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I think I'm adopted. Can you help me find my real parents? Thirteen years ago, Miranda Steele's baby was taken by her abusive husband and given up for adoption. Now Miranda has discovered a letter written by a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a mansion in Georgia and claims she's adopted. Could this be her long lost child? She's determined to find out. But in ritzy Buckh I think I'm adopted. Can you help me find my real parents? Thirteen years ago, Miranda Steele's baby was taken by her abusive husband and given up for adoption. Now Miranda has discovered a letter written by a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a mansion in Georgia and claims she's adopted. Could this be her long lost child? She's determined to find out. But in ritzy Buckhead, she discovers the dead body of a thirteen-year-old girl, strangled in a serial killer's ritual, and is accused of her murder. When a sexy, southern gentleman detective bent on finding the killer comes to her rescue, Miranda refuses his help. She's made herself strong and independent. She doesn't need a man. But maybe the suave, smooth-talking investigator can tell her what she's burning to know. Is the dead girl is her child? Or is she someone else's daughter?


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I think I'm adopted. Can you help me find my real parents? Thirteen years ago, Miranda Steele's baby was taken by her abusive husband and given up for adoption. Now Miranda has discovered a letter written by a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a mansion in Georgia and claims she's adopted. Could this be her long lost child? She's determined to find out. But in ritzy Buckh I think I'm adopted. Can you help me find my real parents? Thirteen years ago, Miranda Steele's baby was taken by her abusive husband and given up for adoption. Now Miranda has discovered a letter written by a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a mansion in Georgia and claims she's adopted. Could this be her long lost child? She's determined to find out. But in ritzy Buckhead, she discovers the dead body of a thirteen-year-old girl, strangled in a serial killer's ritual, and is accused of her murder. When a sexy, southern gentleman detective bent on finding the killer comes to her rescue, Miranda refuses his help. She's made herself strong and independent. She doesn't need a man. But maybe the suave, smooth-talking investigator can tell her what she's burning to know. Is the dead girl is her child? Or is she someone else's daughter?

30 review for Someone Else's Daughter: Book I: Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    This book is only fifty percent mystery. Other fifth percent romance, it should have been listed under romance. Physical attraction and sex fills the pages. I'm always looking for female authors and strong female characters, this was very disappointing. Miranda character isn't likeable at all. If you like romance books read it. This book is only fifty percent mystery. Other fifth percent romance, it should have been listed under romance. Physical attraction and sex fills the pages. I'm always looking for female authors and strong female characters, this was very disappointing. Miranda character isn't likeable at all. If you like romance books read it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Exciting! An abused wife deflated, feeling like she is worthless due to her husband's abuse. ( I can relate immensely) decided to toughen up and never have any personal ties with a man, ever. She learns how to fight like a man and works mainly construction jobs until one day a job opportunity brings her closer to a quest to find her daughter. Her life changes forever. There is so much suspense and lots of action. I had a hard time putting this book down. I highly recommend to people that enjoy de Exciting! An abused wife deflated, feeling like she is worthless due to her husband's abuse. ( I can relate immensely) decided to toughen up and never have any personal ties with a man, ever. She learns how to fight like a man and works mainly construction jobs until one day a job opportunity brings her closer to a quest to find her daughter. Her life changes forever. There is so much suspense and lots of action. I had a hard time putting this book down. I highly recommend to people that enjoy detective books that are fast paced with a surprise ending! I received this book free from a post on Facebook, and I'm glad I read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jagged

