Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch's Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke was a delightful historical romance. It's the second book in Enoch's The Scandalous Brides series, and it deals with two characters that were introduced in the previous book.

Sophia White is the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of the Duke of Hennessy, who has been scorned and shunned her whole life. The first time she meets her father, he threatens her livelihood and her friends if she doesn't marry the man of his choice, something that Sophia knows will doom her to misery. In order to have one last golden memory, she accepts the Duke of Greaves' invitation to spend the Christmas holidays at his estate.

The Duke of Greaves is also going to have to marry immediately, due to terms in his late father's will. He invites a number of eligible women to his party, and also Sophia, purely to thumb his nose at society and his family. When an unexpected accident causes Sophia to be his only guest for much of the holidays, Adam and Sophia have a chance to realize that their brief impressions of one another are inadequate. Sophia is intelligent, loyal, caring, principled and resilient. The Duke is also intelligent, damaged, strong and caring.

Watching these two characters open up to one another,  fall in love, and overcome the obstacles in their path is satisfying, and I thoroughly enjoyed their love story. Furthermore, the secondary characters are also well drawn. All in all this is a well written, and moving romance.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sand Angel by Mackenzie McKade

After freelance photographer Drew Thompson returns from Iraq, his first order of business is to reclaim the relationship he left behind three years ago. But Zoë Davis is not the same person Drew once knew. Her youthful innocence has been replaced by a wild toughness she created as a wall to her emotions when Drew walked out of her life. Zoë now lives for danger, and even as a professional biker, her antics have left everyone worried.

This weekend in the sand dunes of Glamis California may be Drew’s only opportunity to convince her that he made a mistake, but will Zoë’s craving for adrenaline have her spiraling out of control before it’s too late?

McKade (Wild; Bound by an Angel) knows how to push the bounds of erotic romance with a story that contains a steady stream of carnal sex and, when coupled with the thrill of fast machines and daring drivers, makes for a wild ride. Readers will be drawn to the rarity of the female protagonist’s passion for a male-dominated sport and will be rooting for Zoë to have her desires fulfilled by something more lasting than the rush of danger.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Fiction 12/25/12 - 12/31/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Empire and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin
Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong
The Intercept by Dick Wolf
Luck of the Draw by Piers Anthony
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Road to Cardinal Valley by Earlene Fowler
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Julian Garey
The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

Mark Nolan has just lost his sister. He is now the guardian of his six year old niece Holly. Ever since Holly lost her mom, she hasn't spoken a word. Mark takes Holly to live with him and his brother Alex in Friday Harbor, Washington. There Mark has a coffee chain and Alex has a vineyard. Together they will try and raise this little girl.

Maggie Collins has just moved to Friday Harbor and has opened a toy store. She is still mourning the loss of her husband and isn't looking for anyone new. But she didn't count on Mark and his adorable niece.

Mark has a girlfriend and is thinking of asking her to marry him so Holly will have a mom. But he can't stop thinking about Maggie. Will Holly get her Christmas wish of a new mom?

This a light, quick read to get you in the holiday spirit. This book was actually made into a Hallmark movie called Christmas with Holly. It is the first book in a new series about the Nolan brothers. The second one is Rainshadow Road and the the third is Dream Lake. A fourth one called Crystal Cove will available in 2013.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stark Naked by Desiree Holt

In this erotic novella from Holt, leaving behind her broken heart in California, Reenie Davenport is hoping a new job and a new life where her old college roommate lives in San Antonio will give her a chance to start over.

When Reenie is just starting to reconnect with Amy at their family ranch, in walks her brother Matt Stark, who is not only inebriated but is also revealing all his assets.   Even though Reenie is suddenly filed with unavoidable desire, it is clear that Matt is the type of guy who has a black book full of numbers at his disposal.   Matt wants a chance to make it up to Reenie, and he soon realizes that she might be the one woman who can tame this wild cowboy, but can Reenie trust him enough to give him her heart?

Behind all the steamy love making that consumes this book resides a quaint little love story that is entertaining enough to fill a lazy afternoon and would be a good suggestion for readers of Linda Lael Miller’s western romances.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!  To Whisper Her Name is the first in the Belle Meade Plantation novels.  The book is set just after the Civil War in Nashville, Tennessee on the Belle Meade Plantation, a real plantation known for raising thoroughbred race horses.

