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When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she's decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren't asleep – they'v When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she's decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren't asleep – they've been murdered. Detective Joel Breda sets out to find answers – not only about the unidentified victims in the marshy death scene, but also about the aloof and beautiful photographer who seems to know more about his investigation than he does. As they begin to unravel the motivation of a merciless serial killer, Miranda and Joel must race against the clock to make an arrest before the killer can find them first.


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When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she's decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren't asleep – they'v When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she's decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren't asleep – they've been murdered. Detective Joel Breda sets out to find answers – not only about the unidentified victims in the marshy death scene, but also about the aloof and beautiful photographer who seems to know more about his investigation than he does. As they begin to unravel the motivation of a merciless serial killer, Miranda and Joel must race against the clock to make an arrest before the killer can find them first.

30 review for Flight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    As a fan of her Tracers series, I always welcome a book by Laura Griffin. In Flight we get to know two new characters: Miranda Rhoads and Joel Breda. The novel begins with Miranda, a photographer, taking pictures of birds at sunrise. After her perfect shot is done, she encounters two dead bodies arranged on a boat. The coupled looked staged. A feather is found at the crime scene. Miranda, who is a CSI on a break, calls the cops after taking pictures of the bodies to preserve the scene since rain i As a fan of her Tracers series, I always welcome a book by Laura Griffin. In Flight we get to know two new characters: Miranda Rhoads and Joel Breda. The novel begins with Miranda, a photographer, taking pictures of birds at sunrise. After her perfect shot is done, she encounters two dead bodies arranged on a boat. The coupled looked staged. A feather is found at the crime scene. Miranda, who is a CSI on a break, calls the cops after taking pictures of the bodies to preserve the scene since rain is on its way. Joel Breda is the lead detective of the small town of Lost Beach. He’s in charge of finding the killer. He knows that Miranda can be of help, Her expertise could be invaluable to the investigation. He will do anything to convince her to join his team. But the closer they get to the answers, the clearer it is that Miranda’s life is in danger. Who is trying to hurt her? Laura Griffith writes great romantic suspense. I’m always ready to jump into the story because I know I will relish it. The Flight was no different. Enjoyable characters that I wanted to learn more about. Of course, there are always secondary characters that make you think: I want to read about them next! Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Berkely via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    Initial Thoughts - I enjoyed everything about this. The characters of Miranda Rhoads and Joel Breda are both fascinating and compelling. This is why Laura Griffin is one of my all-time favorite authors. Review - The thing I'm always excited about when starting a laura Griffin Book is her way of setting the stage. From the warm and welcoming hues of a rising sun to the feel of morning mist on your skin. We're there alongside her characters. Every detail used to immerse you more soundly into the Initial Thoughts - I enjoyed everything about this. The characters of Miranda Rhoads and Joel Breda are both fascinating and compelling. This is why Laura Griffin is one of my all-time favorite authors. Review - The thing I'm always excited about when starting a laura Griffin Book is her way of setting the stage. From the warm and welcoming hues of a rising sun to the feel of morning mist on your skin. We're there alongside her characters. Every detail used to immerse you more soundly into the story. Reading a new release by Griffin feels like coming home in a way. Safe in the knowledge that we will be taken care of. Miranda Rhoads, a former forensic photographer, thinks she has found the perfect place to regroup and find her center again. The world has a way of moving you in a direction without warning. Miranda is about to learn that the hard way. Flight, book two in the Texas Murder Files, is a journey into the unknown by a seasoned captain, named Laura Griffin. 5 STARS ~Tanja Full review coming soon. *ARC Provided by Publisher Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿

  3. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Miranda Rhoads, a former San Antonio forensic photographer, is renting a cottage in the seaside town of Lost Beach while she works on a wildlife photo assignment. In the early morning hours, while photographing on the water, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe… only they aren’t sleeping they’ve been murdered. The tale that unfolded was suspenseful as leading detective, Joel Breda persuades Miranda to work for the department even as he can stop thinking about her romantically. I really en Miranda Rhoads, a former San Antonio forensic photographer, is renting a cottage in the seaside town of Lost Beach while she works on a wildlife photo assignment. In the early morning hours, while photographing on the water, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe… only they aren’t sleeping they’ve been murdered. The tale that unfolded was suspenseful as leading detective, Joel Breda persuades Miranda to work for the department even as he can stop thinking about her romantically. I really enjoy Griffin’s novels. The cases are intriguing and feel current. She delivers plenty of suspects, red herrings and twists. The romances unfolds quickly as is common in this genre, but Griffin created characters I connected with and their chemistry, background and feelings felt realistic giving their relationship depth. Secondary characters, and links to other murders delivered a suspenseful case. I liked getting to know the secondary law enforcement characters. I’m hoping we eventually get their stories. Once I started I was unable to set their story and this case aside. Fans of romantic suspense, murder mysteries and small-town communities will want to add Flight to their bookshelf. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dísir