    This was okay until Parker enters the fray. Then things just go down hill into cheesy, whiny, redundant doom. I liked Miranda while she was a hard ass working dirty jobs. But once she became a hypocritical tease, I lost interest in her. The story started off pretty good and intriguing. But it didn't keep up the appeal. I don't know, I just don't really care about eating at restaurants or have sympathy for a woman who treats people the way she doesn't want to be treated. There is a lot of downtime. I This was okay until Parker enters the fray. Then things just go down hill into cheesy, whiny, redundant doom. I liked Miranda while she was a hard ass working dirty jobs. But once she became a hypocritical tease, I lost interest in her. The story started off pretty good and intriguing. But it didn't keep up the appeal. I don't know, I just don't really care about eating at restaurants or have sympathy for a woman who treats people the way she doesn't want to be treated. There is a lot of downtime. I skimmed a good portion of this book because I was bored. Everything came together far too easily. There were no real twists or turns. Miranda really had no business working as an investigator. The relationship between Miranda and Parker was awful and disturbing. Parker's daughter's behaviour was also absurd and disturbing. The killer didn't make any sense at all. The motive was ridiculous, at best. And I'm not at all inclined to read further.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    I could list many small and bigger issues I had with this book, but at the end I really enjoyed it. Absolutely loved the premise and the suspense of the series. The transformation of the heroine from a meek submissive abused wife to a blatant badass is admirable. Yes, not everything was plausible and there were many plot holes, but I can't stop reading it. Already on the 3rd book 😂 Trigger warning: abuse (mostly off page), 'lost' of a child (heroine's daughter was given to adoption by her asshole hu I could list many small and bigger issues I had with this book, but at the end I really enjoyed it. Absolutely loved the premise and the suspense of the series. The transformation of the heroine from a meek submissive abused wife to a blatant badass is admirable. Yes, not everything was plausible and there were many plot holes, but I can't stop reading it. Already on the 3rd book 😂 Trigger warning: abuse (mostly off page), 'lost' of a child (heroine's daughter was given to adoption by her asshole husband), hero lost his wife to cancer 3 years ago and became a ladiesman after 2 years grieving. Victims young girls. Despite some weird moments and some of her inner thoughts I liked the heroine a lot. She is not a standard beauty, slightly aggressive and the way she pushed the hero away was delicious 😊. I assume he was celibate after he met her. Some very light OW drama, but mostly about his exes. Surprisingly and fortunately almost non-existent slut-shaming. For those, who like their heroines being aggressive, badass and reckless, it could be a good read. Free on Amazon. The rest of the series is on KU. Due to the issues I had with this story based on my knowledge of investigation procedure I can't rate it higher than 3 stars. But as I said, already reading the 3rd book, so it wasn't that bad to give up. It's how I love my heroines! 👇👇👇 "One way or another, she’d survive. One way or another, she’d learn not to be afraid. One way or another, she’d make herself so strong, no man would ever hurt her again."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it won't be the last! I loved it, and could not put it down. I only read it as it was free, but will now gladly buy the other in the Miranda series...if only to read more about the hot PI Wade Parker. The book is well written, and great plotting..it kept me on the edge throughout. I highly recommend this book and this author to anyone looking for a great read! This is the first book I have read by this author, and it won't be the last! I loved it, and could not put it down. I only read it as it was free, but will now gladly buy the other in the Miranda series...if only to read more about the hot PI Wade Parker. The book is well written, and great plotting..it kept me on the edge throughout. I highly recommend this book and this author to anyone looking for a great read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kavita Kumar-Karthik

    It started well and it had so much potential. A little unwanted drama in the middle and the end was surprising and very disconnected. I felt, the perpetrator seemed very logistically disconnected to the plot. Not a very smart killer, but a radicalized psycho. I have a feeling I won't be reading this series further. The investigation part is awfully less. It started well and it had so much potential. A little unwanted drama in the middle and the end was surprising and very disconnected. I felt, the perpetrator seemed very logistically disconnected to the plot. Not a very smart killer, but a radicalized psycho. I have a feeling I won't be reading this series further. The investigation part is awfully less.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    Finishing “Someone else’s Daughter”, I realized that although this book started off promising, it turned out to be a rather below average read, especially the budding romance between Wade Parker and Miranda Steele felt trivial and brought the entire plot down. It’s not that I disliked Miranda. She’s a woman who has come a long way since being bullied, abused by a brutal and boorish husband, a policeman, thirteen years earlier. Miranda has become a fighter and a defender of the weak, preferring to Finishing “Someone else’s Daughter”, I realized that although this book started off promising, it turned out to be a rather below average read, especially the budding romance between Wade Parker and Miranda Steele felt trivial and brought the entire plot down. It’s not that I disliked Miranda. She’s a woman who has come a long way since being bullied, abused by a brutal and boorish husband, a policeman, thirteen years earlier. Miranda has become a fighter and a defender of the weak, preferring to do transient physical work, like on a road crew or a construction job. When Miranda finally receives a worthy clue of where to find her lost daughter, who was put for adoption by her abusive husband when she was a few weeks old, Miranda travels to Atlanta and crosses paths with Wade Parker, founder of the Parker Agency, a private investigators corporation. Wade sees a kindred spirit in her and hires her as a trainee. Whether she will find her daughter or not, that I prefer to leave out. Anyway, the story went downhill from there. And revealing the killer’s identity at the conclusion of the story, was even more preposterous.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Honestly, this book started out well, then things started going downhill. For a book that was summarized as a mystery slash thriller, it was more a romance than anything. Nothing wrong with that, but it was false advertising I feel. Once enough characters were exposed, it was easy to figure out who the killer was. I also didn't really care for Miranda, one of the main characters. Overall, it was okay. 2.5/5⭐ Honestly, this book started out well, then things started going downhill. For a book that was summarized as a mystery slash thriller, it was more a romance than anything. Nothing wrong with that, but it was false advertising I feel. Once enough characters were exposed, it was easy to figure out who the killer was. I also didn't really care for Miranda, one of the main characters. Overall, it was okay. 2.5/5⭐