Olivia Aberdeen is a young widow without family and shunned from society because her husband was considered a traitor to the South.  Having nowhere to go, she moves to Belle Meade to be head housekeeper for long time family friend Elizabeth Harding.  However, Elizabeth’s husband, General Harding, has different plans for her and promises to find her a suitable husband.

Ridley Cooper, a southerner who fought for the North, met Belle Meade’s hostler during the war and wants to learn how to handle horses from him.  He plans to only stay a short time at Belle Meade and move on to the West.  Ridley has secrets, and he wants to put the war (and the south) behind him.

Olivia and Ridley meet on their way to Belle Meade when her carriage loses a wheel.  Neither is looking for love, and Olivia is officially in mourning.  They develop a close friendship, but their hopes and dreams go in different directions.  Will they find love?

I enjoy historical fiction that incorporates real people, events and locations into the story, and Tamera Alexander does a wonderful job bringing Belle Meade to life.  The plantation is open to visitors today.  This book is recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction, gentle reads, and Christian fiction.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Fiction 12/11/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones
Extra Credit by Maggie Barbieri
A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
Orders From Berlin by Simon Tolkien
Political Suicide by Michael Palmer
Two Graves by Douglas Preston
Valley of the Shadow by Carola Dunn

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

Nothing new happens here in Evanovich's nineteenth Stephanie Plum mystery, just the same mindless entertainment.

In Notorious Nineteen, Stephanie's latest bounty is Jeffrey Cubbin, out on bail after swindling thousands from his employer and residents of Cranberry Manor.  He disappeared after being hospitalized for his appendix.  There is no record of him leaving on any of the hospital security cameras.  The evening nurse claims the last time she checked on him he was asleep.

Stephanie and Lula soon learn that Cubbin's nurse moonlights at The Clinic, a luxury medical facility that seems mostly deserted except for the few cars that come and go.  Stephanie believes there is something going on here that has to do with Cubbin and talks Briggs from the hospital security into breaking in through the drop box (he is the only one small enough to fit).

Meanwhile, Stephanie has taken on a side gig with Ranger that involves providing security detail at his friend's wedding.  Both Ranger and his former military buddy have been receiving threatening messages, and Ranger needs Stephanie to stick close to the bride.  No surprise that her car blows up a few times along the way.  Fortunately, Ranger is always close at hand with a replacement.

If it weren't for Cluck-in-a-Bucket and Lula, I probably wouldn't be reading this series anymore.  Those are the best elements that make this series still worth reading, but the whole Morelli and Ranger love triangle and the usual Stephanie antics are getting old.  I imagine many readers will feel the same way.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

What ultimately makes a person successful? Are people successful purely through their own merit, or are there other factors in play? This book by Malcolm Gladwell explores these ideas through statistics and analysis.

The book proves it's point by showing that seemingly insignificant factors can actually play a huge role in someone's life. Gladwell explains why most of the successful hockey players are born in January, and he explains the surprising factors that made people such as Bill Gates successful.

I really enjoyed this book. The way Gladwell writes is makes the book fairly accessible, but despite that he goes into detail on some very interesting subjects. At times the book has a dry sense of humor which makes it even more enjoyable to read.

Despite it technically being categorized as a self-help book, thankfully it isn't. It's more about sociology and statistics than telling people how to improve their lives. I'm not a fan of the "10 Ways to Improve Your Life!" style of books, so it's good to see a book about that kind of topic avoid this pitfall.

One thing I did dislike about the book is that when it seemed to hit its stride and explained one of its main points it ended. Don't get me wrong, one of the best things about the book is that manages to brief yet detailed, but I would have liked to see some more information at the end.

Despite that, I heartily recommend reading this book. I would also recommend checking out some of his other work, as it all is very well done. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Fiction 12/4/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

All Fall Down by Harry Turtledove
And Then You Dye by Monica Ferris
The Child's Child by Barbara Vine
Dying on the Vine by Aaron J. Elkins
Nano by Robin Cook
Private London by James Patterson
Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago
Shiver by Karen Robards
Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding
Threat Vector by Tom Clancy

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Once and Again by Lauren Dane

In this offshoot of Dane’s Chase Brothers series featuring one of Tate’s siblings, strong-willed Lily Travis returns to her small Georgia town to take care of younger brother Chris, who is failing school while their depressed mother drowns herself in the bottle after their father left with a much younger mistress.

With getting Chris back on track as her focus, the last thing she needs as a distraction is his teacher, Nathan Murphy, who caused the broken heart that made her leave Petal behind all those years ago.  With the Chase and Murphy families on his side, Nathan will not give up until he wins her back, and Lily is finding it difficult to resist the full package of sex appeal and heart that only comes around once in a lifetime.

