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Compass Book Ratings

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FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn't take a vacation, and she's soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.

When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications--and even a secret or two?

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard keeps readers guessing with this fast-paced mystery laced with romance.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Over Maya Dead Body

by Sandra Orchard

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Overall Review:  

Over Maya Dead Body is the third book in the Serena Jones Mysteries.  It is unclear whether or not this is the final book.  The previous two books should be read first, if readers want to enjoy the full scope of the characters and their personalities.

The story has action, danger, romance, some suspense, and a bit of humor.  The author really helps readers enjoy her characters without telling everything she knows about them.  It makes it more interesting to learn about the characters as the story develops.  In particular, Aunt Martha is quite funny and yet witty and entertaining.

The interactions between the main female, Serena, and her male protagonists, Nate and Tanner, continue in the same manner as previous novels in the series.  There are some surprises and interesting developments along this front.  The book ends satisfactorily, but leaves an opening for a possible addition to the series.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Report of a man falling on rocks resulting in his death; two characters pull guns on one another, then lower them; a character is intentionally hit by a car; report of a character smacked in the head by a rock; explosions cause fire and injury; several times shots are fired; a person is tasered and then kidnapped.

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss, hold hands and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of a close friend, death of parents, smuggling, murder.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Speculation that a person had too much to drink.

Reviewed By Susan
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