous book written by Gerry Hill, The Roundabout, I already noted that it had some points that remembered me to Robin Alexander books and in this one I've also find some similarities. Some bizarre and hilarious situations have made me laugh a lot and the reading has been very pleasant and fun.
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  • Val
    January 1, 1970
    Another good read by Gerri Hill. If you liked her other books, you'll like this one.
  • Ty
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Gerri Hill's police dramas are my favorites from her. I always really love the characters and the interplay between them. This one is no different. Murphy and Kayla are great, and they have amazing chemistry between them. I hope Hill writes other books about them. My one major complaint about this one is the wrap up of the police case. It was a really great story, but once the officers figured out "whodunnit," so to speak, none of the actions they took made any sense. At least in term 3.5 stars. Gerri Hill's police dramas are my favorites from her. I always really love the characters and the interplay between them. This one is no different. Murphy and Kayla are great, and they have amazing chemistry between them. I hope Hill writes other books about them. My one major complaint about this one is the wrap up of the police case. It was a really great story, but once the officers figured out "whodunnit," so to speak, none of the actions they took made any sense. At least in terms of actual police work. And the way it was all written seemed to actually reduce the tension for the reader, which seems an odd choice to me. Still, a solid book, as always from Hill.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Wasn't as good as the last audio book I got by Gerri Hill and narrated by Nicol Zanzarella. (The Roundabout). However I enjoyed the story and the narration was good. I try not to compare too much, but I really liked The roundabout and was hoping for that same magic.
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  • Fin
    January 1, 1970
    Terrible book. Where would I even start with reviewing this book?I thought the romantic leads where flat, pale imitations of previous Gerri Hill characters.The reasoning why Murphy came to Sawmill Springs was too similar to what had happened to other characters in other books by the author and her story of FBI agents planting evidence and bogus busts all so they could get revenge on somebody who killed a gang member was typical Gerri Hill using an overly convoluted story where simple would be be Terrible book. Where would I even start with reviewing this book?I thought the romantic leads where flat, pale imitations of previous Gerri Hill characters.The reasoning why Murphy came to Sawmill Springs was too similar to what had happened to other characters in other books by the author and her story of FBI agents planting evidence and bogus busts all so they could get revenge on somebody who killed a gang member was typical Gerri Hill using an overly convoluted story where simple would be better.Murphy believing Kayla was straight went on for way to long. It got to the point where it was obviously manufactured and didn't mesh with the natural flow of the story. The plot. I mean when you have create a character named "Mister X" to move the plot along, you have to stop and say to yourself, what am I doing?OMG, Gerri Hill. Less. Is. More.But the absolute worst part about this book is the behavior of the Chief of Police and the absolute cluelessness of both Murphy and Kayla. I am still convinced that Chief Dixon was in on the killings with his brother. Nothing else makes a lick of sense. 1. At the first murder he refuses to allow the processing of the crime scene. Later, Murphy and Kayla have to chase him down for autopsy results. Murphy is bothered by this but doesn't say anything and apparently didn't think about it at any other time in the book.2. At the second murder scene, he not only refuses to allow the crime scene to be processed, claiming respect for the dead even though we find out later he thought the guy was a slime ball, but he personally contaminates the scene on purpose and deliberately allows others to contaminate the scene. On top of that, he refuses to accept that the two murders are connected and then attempts to prevent his two investigators from coming back the following day to go over the crime scene. Murphy is again bothered but shrugs it off because he's the boss. Kayla chalks it up to him being stuck in his ways. Both characters at this point are being conveniently dense.3. His brother confesses to trafficking over a million dollars a week in cocaine and he doesn't arrest him on the spot. Murphy is bothered by this but Kayla seems to believe that small town police departments covering up major drug trafficking operations is a fairly normal occurrence. 