Love is Murder, edited by Sandra Brown, is a new anthology featuring some of the hottest romantic suspense writers in the industry. Each of the 30 original stories will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. Authors include some of my all-time favorites, such as Julie Kenner and Mariah Stewart, as well as many others, like Lee Child, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Brenda Novak. While it was a thrill to read my favorites, I also really enjoyed reading new authors that I didn’t really know about before. While the stories all differ in plot line, ranging from kidnapping to murder, every tale centers around a love story. I’m not a fan of straight-up romance, but I do love when it’s mixed with an element of suspense. Love is Murder is perfect for lounging on the beach or at the pool side. The stories aren’t scary enough to keep you up at night, but the suspense element keeps them from being sappy. Check out the excerpt from Mariah Stewart’s tale in the anthology, Without Mercy.
Mariah Stewart – Without Mercy
Mallory Russo stood and eased the kinks from her back. She’d spent most of the afternoon sitting in the same spot, reading resumes that had flooded in to her employer, the Mercy Street Foundation. Ever since her boss, megamogul Robert Magellan, announced that he was funding an organization to investigate unsolved missing persons cases and needed to hire the best law enforcement personnel he could find, the flow of resumes had been nonstop.
The foundation was a private investigative firm with a unique twist: once a case was selected, their services were free. So now, they needed staff to handle the number of cases that were coming in. Mallory was wavering between two hopefuls—a retired detective from Miami and an FBI profiler who was looking for some new challenges—when the phone in her pocket rang.
About Mariah Stewart
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of thirty novels, three novellas, and three short stories, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Her books are currently published by both Pocket Books and Ballantine Books. She has the unique distinction of having had the same agent and the same editorial team for every one of her novels.
A native of Highstown, New Jersey, Stewart is a member of novelists, Inc, Thriller Writers International, PASIC, the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, the Valley Forge Romance Writers and the Washington Romance Writers. She lives with her husband and their dogs amidst the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life, tends her gardens, and tries to avoid running the amish buggies off the road with her SUV.
She considers herself one lucky son of a gun to have landed the best job in the world: getting paid for making up stories. At home. In sweats and J. Crew flip flops. Could life be sweeter?
Note- I received a free paperback copy of this book to help with my review. My opinions are my own.