Readers will be smitten by the southern charm of this sexy starter to the Petal, Georgia series.  The sensual romance between the likable protagonists, the focus on family and ample rolls in the hay make for an entertaining read for your contemporary set.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Playdate by Louise Millar

Callie has a secret. She wants to tell her friend, Suzy, but she is scared. Suzy has a secret. Her husband wants nothing to do with her. Debs has a secret. A secret that could rock this London neighborhood. Callie is a single mom to Rae, and she wants to go back to work. But Rae has a heart condition and her ex doesn't think Callie should leave Rae with strangers. Suzy is a mom of three boys and is desperate for a little girl but her husband barely touches her anymore. Debs has just moved into the neighborhood has a problem with anxiety. Any little thing could set her off.

Callie starts work and everything is going good until Rae has an accident when she is with Debs. And Callie is starting to realize that Suzy and her aren't as good of friends as she thought. Now Callie doesn't know who to trust especially when the unimaginable happens.

Each chapter of this book is told by the three different women, Callie, Suzy, and Debs. I wanted to like this book better than I did. In the end I didn't really care for any of the women in the story.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Fiction 11/27/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Broken Like This by Monica Trasandes
Cold City by F. Paul Wilson
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Experiment in Murder by Margaret Truman
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr
Target Lancer by Max Allan Collins
Seal Team 666 by Weston Ochse
Mandarin Gate by Eliot Pattison
Lethal Investments by K.O. Dahl
The Thieves of Legend by Rchard Doetsch

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Racketeer by John Grisham

An exciting enough read, but certainly not one of Grisham's best.   When you are such a prolific novelist, I imagine it is hard to top some of your most popular works. This was still entertaining and a good choice if you need to kill some time, but to really see Grisham shine, you may want consider A Time to Kill or The Confession.

In The Racketeer, attorney Malcolm Bannister is serving a ten-year sentence at Frostburg, a federal prison in Virginia, for unknowingly laundering money on behalf of a shady client.  He is the librarian and a lawyer who has been known to get a fellow inmate out of prison a time or two through loopholes he discovers.

While in prison, Bannister learns from the papers that federal judge Ray Fawcett and his secretary have been violently murdered at the judge's lakeside cabin and that his safe has been broken into.  The FBI have no motive, no suspect, and no leads.  Enter Rule 35, which allows for a prison sentence to be reduced if a inmate provides government assistance in convicting another person.

Bannister claims that he knows the identity of the killer and will offer this information up if he can be a free man, have his face altered through plastic surgery as protection from the killer, and be granted a new life under witness protection.  After several negotiations, the FBI complies, but the reader soon learns that Bannister has more up his sleeve than what he is telling the Feds.

I liked that you never really knew what Bannister was up to until the very end, and Grisham again proves that he is at adept at using the intricacies of our law as the foundation for an engrossing story.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

I picked up A Change of Fortune, because I had read a good review of it. However, I was disappointed by the story.

A Change of Fortune is an inspirational historical romance set in New York in the eighteen eighties. Lady Eliza Sumner has traveled from England to New York, in the hopes of recovering her stolen fortune. She has taken a post as a governess, and is hoping to find the man who had stolen her fortune and lied about her family.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, is a widower, successful businessman and highly eligible bachelor to the women of New York. He is also investigating a man who seems to have insider knowledge of Beckett's business. As it turns out, the man he is investigating and the man Lady Eliza is looking for are one and the same. Eliza ends up losing her job due to her investigation, and she ends up moving in with Hamilton. Hamilton's mother immediately hopes to set Eliza up with her son, and Eliza bonds with Hamilton's precocious children. However, Eliza believes that Hamilton isn't interested in her, and he believes that she will return to London, as soon as her fortune is recovered.  Eventually, the mystery is solved, Eliza recovers her money, and two lovers realize they belong together and decide to get married.