4. Even though his brother confessed, there are two men dead and his brother implicated the town mayor, the chief doesn't bring in the district attorney to determine if there is enough evidence for an arrest warrant for the mayor.5. When the mayor and his wife are murdered, the chief of police withholds details from the sheriff about the information learned from his brother and both Kayla and Murphy again say noting even thought they are bothered by it. Again, they chalk this up to his stubbornness and being stuck in his ways. They also allow that he wants to protect his brother. Neither considers the option that perhaps the chief of police is more involved than he lets on. At this point in the book I assumed he was the killer. His behavior made not sense otherwise. This wasn't stubbornness or being set in his ways or trying to protect his brother or even trying to prevent gossip. This was deliberately sabotaging multiple murder and drug trafficking investigations.6. When Murphy and Kayla push for warrants on financials and phone records, etc, he orders them to stop investigating and to instead go protect his brother because he has done a complete 180 and now believes that the killer is a local. Again, both are outraged but simply fall back on thinking they have no option since he is in charge. A former big city homicide detective and former FBI agent still have zero suspicions about the chief's actions even though at this point he should be the prime suspect.7. Chief refuses to believe his brother is the killer even though he confessed to both Kayla and Murphy, held a gun to Murphy's head and tied them both up. When Murphy and Kayla want to return to the cabin with the chief they are ordered to go home and sleep. Again, they don't agree but the idea that the chief is partnering with his brother never occurs to either of them. 8. The chief refuses to issue a BOLO on his brother even though he's confessed to four murders.9. When his brother is holding a gun to his daughter's head, he is more concerned with whether she is sleeping with Murphy than in her safety. Every shred of information points to the chief of police working with his brother. But despite the obviousness of his involvement, the concept that he's involved never occurs to either Kayla or Murphy. Not even in passing.And that's the problem with the book. You have an author writing supposedly intelligent and experienced characters but in order for the plot to move forward and work, those characters have to behave as if they are stupid and clueless. And every time I thought that it couldn't get worse, it got worse.We never found out what happened to the money because the chief of police has it. The only logical conclusion of this book was that the chief of police was working with his brother to kill the others and pocket the money. And yet, I don't think the author intended that to be the logical conclusion at all.I think she felt she wrote a book where the man's motivations really could be explained away as just being stubborn, stuck in his ways and by the fact that he'd never had to really investigate a murder.And at the end of the day, that's what makes this book utter shit.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about as interesting as a tin of asparagus.
  • Blink51n
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI enjoyed this book. I was travelling when I read it, so finished quickly. It was well paced and remained interesting. Some good character development, but is very much a plot driven story. The whodunnit is solid and the romance is very sweet, though slow. A few misunderstandings were cringeworthy in that second-hand embarrassment kind of way, but forgivable. Finishing Sawmill Springs left me feeling a little like leaving the cinema after an action flick: pure entertainment without much 4.5 starsI enjoyed this book. I was travelling when I read it, so finished quickly. It was well paced and remained interesting. Some good character development, but is very much a plot driven story. The whodunnit is solid and the romance is very sweet, though slow. A few misunderstandings were cringeworthy in that second-hand embarrassment kind of way, but forgivable. Finishing Sawmill Springs left me feeling a little like leaving the cinema after an action flick: pure entertainment without much brain strain which is exactly what I was looking for when I started.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I can see why Geri Hill is so popular. She is able to write to a formula that she has perfected over the years. But a formula is no good without good writing, good characters, and a good plot. And Sawmill Springs has all of these. Not only that, but Hill—at least in the two books I have read by her—manages to add in a slant to the story. In Hunter’s Way it is the fact that Tori Hunter, the bitchy, work-obsessed protagonist, has never had a friend. In Sawmill Springs, it is more complicated. Hill I can see why Geri Hill is so popular. She is able to write to a formula that she has perfected over the years. But a formula is no good without good writing, good characters, and a good plot. And Sawmill Springs has all of these. Not only that, but Hill—at least in the two books I have read by her—manages to add in a slant to the story. In Hunter’s Way it is the fact that Tori Hunter, the