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    Kept me guessing

    I'm a romance genre girl through and through. When I saw that this was Nalini Singh, I knew I needed to give this book a try even though I hesitate at the genre. I'm really glad that I did. From the first chapter this book captured my attention and held. The writing is phenomenal. It doesn't matter what genre this author writes, she knows how to captivate. I think because I knew going in that this was a thriller, I really focused on everything I learned about all the characters that were introduced. I wanted to be able to make my guesses about who did it. Nalini did a great job giving us readers enough doubts about everyone that it did leave me guessing until the end. She also made feel enough for some of these characters that I was practically begging that they weren't the culprit. One particular person would have devastated me but that's only because of how it would have affected others. The author did give us a little bit of romance to enjoy in this book. I made myself think about if I would have liked this as much if it didn't have that small part to round things out. My conclusion, while Nalini Singh may have just opened me up to a new genre to enjoy, I still think I need that romance to feel satisfied at the end of a good read.
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    Small Town Mysteru

    Ummm….WOW! I have to start with that since it is the thought that just came coming back into my head with every word I read, every page I turned, and every chapter I started. The thing that pulled me in from the beginning is the setting of New Zealand. I dream of visiting there and I love to read books set there. Golden Cove is a beautiful setting for this book. I love the small, off the beaten path town. The people there were neighbors, friends, and family. The gossip ran wild but most importantly they stick up for each other, protect each other, and love each other. Anahera and Will’s interactions were interesting. I was intrigued to see if they would become friends or foes. I could feel the mutual attraction but I was not sure that would be enough for them. Anahera knew the town and the town people and Will had the knowledge to enforce the law, follow the clues, and solve crimes. Will had no prejudices since he was new to town where Anahera had feelings towards the town people. I have to say that I had ideas, I started at the beginning and paid close attention to who was talked about, what was said, and who said it. I should have taken notes because I am sure I forgot some of the clues but I did have an idea who dun-it. A Madness of Sunshine is a book I’d recommend to anyone who loves small town mysteries. Nalini Singh wrote a great book that pulled me in from the very beginning with her amazing setting and wonderful characters.
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    a different genre for Nalini Singh

    I belong to an e-reading group and the folks in the romance forum rave about Nalini Singh’s paranormal romance books. So I was excited when I got a chance to review an ARC of one of her titles, but then I found out that this is a romantic suspense/mystery book, which seems to be a new direction for her. No problem, I thought - to be honest, I like mysteries a lot more than paranormal romance, and so this should be right down my alley. Well, it was, and it wasn’t. I tend to like books with a strong sense of place, and this book definitely had that – a remote location in New Zealand that is described so well that I want to go visit the area. I also tend to like mysteries with a good plot, and I did like the way that the killing in the present tied back to some killings in the past. This leant almost a bit of a police-procedural element to part of the book, and I tend to like police procedurals. However I also had a few problems with the plot. I understand that small towns can have dark secrets, but in this case, it seems as if the pretty much the whole town has secrets, and it was hard for me to believe that that much evil was floating around in one place. Singh seems to try to make the case that the original years-ago evil sort of warped everything, which could be true – keeping secrets can lead to more secrets and more problems. But to me, she didn’t quite manage to sell it. It isn’t a major fail – I still enjoyed the book. But it was sort of a nagging annoyance that persisted as I read. I wish I could give this a 3 ½, and debated for a long time about whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. In the end, I went for 3, if only because I think there are mystery authors who could do it better. But I did enjoy the writing enough that I will still probably try one of Singh’s paranormal romance novels someday – I just think mysteries may not be her genre! I’d like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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    Lovely mystery, I’ll read her next one!

    This is a new genre for Nalini Singh, and she did a great job with suspense and keeping us guessing until the last minute. My only quibble is that it seems like half the population of Gold Cove have deep, dark secrets; surely that can’t really be representative of any group of people...
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    Great book!

    Nalini Singh never fails to captivate! This was an excellent mystery. I love all of her books!!
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