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Tilbury

    DNF This started of well and then seemed to lose it's way. It may well be more appealing to those who don't mind their thrillers being taken over with sex and romance. DNF This started of well and then seemed to lose it's way. It may well be more appealing to those who don't mind their thrillers being taken over with sex and romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I have been reading too many beginnings of series lately (due to what is free or cheap on B&N or Kindle). Again the start of character development and background to give the series something to grow on. A woman, who has experienced some bad parts of life, is looking for a daughter who was taken from her many years ago. She comes into contact with a wealthy man in Georgia (a P.I.) and gets involved with a murder. The twists and turns to solving the murder are quite interesting but the romance is ty I have been reading too many beginnings of series lately (due to what is free or cheap on B&N or Kindle). Again the start of character development and background to give the series something to grow on. A woman, who has experienced some bad parts of life, is looking for a daughter who was taken from her many years ago. She comes into contact with a wealthy man in Georgia (a P.I.) and gets involved with a murder. The twists and turns to solving the murder are quite interesting but the romance is typical stupid. Too much of the "oh no, I am poor and uneducated so there can be nothing between us" variety. Good characters, the mystery plot is great and there is a large opening for further plots to develop around finding her daughter.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Devi Nair

    Original Review can be found on my Review Blog Views She Writes Before I started the book, I went through some of the reviews in GoodReads. They were mixed ones with some negative current underlying. But having liked the blurb of the book, I thought of going ahead with it anyway. And that happened to be a wonderful choice for me. There is nothing not to love in this book. Miranda Steele is a very believable character. The things that she has gone through in her past has only motivated her to get s Original Review can be found on my Review Blog Views She Writes Before I started the book, I went through some of the reviews in GoodReads. They were mixed ones with some negative current underlying. But having liked the blurb of the book, I thought of going ahead with it anyway. And that happened to be a wonderful choice for me. There is nothing not to love in this book. Miranda Steele is a very believable character. The things that she has gone through in her past has only motivated her to get stronger and bolder in her attitude towards life. The “Steele” she has in her is only further enforced by her incessant liking for very hot peppers. She gets the break of her life by getting noticed by Wade Parker, who is a PI. The attraction between them is natural and goes well with the story. The story is wholly focused on Miranda, with Wade getting some POVs in between. The central female character gives the story a better feel. The male character is also written in such a way as to give enough importance to him but not having him overshadow Miranda. This gives a very woman-centric theme to the book, which makes it enthralling. The actual murder on which the mystery is based is also nicely scripted, although at times I felt the author wants the readers to figure out the killer way before the final reveal. I could guess the killer about 60% into the book and was proved right at the end, albeit in a very surprising way. Linsay is a wonderful writer. She added enough witty comments in the book to make the reader literally laugh out loud in certain situations, thereby ensuring the story does not turn boring or monotonous. Her style of writing ensures that you cannot keep the book down till you reach the very end. I am looking forward to more wonderful cases with Miranda and Wade. They make a wonderful couple and are in perfect sync to solve mysteries.

