I’ve recently read the first two books in the Garrett Investigations Bureau series by Claire Plaisted. If you want to know a bit more about the series check out the author interview from two days ago. She talks about the series in the interview. Following are my reviews of the first two books.
Hidden Secrets (Garrett Investigation Book 1)
by Claire Plaisted
Anastasia Belaruski, an agent for Garrett Investigation Bureau, has a Hidden Secret. Though she doesn’t know it yet, it will all come tumbling around her as her latest assignment progresses. Never mind her boss, Malachy Garrett, falling in love with her at the most inconvenient of times.
Detective and spy novels have been among the genres I read since I was in my teens. I found this book free on Amazon so decided to give it a try. The preface and first chapter were a bit confusing and the plot got off to a slow start. However as the plot progressed the story picked up speed and became much more interesting.
At first I thought maybe the story involved drugs but it turns out to be something much more sinister. More like human trafficking and experimentation all wrapped up together. The characters are well done and engaging with a strong female lead character. The book has a satisfying conclusion yet leaves room for a sequel. I’m looking forward to reading the entire series.
Secrets Past (Garrett Investigations Bureau Book 2)
by Claire Plaisted
Rosetta’s first solo assignment was to delve into an Art Theft Ring in a small mountain town. What could go wrong? Who was the mysterious man trying to protect her? Who wanted her dead and why? Follow the twists and turns and see if Rosie survives.
I enjoyed this suspense thriller romance. The plot was great. Rosetta, Rosie for short, is sent by GIB to a small town to investigate an art theft ring. She has a shadow sent to protect her, but not by GIB. Gabriel is an unknown who has a difficult time convincing Rosie that he really is there to protect her. Mandy is sent by GIB as backup protection for Rosie. Brock is an obsessive ex-con who was rejected by Rosie and when Mandy decided to keep him from stalking Rosie the sparks fly between them .
I did find Brock’s change from a brooding stalker of one woman to a passionate lover of another rather unrealistic. Some of the conversations not talking about the events of the main plot could be more substantial in their character development. However, with that said, the book was interesting and enjoyable. I look forward to reading more adventures from The Garrett Investigations Bureau.