Blue Merle Publishing
Drawer H, Mountain City, GA 30562
9780985774899, $16.95, 358pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Aggie Malone is a dedicated young cop who has spent her entire life just looking for a place to call home. She never thought she'd find it in a quaint Florida village called Dogleg Island, where almost nothing ever happens--almost ... Deputy Ryan Grady is an easy going playboy who carries a surf board in the trunk of his patrol car and lives in the same rambling beach cottage his grandfather built seventy years ago. He grew up on Dogleg Island and can't imagine ever living anywhere else. It's always been the most peaceful place he has ever known--Until ... Flash is a black and white, blue eyed border collie with amazing powers of perception, recollection, and deduction. He was born to be nothing more than a pampered family pet, however, and his skills might never have been uncovered--And then ... A single night of blood and terror changed the lives of these three forever, and forged a bond between them that nothing will ever break. While each of them struggles to deal with the scars left by that night, they must also bring a killer to justice--a killer who is also stalking them. And only Flash knows who it is.
Critique: An exceptionally entertaining and deftly crafted read for all mystery/suspense fans, "Flash" by Donna Bell is the first volume in a new and powerful new series that will leave enthusiastic readers looking eagerly toward the next title. "Flash" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Flash" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.99).