  12. 4 out of 5

    charlotte beem

    Someone Else's Daughter by Linsey Lanier This book was awesome. I really enjoyed reading about Miranda's story. It was a tough story but an inspiring one. I love how tough and independent Miranda became after suffering for so many years at the hands of her crazy mean husband. But she never stopped trying to help anyone that was being victimized, even at her own detriment. Wow !! What a gal. I loved the book,the characters,the heart that was in it. I most definitely recommend this book. For adults Someone Else's Daughter by Linsey Lanier This book was awesome. I really enjoyed reading about Miranda's story. It was a tough story but an inspiring one. I love how tough and independent Miranda became after suffering for so many years at the hands of her crazy mean husband. But she never stopped trying to help anyone that was being victimized, even at her own detriment. Wow !! What a gal. I loved the book,the characters,the heart that was in it. I most definitely recommend this book. For adults. Can't wait to get the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dipika Bangera

    I would have rated this book more than 2 stars, if not for the ending which left me with a stranded feeling. Give it a miss.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    “Daughter” was our first exposure to author Linsey Lanier, whose book-list has some two dozen “romantic mystery” novels so far, most of which feature protagonist Miranda Steele and head of his famous Atlanta investigative agency, Wade Parker. The plot finds Miranda searching the country for her stolen daughter Amy; and after a bevy of construction-type labor jobs, she’s spotted by Parker, a wealthy (and of course handsome) entrepreneur who somehow knows she would instead be a great private eye! “Daughter” was our first exposure to author Linsey Lanier, whose book-list has some two dozen “romantic mystery” novels so far, most of which feature protagonist Miranda Steele and head of his famous Atlanta investigative agency, Wade Parker. The plot finds Miranda searching the country for her stolen daughter Amy; and after a bevy of construction-type labor jobs, she’s spotted by Parker, a wealthy (and of course handsome) entrepreneur who somehow knows she would instead be a great private eye! Moreover, their virtually immediate romantic attraction, of the “hot blood coursing through their veins” variety, consumes close to half the ink as they work on a couple teenage female murders in Atlanta’s exclusive Buckhead suburb. Of course the crimes are eventually solved, with a pretty far-fetched resolution. So go get your sand buckets, towels, and umbrellas and head for the beach – little more need be said. {2.5}

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley Shead

    Miranda Steele and Wade Parker are characters I want to know more about. Someone Else's Daughter is a great story with plenty of angst and darkness. There's a bevvy of things going on in the storyline with murder and domestic abuse, but there's also an emphasis on the developing relationship between the PI Parker and Miranda who have absolutely nothing in common. What do they say about chalk and cheese? I'm going to read book two in the series now...I think I'm hooked. Miranda Steele and Wade Parker are characters I want to know more about. Someone Else's Daughter is a great story with plenty of angst and darkness. There's a bevvy of things going on in the storyline with murder and domestic abuse, but there's also an emphasis on the developing relationship between the PI Parker and Miranda who have absolutely nothing in common. What do they say about chalk and cheese? I'm going to read book two in the series now...I think I'm hooked.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Am not one for mysteries but the title was intriguing. From the beginning to the end I was excited to find out where her daughter was and was murdering these girls. Suspenseful I am not one for mysteries but the title of this book caught me. From the beginning til the end it was suspenseful. I would recommend this read to my friends

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Myers

    A very good suspense with a unique plot and interesting characters. With a little editing, I would rate this higher.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was a good one. The characters stay true to their sometimes-frustrating truths. Miranda is a fascinating person. Following her story is gonna be fun! On to Book 2...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dwight Burgess

