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Avenging Angel by Ann Marie Becker

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Following Only Fear, Becker’s second Mindhunters title depicts a puzzling murder that takes place amid New York’s prestigious art scene.

Chicago detective Noah Crandall joins his friend Diego Sandoval in New York City to find the killer responsible for the murder of Diego’s niece, Natalee. The investigation brings them to Vanessa Knight and the Atherton Gallery, where Natalee had interned. Noah hopes to gain Vanessa’s trust to get at any inside information that will lead to the killer.

When a suspicious painting by an unknown artist turns up at the gallery, they soon learn that this is not the killer’s first murder and most likely won’t be his last. As Noah and Vanessa work closely together to bring about justice for Natalee, a mutual desire develops, but Noah’s past has him putting up a wall that Vanessa is determined to break down.

Avenging Angel is a solid read with a unique story line and sufficient romantic elements to make it a worthy comparison to established romantic suspense authors such as Mariah Stewart and Mary Burton. This title works well as a stand-alone, so readers need not start the series at the beginning.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, June 29, 2012

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