Review – Shallow Grave (PI Julie Collins #3) by Lori G. Armstrong

March 24, 2017 Review 0

Review – Shallow Grave (PI Julie Collins #3) by Lori G. Armstrong

It’s horrifying to watch someone die.

My partner and I witnessed a fatality during a routine surveillance case—a case that took a bizarre turn when we questioned the victim’s wife about the mysterious hole that had caused the accident. The widow admitted that hunters had discovered human remains and rather than alerting the authorities, she and her late husband just…reburied the bones. The out-of-sight –out-of-mind approach is never a smart option, particularly when it’s oh…illegal, and especially now that the bones in the hole have vanished.

Who was buried there? And how long ago?

Local, state and tribal authorities want answers. My overworked former boss at the Bear Butte County Sheriff’s office hires our PI agency to separate facts from speculation. I bury myself in the investigation because it leaves me little time to obsess about the screwed-up situation in my personal life—why Martinez asked me to go undercover in his strip club as a bartender…and why in the hell I agreed.

I never imagined this new case would cause total chaos in my world, creating new enemies, opening old wounds with my father, reviving disputes with my half-brother’s Lakota family, and generating dangerous employee rivalries.

But the information I uncover leads me back to my brother’s unsolved murder…and I finally come face to face with his killer.

Title: Shallow Grave
Author: Lori G. Armstrong
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Blood Ties, Hallowed Ground, Snow Blind
Series: PI Julie Collins #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Blood Ties, Hallowed Ground, Snow Blind
Published by Ridgeview Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: March 15, 2017
Genres: Motorcycle Theme, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
Pages: 548
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Life is never easy for Julie. In the third PI Julie Collins book, she is still dealing with the death of her brother, the relationship with her father who used to beat her, his family and if that isn’t enough yet another horrific case to investigate. Her relationship with bad-ass sexy biker, Tony Martinez is a mess too.

Julie is so tenacious. She can’t stop seeking answers. While she tries to solve the case the agency has been retained for, she’s also deeply embroiled in turmoil with Tony’s crew. I honestly don’t think I’d be able to get out of bed if I had Julie’s problems.

She’s so dang hard-shelled, she doesn’t know how not to keep working to figure out whose bones she found and helping find the thief in Tony’s organization.

After a rocky few weeks, it’s so nice to see her relationship with Tony take another turn for the better. Tony is my favorite book boyfriend and I’m always happy when he and Julie are doing well. Julie needs Tony more than she wants to admit and he’s so good at dealing with her.

Every book in this series is multi-layered. Personal trauma, professional cases with more intrigue than every appears on the surface and relationship problems make for a serious page turner. Julie, of course, solves several mysteries including finally finding out who killed her beloved half-brother, Ben. It’s gut-wrenching watching her depression after killing Ben’s murderer in self-defense. Because as strong as Julie can be at times, she’s human and suffers deeply. Tony, of course, is there to pick her up, hold her tight and help her work through her issues.

The character development, the story pacing and details all make for another fabulous novel.

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