    Good plot. Although I think the story plot is good, I also feel any realism is short. All in all, I enjoyed the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Not a good book at all but skimmed through the book to the end because I wanted to ensure that I solved the rather obvious mystery correctly.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Downloaded this for free. The story was very good. Definitly read the next one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Oak Park, IL. Groth (abusive ex-husband, cop) had locked the door & would not let Miranda Steele (ex-wife) in. Leon had been kidnapped Amy (3-month daughter) & put her up for adoption. He knew Amy wasn’t his child, he couldn’t have kids. The child’s nickname was it. Fast forward 13 yrs. Pittsburgh, PA. Miranda Steele gave Dombroski “Dumbo” his #5 order. Sherlock “The Super” told his Norris Wrecking Co. crew of: Miranda, Dombroski, Little Jake 20, Nye (black guy), & Cassidy, lunch break was over; Oak Park, IL. Groth (abusive ex-husband, cop) had locked the door & would not let Miranda Steele (ex-wife) in. Leon had been kidnapped Amy (3-month daughter) & put her up for adoption. He knew Amy wasn’t his child, he couldn’t have kids. The child’s nickname was it. Fast forward 13 yrs. Pittsburgh, PA. Miranda Steele gave Dombroski “Dumbo” his #5 order. Sherlock “The Super” told his Norris Wrecking Co. crew of: Miranda, Dombroski, Little Jake 20, Nye (black guy), & Cassidy, lunch break was over; back to work. Sherlock told Miranda she had a call 1st. It was Barbara Thomas (50+) with The Seekers (adoption reunion organization). This meeting did not go well at all. Elizabeth Kinkade had just broken up with Thomas Jameson (player). Someone had broken into her house so Elizabeth hired Wade Russell Parker Jr. (44, PI, wealthy widower, Parker Investigative Agency) to find out who/why. Wade, & Patricia were at a very wealthy prominent aristocrat party. Just so happened Thomas was also. Lieutenant Hosea Erskine (Atlanta PD) was on his way upstairs. Dr. Jackson Taggart (St. Benedictine Hospital Chief of Staff) informed Wade, Madison Elizabeth Taggart (13) had disappeared. She had walked home from Tiffany Todd’s house. Buckhead, GA. Mockingbird Hills. 111 Sweet Hollow Lane. Guess where Miranda (35+) ended up. Later, Madison had runaway or disappeared. Wade “Silver Fox” Parker Jr. had been hired by Dr. Jackson Taggart (husband/Madison’s father) to find her. Fulton County Justice Center Tower. Judge Orville Knight presiding. The People v Miranda Steele. Antonio Estavez (Parker’s surrogate son, Chatham, Grayson, & McFee) is Miranda’s attorney. Atlanta, GA. Policeman’s Ball. Everybody that was somebody was there for the fundraiser. Just a few names that were in attendance are: Wade, Miranda, Lamar Ingram (husband), Giselle Ingram (wife), Tiffany Todd (younger daughter), Iris Van Aarle (Tiffany’s father), Wilhelmina Todd (Tiffany’s mother Chatham, Grayson, & McFee; attorney), Isaiah Todd, Dr. Jackson Taggart (St. Benedictine Hospital Chief of Staff), Cloris Taggart (wife/mother), & Lieutenant Erskine. What was up to Shelby Van Aarle? There were now 3 murders to solve: Madison Taggart, & Tiffany Todd. They were teen BFF’s. Will the killer(s) get caught & brought to justice? Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dunnit murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Felicity Books 3rd. edition; DailyFreeBooks; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Someone Else’s Daughter is a Miranda’ Right Mystery book 1 by Lindsey Lanier. It is a really good book and you don’t want to put it down. It deals with abuse, adoption, building self-confidence, and mystery. Miranda Steele was a victim of spousal abuse. She went to the store one evening to get ice cream and was abducted and raped. If that wasn’t enough, her ex-husband deemed it her fault and when she showed up pregnant, he verbally and physically abused her. The turning point came when three wee Someone Else’s Daughter is a Miranda’ Right Mystery book 1 by Lindsey Lanier. It is a really good book and you don’t want to put it down. It deals with abuse, adoption, building self-confidence, and mystery. Miranda Steele was a victim of spousal abuse. She went to the store one evening to get ice cream and was abducted and raped. If that wasn’t enough, her ex-husband deemed it her fault and when she showed up pregnant, he verbally and physically abused her. The turning point came when three weeks after her baby was born, he took her out of the house and gave her up for adoption. He forged her name on the papers. Could he get away with it? Yes, he was a cop and knew lots of people who would help him. Then he threw her out in the snow and told her to leave. Miranda could have given up then; but she didn’t. She had to find her baby. She pulled herself up by her boot strings and took whatever job she could as she hunted for her daughter. The agency she used had no clues to give her. On her visit to the company thirteen years later led to a clue. An anonymous thirteen year old in Atlanta wrote to the company for their help in finding her mother. She had been adopted and her adoptive parents had no time for her. She just wanted to find her birth parents. The problem was, she didn’t sign the letter with her name, just Someone Else’s daughter. Now she was in Atlanta. Miranda had a job working on the streets. She and the boss lady didn’t agree on how to handle an older mentally challenged worker. This disagreement led to an all out fight with Miranda getting fired and the boss lady moved to a different position. Now Miranda had to look for another job. Wade Parker ran a large private investigation company. He had run into Miranda at a bar and found her fascinating. He did a background check on her then watched from a distance as her job as a city worker crumbled. He saw potential in her to be a private investigator so he offered her a job. The job included going through their school before being paid to work a case. The next time he talked to her was when she was in jail as a suspect in the murder of a young girl. Luckily she found a witness that kept her away from the girl murder. Now will she take the job with Parker’s group in order to trace her daughter or will she go it alone?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terric853