On the surface, this seemed like an interesting plot, with interesting characters. However, I didn't feel like the characters had much depth. The relationship between Eliza and Hamilton failed to captivate me, and I felt like many of the story twists were too obvious. Furthermore, because this is an inspirational romance, Eliza's faith is mentioned sporadically, but I felt like the parts of the story that dealt with faith and belief were tacked on just to make this inspirational, not because it was an integral part of the story. Overall, I was let down by this book, and happy to pick up another one.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Fiction 11/20/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Cat Bearing Gifts by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron 

The Forgotten by David Baldacci
Fox Tracks by Rita Mae Brown 
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

Olivia Mackenzie works for the IRS. But there are talks of lay offs so she is being proactive and looking for a new job. That is what brings her to that restaurant where she is assaulted. And that is where she meets FBI agent, Grayson Kincaid. Olivia is mistaken for a FBI agent by her prospective employee and he gets a little rough. Grayson steps in and saves Olivia.

Two months later, Olivia needs Grayson's help again. She has been working on a way to bring her father down. He is running a Ponzi scheme and Olivia will do anything to put him in jail. But someone will do anything to make her stop. Including shooting her. Now Grayson is helping her and acting as her bodyguard. She is reluctant for him to be her bodyguard since two months ago they kissed and he never called.
The deeper they dig, the more danger Olivia is in from the bad guys and from falling for Grayson.

I always enjoy Julie Garwood's books and Sweet Talk was just as great!  The characters are always likable and the story keeps you guessing until the end.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Whose Body? is the first book in Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, and a great read for those who like more literary mysteries. Lord Peter Wimsey has come back from the war with what we would call PTSD. In an attempt to recover, he begins helping Mr. Parker, a Scotland Yard detective, with his investigations. By the time this story begins, he has made a name for himself by solving a case involving missing emeralds.

In Whose Body?, the story revolves around a body that mysteriously appears in a bathtub, and the simultaneous disappearance of a powerful and well known man of finance, Mr. Levy. Wimsey looks into the mystery of the body, and Parker is trying to figure out what happened to Mr. Levy. The two men work together, and eventually begin to suspect that there is a connection to the two seemingly unrelated incidents.
The final result is both satisfying and sorrowful.

The mystery is interesting in Whose Body?, but the real appeal for me was in Lord Peter Wimsey, and the small moments when bits of his past and character are revealed. Wimsey loves to portray himself as a shallow dilettante, but the deeper man peeks out at times. The characterization of his mother, friends and assistants is equally satisfying, and these are the reasons I enjoyed this novel.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Fiction 11/13/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Broken Like This by Monica Trasandes
The Colony by A.J. Colucci
Cross Roads by William Paul Young
Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey
Dear Life by Alice Munro
A Drop of Chinese Blood by James Church
The Heat of the Sun by David Rain
The Last Man by Vince Flynn
The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk
Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
The Right Hand by Derek Haas
River Road by Suzanne Johnson
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Victory at Yorktown by Newt Gingrich
Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolano
Young Philby by Robert Littell

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Overdrive by Chloe Cole

Vintage-car mechanic Frankie Sepkaski has a reputation for being wanton, and even though it may not be entirely founded in truth, it is a rep she is determined to protect. Wealthy architect Mac Galbraith is an antique-car collector who just happens to find his mechanic hotter than his vintage Mustang’s engine.

When Mac promises only friendship, Frankie stops hiding behind her reputation and succumbs to his advances. But her revelation at dinner leaves him offering much more. Frankie can handle a bedroom mentor as long as there are no emotional attachments, as she knows a man of Mac’s means and this grease monkey will never be a match. When Mac finally has her convinced otherwise, the issue of their class differences is brought to light and jeopardizes their romantic future and a chance at real happiness.

Although the narrative fizzles briefly when a character’s abrupt attitude change proves unlikely, the sensual romance between these two protagonists will have the reader devouring the pages of this amusing yarn. Cole (Just One Night) also writes as Christine Bell.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

If Only She Knew by Lisa Jackson

Although I like Jackson's New Orleans series better, If Only She Knew is an oldie standalone that showcases Jackson's early talents.  Readers of romantic suspense who don't want to invest in a series will find much to like here.

A horrific car accident that killed her friend Pam has left Marla Cahill in a coma.  When she wakes, she has no recollection that she has a newborn baby, a sixteen year old daughter, and is married to the wealthy Alex Cahill.  Her doctor believes the amnesia will only be temporary, but it isn't just that she doesn't remember; it's that none of it seems real.  The only person that seems vaguely familiar is Nick Cahill, Alex's brother and the black sheep of the family, who has returned to San Francisco to investigate the family company's finances.  According to her everyone, Marla had been in a relationship with Nick until she left him to marry his brother.

