Friday, April 8, 2022

At Any Cost
by Andrea Kane

Publisher: Bonnie Meadow Publishing
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Aimee Bregman had the perfect life. She had an enviable job as head of marketing for an up-and-coming CBD-infused beer that was taking the tri-state area by storm. She had cultivated a massive social media following that showcased the beer at college campus parties and alumni events―and had fun doing it. She had an attentive, steady boyfriend and friends who believed in her. Everything was going right.

But when her long-time mentor, Rita, sets up a business meeting with an important influencer―her life crashes all around her. The casual meeting over drinks suddenly devolves into a shouting match between all parties, and any chance of a new business relationship is over before it begins. Hours later, when the NYPD shows up at Aimee's apartment, questioning her about Rita's abrupt disappearance―foul play suspected―Aimee realizes she's in way over her head.

Fearing that Rita has been murdered, and that she may be next, Aimee hires Forensic Instincts to keep her safe and figure out what's really going on.

Forensic Instincts, a brilliant investigative firm who walks the fine line between legal and illegal, solves challenging and high-profile cases when the bureaucratic restrictions imposed on law enforcement get in the way of achieving results. But neither Aimee nor Forensic Instincts realize how ruthless, how connected, their adversaries are. As dangerous and powerful people are threatened with exposure, anyone is fair game for elimination. And when multiple victims die at the hands of a sociopathic serial killer, it gets harder and harder to tell where the battle lines are drawn… and who might die next.
 


Kritters Thoughts:  Another book in this series where the mystery itself is contained in the book, but I completely suggest starting at book one because the character development of the recurring cast definitely builds from book to book.  

Casey Woods is the head of this growing Forensics Instincts team and they have another mystery coming their way from a woman who feels threatened as her mentor has gone missing.  Aimee is the head of marketing for an up and coming beverage company and she knows that her life is in danger, so she asks the Forensics team to take her case on and they do, but it is more than just one woman being threatened.  

The twists and turns that Andrea Kane puts in a book are perfectly timed, but not overused.  She drops a clue or takes a turn at just the right point.  AND the characters are all interesting.  While the Forensics Instinct team has grown, they don't seem too big and they each bring something to the table.  I was definitely surprised by the outcome of this book, but not in a way that I would roll my eyes at the end!  

While I haven't read every book in this series, I have read half and I love each and every one of them.  I want to spend a week and complete the ones I haven't and get up to speed on this series.  If Andrea Kane ever completes this series, I hope she starts another because the way she builds the mystery is just right.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 26 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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