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This is a very different take on a detective series. 'Secrets' is sixth in the series and my first read. Our protagonist plays a very different role than just about any other I've seen. Adams is succinct, getting the job done in just 204 pages. She keeps the action moving with lots of characters and chapters moving back and forth along different, merging trajectories. It is not just action though, the players are nuanced and believable. She also uses nice historical backdrop to the plot that gives an additional dimension to the book. Adams is my kind of author, a great storyline, characters that make you want to come back served up with that beautiful, spare style. I should also say that the publisher, Severn House, gives fine attention to the quality of the book, making it a pleasure to handle page by page. ( )
  danhammang | May 22, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0727882902, Hardcover)

When a man breaks into Mollie Chambers’ house she tells the police that she has never seen him before.
 Ex-DI Alec Friedman – her honorary nephew – isn’t so sure. Mollie has lived an eventful life, as the wife of a diplomat, and he knows she is still haunted by the horrors of more than one war. Alec and his blind wife, Naomi, want to help, but prickly Mollie is a private person, and he and Naomi have their own pressing issues: now that Alec has resigned from the police, what should he do next? And where should they make their home?
 But while Alec has quit the force, the force hasn’t quit him – his former colleague, DI Barnes, wants to bring him in on the case unofficially, and Alec finds it hard to say no. But just what is it that Mollie has got herself in to? Alec and Naomi only find out just what murky waters they’re wading in when it’s much too late . . .

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When a man breaks into Mollie Chambers' house she tells the police that she has never seen him before. Ex-DI Alec Friedman, her honorary nephew, isn't so sure. Mollie has lived an eventful life, as the wife of a diplomat, and he knows she is still haunted by the horrors of more than one war. Alec and his blind wife, Naomi, want to help, but prickly Mollie is a private person, and he and Naomi have their own pressing issues: now that Alec has resigned from the police, what should he do next? And where should they make their home? But while Alec has quit the force, the force hasn't quit him -- his former colleague, DI Barnes, wants to bring him in on the case unofficially, and Alec finds it hard to say no. But just what is it that Mollie has got herself in to? Alec and Naomi only find out just what murky waters they're wading in when it's much too late.… (more)

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