Desperate Measures

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Desperate Measures

Port Aster Secrets

"Desperate Measures" by Sandra Orchard is the third Port Aster Secrets story. I loved this suspenseful mystery read and it kept my interest from the beginning to the very end. I will say to probably better understand some of what went on in this series it would be a good idea to read the first two novels, Deadly Devotion and then Blind Trust. But since I didn't I will say that I was still captured from the very beginning. The author grabs your attention quickly. This series centers around a mysterious plant. It’s a miracle plant that supposedly has miraculous properties. As the story goes on we find Kate's father was involved in the plant situation and from there the author will bring to the reader a good mystery read that will unravel the rest of this series.

This was quite an interesting read about Detective Tom Parker and Kate Adams. Kate is an herbal research scientist. I loved how the author was able to give me a mystery with lots of conspiracy as well as non-stop action. The author's writing will have you guessing you know the answer but later finding out you didn't have a clue. I was taken through a whole variety of twists and turns. I was wondering who the good guys were and who really the bad ones were.

The lead heroine Kate really knew her job. I found her research work was very fascinating to read about and then there was detective Tom. We find the detective is trying to solve this mystery too that surrounds Kate. It’s overall a quite an interesting read. To me there did seem to be something missing from Tom and Kate. At times I thought these two are clueless...but in the end maybe they really deserved each other. They have some tense romantic moments where you will be left wondering will these two ever learn that they really care for each other?

Be ready for a read of suspense, mystery, action and even some humor. There are some well-developed, defined, and believable characters. I don’t want to give away too many details. This book has a very riveting conclusion. Now, this is where I say I don't want to say any more other than you must pick up this book. I found it was a good read.

Needless to say once I started reading I was not able to put it down. The plot moves so very smoothly...with intriguing scenes. All of my questions were all answered in the end from this well written novel.


Book Blurb for Desperate Measures

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 5.00