Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . . 
and killers keep killing.

After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

My review:
    Irene Hannon has been one of my favorite authors from the time I read her first book. She has written so many great books that it is hard for me to pick a favorite. I am always sad to see a series of hers end, and happy to see a new one start, as is the case with this book, #1 in The Men of Valor Series.

  The book doesn't have fast paced action, as it involved a 15 year old murder, but it still has a lot of the suspense and drama Hannon is known for. I liked the characters, and Hannon did something unusual for a fiction book: she made one of her main characters less than perfect. The heroine had a physical ailment, and I applaud that small difference. One complaint I have with Christian fiction, especially romance or romantic suspense, is too much perfection in the character's looks and attributes.

  I liked the hero's camaraderie with his brothers, and am guessing that was to help set up the other two books in the series.

 The book was hard to put down and had some surprises in it. I would have liked to have seen the guilty party dealt more harshly with, but it was still a great and satisfying read.

About the author:

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain SummerOne Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, a Booksellers' Best Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist, and Booklistincluded one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at

Buried Secrets is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.