bitchy, work-obsessed protagonist, has never had a friend. In Sawmill Springs, it is more complicated. Hill gives her two protagonists equal space. Mandi Murphy is an ex-Homicide Detective from Houston who decided to move to calmer pastures when a drug bust went wrong. Kayla Dixon is an ex-FBI agent who also decided to choose the quieter life of Sawmill Springs, Texas, where her father is police chief. The slant is that these two women—the only two women in the unit—are the only ones that have any experience in actually investigating homicides. So when a murder occurs the day of Kayla’s first day on the job, she and Murphy (don’t call her Mandi unless you want to experience the “death stare”) are given the job of solving it. And they do a great job; that is, they would have done a great job if Kayla’s father hadn’t taken over the investigation and given them bullshit orders. The good news is that it is the Chief’s orders send them into a dangerous (and contrived) situation, so that they actually didn’t walk into it like some other detectives I could name. Luckily, they come out of it unscathed and are able to do the groundwork that results in clearing up the crimes.Because both Murphy and Kayla have equal importance in the novel, Hill gives both point-of-view chapters. Interestingly, when they are together, the POV sometimes fluctuates from one to the other. I’m not sure I mind this much. The only problem is that the two POVs are so similar I wasn’t always sure who was talking or thinking. So, yes, I liked both characters, but I wish they were just a little more differentiated.Like Hunter’s Way,, this novel is competently, but not artistically written. It has a good mix of characters, a nice budding romance, and a few too manly romantic clichés. In short, it is probably a quintessentially perfect book for the beach or long airplane trip. Give it somewhere between a 3 and a 4.Note: I read a review copy of this book, which was kindly provided by the publisher through Lesbrary in e-book form. Another Note: See my full reviews of over 250 other Lesbian Mystery novels at http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...
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  • Kate Charlton
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it, I couldn't put it down and I finished it in a day. THAT is a great book. Beautifully written characters, excellent dialogue, plenty of drama to keep you gripped throughout and humor to make you smile. What more could you possibly want. Buy it, read it, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    When I see Gerri Hill's name, I think the "Big Gun" writer for Bella. She has written over 30 books and has had a long, successful career. When a new book by Hill comes out, I get excited. I especially enjoy her crime/cops/agents type books. When I found out this book was about small town police officers, yes please!This story is about Mandi "Murphy", an ex homicide detective from Houston, who moves to the small town of Sawmill Springs. Murphy was worn out from her last job, and was looking forw When I see Gerri Hill's name, I think the "Big Gun" writer for Bella. She has written over 30 books and has had a long, successful career. When a new book by Hill comes out, I get excited. I especially enjoy her crime/cops/agents type books. When I found out this book was about small town police officers, yes please!This story is about Mandi "Murphy", an ex homicide detective from Houston, who moves to the small town of Sawmill Springs. Murphy was worn out from her last job, and was looking forward to the quiet pace of a small town. She hears news that another women officer is joining their small force. It is Kayla, the Chief's daughter and ex FBI agent. When a murder rocks the small town, Murphy and Kayla, the most experience, are put on the case. Murphy has a bad past with the FBI. Can they work together to bring down the killer, before it's too late?I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of what I consider a "classic" Hill book. You are instantly drawn into the story, and don't want to put the book down. The pacing of this book really works. It is not a thriller, but it keeps you on your toes. I was into it, following along, trying to figure out who the murderer is. I just liked the overall feel of the book.Both main character are likeable. Hill writes good cops and agent characters, she always has. My only small complaint, I could have used a little more chemistry between the mains. It is there, I just would have liked a little more. Although, I understand that is not always easy when your characters are trying to solve a murder. Anyway, I still liked the characters together, and was hoping for a HEA or at least a HFN.I don't know if Hill has plans to make this a series, but for me it screams for one. I loved the small town setting, with gossipy side characters. Plus I want more with Murphy and Kayla. I really hope we will see a book 2. If you are a fan of Hill, or enjoy books with cops, don't pass this up. It's a good read, and I really enjoyed it.An ARC was given to me by Bella, for a honest review.