There is something very wrong going on at the cold Cahill mansion, where her family is determined to keep her from learning about her past.  Alex leaves in the middle of the night with no explanation. Eugenia, Marla's mother in law, has the keys to an office Alex keeps locked at all times.  No one seems to know what happened to her purse, where she kept her identification, after the accident.  None of what she is being told rings true and it is hard to fathom that Marla was the woman every says she is, especially when some of her memory returns and contradicts what she is being told.

Nick also finds the family's behavior suspicious and feels that there is something very sinister at work.  Marla can trust no one, not even her own family, expect for Nick, the only man she feels a connection with.  Can Nick help her discover the truth that everyone is determined she not know?

If Only She Knew is also available as an eBook from MyMediaMall.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Fiction 11/6/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Bronze Summer by Stephen Baxter
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Susssman
Looking for Yesterday by Marcia Muller
The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle
Poseidon's Arrow by Clive Cussler
The Prodigal Son by Colleen McCullough
Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt
A Season of Angels by Thomas Kinkade
The Silvered by Tanya Huff
Still Life with Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

Nate Weller has always had a thing for Ali Morgan. But she was off limits because she is his best friend and fellow Marine Grigg's baby sister. Ten years after there first meeting, Grigg has been killed and Ali is being stalked. No longer a Marine, Nate now works for Black Knight Inc., a black ops organization, based in Chicago. They use a motorcycle shop as their front. Grigg also worked there at the time of his death.

Not sure what to do, Ali drives from Florida to Chicago to see Nate. Not getting a warm welcome, Ali nonetheless asks for help.Nate reluctantly agrees to find out why a kindergarten teacher is being stalked. What they find out is that Grigg sent Ali something important and certain people will do anything to get it back.And as much as Nate wants Ali he still can't have her. Because he is keeping a terrible secret about how her brother died.

This is the first book in the Black Knight Inc series and I am hooked. The premise did remind me of Tara Janzen's Steele Street series but it is different enough that I wasn't comparing the two.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Name of the Wind & The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

I loved The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, the first two books in the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. I had heard good things about Rothfuss for awhile, so I decided to give him a try. I wasn't disappointed. This is easily the most enjoyable, well written fantasy series I've read in awhile. The world is fascinating, and richly detailed, full of its own history, mythology and legends. The characters are three dimensional, and layered, and Rothfuss does a wonderful job with both his male and female characters. I loved the main character, Kvothe, who is both the narrator and main character. He is brilliant, proud, damaged, haunted and kind.

When we first meet Kvothe, he seems to be a broken man, living under an assumed name and running an unsuccessful inn. As we start to hear his story, we learn about his audacious past, and begin to get clues about what brought him to his present state. We follow his story through learning magic at the University, wild escapades, the constant struggle for money, and his quest to find out about the Chandrian, the beings responsible for the worst tragedy of his young life. We learn about the woman he loves, and his struggle to win her heart.

The books also delve into the nature of fame and history, and how often the truth is found in neither one. These books take you on a wild journey through adventure, romance and the human heart, and I cannot wait for the third book to be published.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Fiction 10/30/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Astray by Emma Donoghue
A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
City of Saints by Andrew Hunt
Daughter of Light by V.C. Andrews
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Power Play by Patrick Robinson
The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
'Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries
A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You Can't Hide by Karen Rose

You Can't Hide is another winning novel of romantic suspense from Rose that consists of empathetic characters, a complex plot, and enough steamy romance that keeps the pages moving steadily along.

Aiden Reagan is a homicide detective for Chicago PD and is on call when a woman plunges from the balcony of her apartment in an apparent suicide.  Also at the scene is Tess Ciccotelli, the woman's psychiatrist who was called moments before from a neighbor claiming that her patient was about to jump.  Aiden is furious with Tess, a woman who he knows as always appearing cold and detached, just like she does when she is testifying for a patient's during a trial.

While investigating the case, Aiden and his partner Murphy discover that the woman was encouraged to take her life and in fact, a recording on her answering machine has the voice of Tess prodding her on.  When another one of Tess's patient's commit suicide, all fingers again point at Tess.  And it is no surprise that she doesn't have the police on her side, since a killer who murdered a cop got off on a insanity plea thanks to Tess's testimony.

But Aiden learns that there is more to this woman than he initially thought, and how she appears in public isn't a reflection of who she is inside.  Aiden and Tess are brought closer together as they work the case, much to her defense attorney's chagrin, who thinks it is a mistake for her to cooperate with the police.  There are a whole slew of potential suspects, but no real leads.  Who could hate her enough to want her destroyed by killing her not only her career and but those she is closest to?