Book Review: Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard




Deadly Devotion


series: Port Aster Secrets


  • ISBN:       9780800722227
  • Pub. Date: Jun 2013


Kate knows the truth is out there-but if she’s right, that means a killer is out there too.

Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor’s death wasn’t suicide or a careless accident-and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.


Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom’s just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend’s death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.


As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?


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About the author . . .          


Sandra Orchard is an active member in American Christian Fiction Writers, The Word Guild, Romance Writers of America, and a local writing group. She recently participated in the Writers’ Police Academy for hands-on training and simulations at a police training facility. She is the author of Shades of Truth, Critical Condition, and Deep Cover, which won the Canadian Christian Writing Award for romance in June 2012 and was recognized as one of the top five novels of the year by Family Fiction magazine. Sandra has also received a Daphne DuMaurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense in both the inspirational category and for best score overall. She lives in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. To find out more, please visit




Reader review . . . 


Kate Adams knows two things for sure:  the death of her friend, mentor, and colleague Daisy was not suicide, and it was not accidental.  An expert in medicinal herbs, Daisy would not have put poison leaves in her tea.  When the police call it suicide and close the case, Kate decides to investigate on her own.  Former FBI agent Tom Parker is new to the Port Aster police department and doesn’t want to make waves, but he cannot quash his growing intuition that Kate is correct or his attraction to her, as well.  As Kate and Tom  uncover the secrets surrounding Daisy’s death, their own secrets also begin to see the light of day.


This is a edge-of-your-seat mystery thriller, after it gets going.  The first couple of chapters failed to engage me, but after that I could not put it down.  The downside of this first book of the series is that the author introduced too many future storylines in the first installment, with no real resolution to any.  Even the main storyline of this novel is not really resolved.  But the mystery itself is good, and is not easily solved by the reader.  


The characters of Tom and Kate are both interesting, with histories that promise to be explored at a later date.  Kate’s tendency to jump from suspect to suspect and then just as suddenly decide to trust this possible murderer is irritating and improbable.  But, as I said, the basic story is good, and the series promises to become even more interesting with each installment.


4 stars


I received a free copy from  Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  


 *Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*