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  • Velvet Lounger
    January 1, 1970
    When two new cops join the local force in Sawmill Springs nobody had any idea the small town would need their big city skills. Homicide detective Murphy has escaped from the drug wars of Houston to a quieter life, while ex FBI agent Kayla is returning home to join her Police Chief father’s force after a career turned sour.Within hours of Kayla joining the squad the murders start, and before long the bigwigs of the town all seem to be in danger. While Murphy and Kayla have the skills, they are th When two new cops join the local force in Sawmill Springs nobody had any idea the small town would need their big city skills. Homicide detective Murphy has escaped from the drug wars of Houston to a quieter life, while ex FBI agent Kayla is returning home to join her Police Chief father’s force after a career turned sour.Within hours of Kayla joining the squad the murders start, and before long the bigwigs of the town all seem to be in danger. While Murphy and Kayla have the skills, they are the newbies on the force, the only women, and the locals are not used to dealing with high powered women cops.

As the investigation gets more and more murky, touching on the lives of Kayla’s family and friends, the attraction between Kayla and Murphy grows, but despite her best efforts at flirting Murphy seems immune to Kayla’s obvious charms.

This is classic Gerri Hill; crime, cops, romance. Well written and executed with a great story line, Hill pulls you in from the start and immerses you in the life, death and loves of the small town characters. The pace is excellent, no thriller chases, but a strong ‘move-along’ plot that keeps you interested and waiting for more.

The main characters are great, song independent and powerful women who have made it elsewhere and taken a step back to slow down and re-group. Both likeable and amusing, they bounce of each other from the start and their happy ever after is guaranteed, however long they take to get there.

The small town characters are amusing, interesting and drawn in with loving detail, the gossips and busybodies highlighting all the issues of living in a fish bowl. At times the clumsiness of the local cops did seem a little over the top, surely even they watch CSI, and I did expect our two heroines to kick off about the total lack of procedure, but maybe I misunderstand the politics of a small town police force and the authority of the Chief.

Gerri Hill fans will love it, and if you haven't read any Gerri Hill where have you been? Always entertaining, she has a knack of quickly setting up a situation and giving a full story arc, while subtly developing her characters and building their connects through the action. Highly recommended - another great crime/romance from one of the masters of her trade - here's hoping this is the first of a new series as I would definitely like more.
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    There better be a sequel to this!I can never go wrong with any book from Gerri Hill, she always knows how to combine a mystery, romance and the great outdoors together. Mandi Murphy and Kayla are both beautiful, professional law enforcement agents who both left busy city lives and top careers to work as patrol officers in Sawmill Springs. The only thing is that Kayla is the Chief's daughter and Mandi was afraid to get involved with her but the investigation Kayla and Mandi were working on brough There better be a sequel to this!I can never go wrong with any book from Gerri Hill, she always knows how to combine a mystery, romance and the great outdoors together. Mandi Murphy and Kayla are both beautiful, professional law enforcement agents who both left busy city lives and top careers to work as patrol officers in Sawmill Springs. The only thing is that Kayla is the Chief's daughter and Mandi was afraid to get involved with her but the investigation Kayla and Mandi were working on brought a lot of surprises their way, surprises they never dreamed were possible.
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  • Weetniet7
    January 1, 1970
    As a detective story the book is alright. It's no pageturner, but it's entertaining enough. As for the love story: seriously?I liked all the characters well enough, but the build up was a bit of a letdown. Gerri Hill has written such beautiful, albeit predictable, stories but this one was just... meh.
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  • Lira
    January 1, 1970
    These characters were keepers. I loved Murphy and Kayla right off the bat. The chemistry between them was evident and never felt forced to me. I was into the crime aspect of the story but was disappointed with the missing details to tie up the case at the end. Made it seem like there could be a sequel. I would love follow up stories with these characters. This could be a new series for sure!
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  • anne jones
    January 1, 1970
    Gerri hill always provides a pleasant although predictable read ,great for the beach ,this book is no different ,a few pleasant hours spend
  • Celina
    January 1, 1970
    It was good but it didn't give me that old "I am Agent" feels. Too much police work and less flirting.. I don't like that!!! I want like hunter or Cj stuff..
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