by Beverly Barton

July 2006
ISBN: 0-8217-7688-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Itís summer, and time to be lazy and sit back and enjoy your favorite pastime. If youíre at this site then itís safe to assume your favorite pastime is reading. I would like to recommend you clear your schedule, find your favorite reading place, your favorite cool beverage and read Close Enough to Kill by Beverly Barton.

Adams County is a sleepy area where nothing major occurs, and the sheriff is Bernie Granger, a female who is the third generation to hold the post in this county. Her family are long time residents of Adamís Landing, and her sister Robyn owns and operates the townís fitness center. Everyone knows and loves the outgoing Granger family, and the idea that someone could hurt one of them is unconceivable.

Jim Norton was a detective with the Memphis Police Department. When his partner is murdered and his marriage falls apart Jim canít help but be a mixture of emotions. He wants nothing more than to be a good loving father to his son Kevin, but his ex-wife Mary Lee seems to have other ideas. When the job opportunity in the Adamís County Sheriffís Department comes up Jim sees it as just what he needs to try to be closer both in location and emotionally to his son.

No one expects Jimís first day on the job to be hectic or to turn into the chase and capture of a serial killer that is soon turns into. Bernie and Jim have to learn to work together professionally more quickly than either had planned. They soon find that not only do they click professionally, but they are forming a close personal friendship as well.

Ms. Barton has done an excellent job of bringing readers into the lives of Jim, Bernie, and everyone involved with them. All of the characters are well rounded, yet the secondary characters realize that they are secondary, and stay nicely in the background.

Remember clear your calendars, tell the family itís time to fend for themselves, and immerse yourself in the strong suspense, and subtle romance of Close Enough To Kill. I promise you wonít be disappointed.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Sandi.

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