    Miranda Steele has had a rough life. She was married to an abusive man years ago. She left him after he gave her baby - she was raped one night when out looking for ice cream for him - for adoption. Since then, Miranda has been a drifter, moving from town to town, taking physical-labor jobs like road construction or steel mill, all the while looking for clues as to where her now 13-year-old daughter may be. Her search takes her to Atlanta where she, through several twists, ends up working at a pr Miranda Steele has had a rough life. She was married to an abusive man years ago. She left him after he gave her baby - she was raped one night when out looking for ice cream for him - for adoption. Since then, Miranda has been a drifter, moving from town to town, taking physical-labor jobs like road construction or steel mill, all the while looking for clues as to where her now 13-year-old daughter may be. Her search takes her to Atlanta where she, through several twists, ends up working at a private investigation firm for Wade Russell Parker 3d, Atlanta's "most eligible bachelor." The plot revolves around Parker's attempt at finding a missing girl who is the daughter of his friends. When the girl turns up dead, the search is on the find the killer. Miranda jumps into the investigation and helps turn up new clues. However, her unorthodox ways and her disregard for rules causes some problems for the agency and Parker. Of course, Parker and Miranda are wildly attracted to each other. She has vowed to never have another relationship, so she fights Parker every step of the way. Even when she gives in to his advances, she is on edge and pushes him away even while wanting him and the peaceful life he offers. I usually dislike heroines (and heroes) with issues like hers, but the author makes her sympathetic and still likable even at her prickliest. This is the first in a series of books and I know I'll read the second, just to see how Miranda and Parker are doing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I really liked this first book in the series of Miranda Rights Mysteries. Its a murder mystery, a love story and a chronicle of a woman's personal journey from victimization to power. Miranda journeys to Atlanta following a clue that may lead her to a daughter who was stolen from her 13 years ago when she was 3 weeks old. After escaping an abusive relationship with the husband who placed her child in a closed adoption, she spends those years developing her physical strength and her conviction to I really liked this first book in the series of Miranda Rights Mysteries. Its a murder mystery, a love story and a chronicle of a woman's personal journey from victimization to power. Miranda journeys to Atlanta following a clue that may lead her to a daughter who was stolen from her 13 years ago when she was 3 weeks old. After escaping an abusive relationship with the husband who placed her child in a closed adoption, she spends those years developing her physical strength and her conviction to stay away from intimate relationships. She does a good job until she meets a man that forces her to question her choices. There is much more drama but what I most liked about the book was how Miranda's story was told. The developing relationship between her and a wealthy Atlanta PI is sensual, tender and uplifting. The storyline focuses on the investigation of serial murders of young girls so be forewarned. The ending was surprising. It also ends with the promise of more to the fragile relationship that develops between Miranda and Parker in future books. I usually don't care for this kind of ending but in this case it was handled well. I was not frustrated or disappointed at where this installment ended. So I will read the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    I like the style of this author and was sucked into the book rather quickly. Not bad for a freebie (thanks bookbubs!) Miranda Steele is a hard-ass, modern chick who knows how to fight back. When her life took a dramatic change thanks to her good-for-nothing husband, she picked herself up and used that anger to become something better. The storyline was brilliant and had enough grit to keep you guessing pretty much till the end. I did guess the who-dun-it plot a dew chapters before the end, but it I like the style of this author and was sucked into the book rather quickly. Not bad for a freebie (thanks bookbubs!) Miranda Steele is a hard-ass, modern chick who knows how to fight back. When her life took a dramatic change thanks to her good-for-nothing husband, she picked herself up and used that anger to become something better. The storyline was brilliant and had enough grit to keep you guessing pretty much till the end. I did guess the who-dun-it plot a dew chapters before the end, but it was still a good read and left me wanting to read the next one. I envisioned watching a film throughout this whole book, and truely believe it would be great for the screen. The flow and balance of the main storyline, along with Miranda's dips into the past was pretty good. There was enough diversity to keep you interested, but enough focus on the main story so you didn't lose sight of what was happening there. The only negative bit for me was the sex. I felt in certain places it just went on for too long and found myself skipping some of these pages. I get the 'read-between-the-lines' its her release etc, but the lengthyness of it didn't add anything extra to the storyline for me. But that's a pretty minor negative.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Fernandes

