The other night I stayed up late to finish reading Rachel Grant’s Concrete Evidence, one of the tensest suspense novels I’ve read in a long time. I mentioned the book recently when I started reading it, and it turned out to be just as good as I expected.
The heroine of Concrete Evidence, Erica Kesling, has a job and a life far from the troubles that cost her a career in underwater archeology, but she knows she’s still in danger. If the truth comes out, she may lose the job she has now, and her entire archeological career. The incompetent intern assigned to her, Lee Scott, is far too attractive to ignore, and may not be what he seems. When the man who caused her career-changing disaster appears on the scene, apparently thick as thieves with the management of the Cultural Resource firm where she works, Erica no longer knows who the real thieves are. Who stole the artifacts, and where are they now? Who is smuggling what? And who is out to silence Erica, by killing her if need be? Concrete Evidence is an edge-of-your-seat ride, all the way to an ending that I did not see coming.
As soon as I finished Concrete Evidence I looked for Grant’s next book, Grave Danger, another archeological thriller which has just been released on Amazon. I’ve added it to my Kindle, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
At lunch yesterday (a pork fiesta bowl with extra onions at Pollo Campero in Webster, Texas), I pulled out my Kindle and read Tempest in the White City, a short story by Deeanne Gist. The story, like her new release It Happened at the Fair, which I picked up (the paper version) last weekend, takes place at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. The story introduces Hunter Scott, a Texas Ranger serving as a Columbian Guard at the Fair, and the lady doctor who treats him for a rather embarrassing illness. (Even Gist’s short stories come with beautiful covers!) Hunter and Dr. Tate will be back in Gist’s next novel. Meanwhile, the download includes a peek at this year’s book, the recently released It Happened at the Fair, which is high on my To Be Read list. I even bought an extra copy for a friend–books do make such wonderful gifts.