Book Review of Mrs. Jones Sponsored by Bewitching Book Tours
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By B.A. Morton
Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing
Date of Publication: April 7, 2012
Number of pages:256
Word Count: 88.000
Cover Artist: Bradley Wind
A British girl with a secret.
A New York cop with a past.
And a mob that wants revenge
In the slickest, sexiest novel to come out in a long time, ruggedly tough and honest cop Detective Tommy Connell picks up an English girl, Mrs Jones, who claims to be the witness to a murder, and falls in love with her. Well, Mrs Jones, whoever she is, must be very attractive because an awful lot of people seem to want to get their hands on her if they can get her away from Connell's determined hands, including some organized crime boys along with the Feds.
Detective Connell definitely has his work cut out for him if he wants to end up with the body of Mrs Jones, dead or alive, that's for sure. All-in-all it's probably safe to say he hasn't a clue what is going on. It is probably equally safe to guess that Mrs Jones does. Not that 'safe' is quite the right word to use here.
About the Author:
B.A. Morton is a British crime, historical and romance writer.
Her first novel is 'Mrs Jones'. The next in the series, 'Molly Brown', will be published during 2012.
She lives and writes on the Scottish Border.
She answered the door on the sixth knock.
He knew that because he had counted.
Six knocks, thirty seconds between knocks, three minutes.
He’d raised his hand to give her the seventh, seeing as how seven was his lucky number and three and half minutes was as long as he was prepared to wait, but she’d beaten him to it. All the same, six knocks.
These weren’t palatial penthouse apartments, they were studios. What had taken her so long? Delays in answering the door in this neighborhood were usually accompanied by the sounds of a hurriedly flushed toilet. On this occasion there was silence.
When the door finally opened, she left the chain on, which he supposed was sensible, but didn’t make his job any easier or quicker.
He had a hot date waiting. He checked his watch. If she was still waiting. Taking out his badge, he flashed it through the crack in the door.
“Ma’am, New York Police Department, Detective Connell.” He made an effort to speak slowly and clearly, wondering if they were old folks and whether that could explain the delay in answering.
“You called in a report about a hit and run. I’d like to speak with you, ask you a few questions.”
He pulled his badge away just in time to avoid his hand being jammed as the door slammed closed. Rolling his eyes, he checked his watch again. She definitely wouldn’t be waiting now. She’d be on her way home and deleting his number from her phone. That was twice he’d stood her up; she wouldn’t be letting him make it three. And that was a shame - she was a looker, and no dummy either. No matter, probably for the best in the long run.
He was about to give her the seventh knock, when he heard the chain being slid. Placing a hand on the weapon holstered under his left arm, he watched as the door swung slowly inwards. All he needed now was some geriatric cop-hater to come barreling out with a sawed-off Zimmer frame, so he stood off to one side of the door, just in case.
Connell had drawn the short straw on this case. Everyone else on the squad had more important things to do on a Friday night than chase up old ladies who may or may not have seen an accident. He had more important things to do; he’d been on a promise, after all. But he was on dicey ground and his arrest rate was looking bad. He’d been spending far too much time on impossible cases and this looked like an easy wrap. Find the old lady, confirm her statement and sign off on the case. Maybe his date would wait. Maybe pigs would fly.
“Honey, is your mom at home?” he asked the young girl who peered anxiously at him from behind the door. She was slender and pale, with a mop of unruly dark curls and wide dark eyes. Her feet, resting one on the other, were bare, her toenails painted a vivid pink.
She wore washed-out jeans with holes at the knees and a baggy grey T-shirt. Connell processed her slight frame in seconds and disregarded her. It was a necessary knack - identify and eliminate any risks - certainly in this neighborhood. “I’m looking for a …” He pulled out his notebook and checked the name he’d scrawled down back at the station “… Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones.”
The girl nodded, opened the door wide and he realized his knack for on-the-spot identification was slipping. She wasn’t a young girl; she was a young woman who looked like she hadn’t been sleeping too well and he knew exactly how that felt.
“I’m Mrs. Jones,” she said hesitantly in a soft, British accent. “You’d better come in.”
Connell wasn’t often surprised. In his line of work it was a necessary requirement to be unflappable and unshockable, or at the very least to present that image to the public, but she was definitely not what he’d been expecting. She was far too young for a start, didn’t look old enough to be Mrs. Anybody and she didn’t sound like the voice on the tape. The voice had been muffled, admittedly, but had sounded older and certainly not British. Either she hadn’t made the call or the voice had been deliberately disguised. He narrowed his eyes. The first of his inner alarm bells had just gone off.
He followed her into the room. If she wasn’t what he’d expected, then the room certainly was. It was typical of a thousand more in the neighborhood. Close your eyes, stick a pin in a map and you couldn’t fail to come up with a place like this. Short-term, low-rent housing where absentee landlords turned a blind eye and made a killing.
I can’t wait for book 2 because I loved this book so much. I hope book 2 tells us how they stay together because the romance was charming. The mystery was fabulous with a total “left turn without signaling” twist that I never would have seen coming. Wow was that a shocker.
So the book synopsis is take one highly protective, handsome, somewhat wounded New York city cop, add a fragile ethereal beauty from England, mix with two bad guys: one an albino creep with a history of killing the girlfriend of the cop who is the mother of his child and the guy who introduced him to the girl, who happens to be the brother-in-law creep of the girl and she is terrified of him; shake with the FBI, a case of identity confusion, and some more bad guys; and add missing mob money then toss with very good writing and bake. That makes this wonderful book.
There is mystery, romance, best buds, a cute as a button kid, family, mobsters, kidnapping, torture, lots of getting hurt for the poor cop, and lots of interrupted loving.
I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.
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