by Karen Rose

February 2007
ISBN: 978-0-446-61690-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

When reading Count To Ten it will take some time to figure out what the title means, but you will not be able to put this book down until you find out. Karen Rose did keep me turning the pages for there was something you had to know.

Mia Mitchell is one heck of a Detective for the Chicago Police Department and it will take all of her instincts and more to figure this one out. Her partner is still in the hospital from a gunshot wound and she has just returned to work from one herself. She has also just buried her father, a cop, but there is no love lost there. Her sister is in prison and her dearest mother is the most selfish person and the worst parent. How Mia keeps it together with this going on shows just what a strong person she is and what she will take to do her job. There are many secrets that she hides and to find out you must read this book.

Reed Solliday is a single father due to the loss of his wife five years ago to cancer. He daughter, Elizabeth, better known as Beth is fourteen and his sister helps him when he has the late night phone calls. Reed is not only Mia’s temporary partner but he is Lieutenant for the Chicago Fire Department as one of their investigators. This latest Fire/Homicide is what will bring the two of them together.

How close will they get? Will they let their hearts get involved? How close will the killer or fire starter get to them or their families? Will one have to risk their life for the other? What about the press? Will they help or put one of them or their family members in danger? What about Mia’s secret, if it gets out will her fellow officers still respect her? Just what does Count To Ten really mean?

I found my answer to every question that popped into my head while reading this book. I would highly recommend this book. It is a keeper for me, so I would say run and purchase this book - you will not regret it at all.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Theresa.

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