    The premise for this book is great! It revolves around two themes, adoption and spousal domestic abuse. The book is very well plotted. The sarcasm of Miranda Steele, the female protagonist is wonderful. She's witty, sharp and funny. I love her remarks as they go on inside her head. Young teenage girls are being murdered as Miranda comes to Buckhead, a wealthy zip code which you will be drawn into very easily. The middle half of the book is the best part. Since its the absolute basics, Miranda an The premise for this book is great! It revolves around two themes, adoption and spousal domestic abuse. The book is very well plotted. The sarcasm of Miranda Steele, the female protagonist is wonderful. She's witty, sharp and funny. I love her remarks as they go on inside her head. Young teenage girls are being murdered as Miranda comes to Buckhead, a wealthy zip code which you will be drawn into very easily. The middle half of the book is the best part. Since its the absolute basics, Miranda and the reader start learning about How to be a detective from scratch. So this can be a bit boring, but its good to start from there. What I find difficult to process was that Miranda could be raging one moment with Parker her counterpart and then acting completely girlish the next. It takes away from the tough image that the author builds up specially during their car conversations. While the mystery gets tied up easily Miranda very conveniently decides to stay back with Parker when the whole book has been about how she didn't need a man. It would have been nice if the there was some eye opening moment that Miranda had before she decided she would stay on for him. Overall its a quick read, nothing ghastly.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Carter

    I liked aspects of this book, but overall I was disappointed. It wasn't what I expected from the synopsis and is not a genre I would normally read. I didn't like the heroine, she was ridiculously tough. It was quite racy in the middle, which isn't really my thing either, and the plot was perhaps a little predictable. That said, I have rated it four stars because I am sure it would appeal to many. The story moves along at a stable pace and builds to an enjoyable climax. There is romantic interest I liked aspects of this book, but overall I was disappointed. It wasn't what I expected from the synopsis and is not a genre I would normally read. I didn't like the heroine, she was ridiculously tough. It was quite racy in the middle, which isn't really my thing either, and the plot was perhaps a little predictable. That said, I have rated it four stars because I am sure it would appeal to many. The story moves along at a stable pace and builds to an enjoyable climax. There is romantic interest which is nicely narrated and rather erotic, which I know is very popular, and the book is well written. If you enjoy it, this is the first in a series. Recommended if this is your thing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen & Gerard

    This book kept my interest from the start and kept me turning pages. Miranda is a very strong woman with an edge that she uses to protect herself from getting close to people and getting hurt. It is a good murder mystery which takes the reader through the crime investigation step-by-step. This is the first book in the Miranda’s Rights Mystery series and I look forward to reading more! (Karen's review) This book kept my interest from the start and kept me turning pages. Miranda is a very strong woman with an edge that she uses to protect herself from getting close to people and getting hurt. It is a good murder mystery which takes the reader through the crime investigation step-by-step. This is the first book in the Miranda’s Rights Mystery series and I look forward to reading more! (Karen's review)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "The long and winding road" My only complaint about this book is the time it took to get to the point. It was easy enough to pick up Miranda's story; Wade Parker's too when he arrived on the scene. What could have been a really slick, crisp and engrossing thriller was marred for me with that back story being reinforced time and time again. Talk about laying it on with a trowel! Sometimes less is more. "The long and winding road" My only complaint about this book is the time it took to get to the point. It was easy enough to pick up Miranda's story; Wade Parker's too when he arrived on the scene. What could have been a really slick, crisp and engrossing thriller was marred for me with that back story being reinforced time and time again. Talk about laying it on with a trowel! Sometimes less is more.

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