    As a former CSI, Miranda Rhoads’s move to the coast in the hopes of having a peaceful time doesn’t last long when she stumbles on a seemingly staged (and macabre) murder of 2 people. It’s a discovery that brings her back too closely to her old life just as a small-town detective whose intensity and confidence stir an attraction she doesn’t want to feel. There’s much to like about Griffin’s writing, which is what brings me back over and over (and quite eagerly so) to her: the clear, concise descri As a former CSI, Miranda Rhoads’s move to the coast in the hopes of having a peaceful time doesn’t last long when she stumbles on a seemingly staged (and macabre) murder of 2 people. It’s a discovery that brings her back too closely to her old life just as a small-town detective whose intensity and confidence stir an attraction she doesn’t want to feel. There’s much to like about Griffin’s writing, which is what brings me back over and over (and quite eagerly so) to her: the clear, concise descriptions, the perfect use of atmosphere and protagonists that are fleshed out enough that you could very well imagine them anchoring a crime drama series, a well-crafted plot and the bonus—a romance that you know you want to see out as the story progresses. The guess-whodunnit game begins from the start, amping up as Griffin builds on the urgent need to link all the threads that don’t seem to come together. In all, it is an engaging process of getting yourself to think and work backwards just as the characters do, involving symbols and ideology and the groups today that try to employ them for their own purposes. On the other hand, the romance here is admittedly thin at times; the chemistry between Joel Breda and Miranda seems somewhat threadbare despite Griffin’s words insisting so without much showing in support of it. Both Miranda and Joel have pasts they are seemingly scarred by, but even those back-stories are hardly explored, written about only as a few lines as dialogue that comes and goes without making significant impact. The low-level conflict of coupling up when they work together is a simmering issue, though not one that’s blown out of proportion; both are easily competent in their professional lives even as they struggle personally in their growing relationship. Miranda/Joel are likeable as they come, but I finished ‘Flight’ thinking that they became a couple who stood as solid as they could be as long as there was work tying them together after their rushed love declarations. Would they have been good together if they weren’t working together, if there wasn’t a crime scene between them? How well did they really know each other beyond the few exchanges they had about their personal lives? ‘Flight’ is a good standalone; it hardly registered that Bailey (Miranda’s sister) was actually the protagonist of the first book given there’s barely any kind of romantic continuity here. But if the murder mystery is something more important to you as a reader as opposed to the romantic subplot, then take heart, this is the kind of writing Griffin excels in. *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    Flight is the second book in The Texas Murder Files series but I can tell you, honestly, that I did not feel like I was reading a serial installment. I was not lost at the start and there was not one point during this book that I felt like there was a backstory between characters that I was missing out on. I am sure if I had read the prequel that I would catch references to the previous story but I was happy that this reading experience did not make me feel that way. This story opens with a tran Flight is the second book in The Texas Murder Files series but I can tell you, honestly, that I did not feel like I was reading a serial installment. I was not lost at the start and there was not one point during this book that I felt like there was a backstory between characters that I was missing out on. I am sure if I had read the prequel that I would catch references to the previous story but I was happy that this reading experience did not make me feel that way. This story opens with a tranquil moment that quickly escalated into a waking nightmare for Miranda. She was a character that I immediately liked. She was a smart cookie but I could tell there was an underlying tension within her. It became apparent that she was recovering from a terrible experience that altered her in ways that she was only beginning to deal with. Despite her reluctance to stay out of the murder she stumbled onto, she couldn’t stop her professional curiosity. It was her actions and knowledge that brought her to Joel’s attention. Joel and his team were understaffed and didn’t have the manpower to deal with all that was taking place in their small town. When it came to his attention that Miranda had a CSI background, he knew that he needed her help, and quick. She had a good eye for details and there was also something about her that drew his interest on a non-professional level. No one was more surprised about the attraction than he was, especially with how his personal life had recently bottomed out. What I liked about Flight was that it was a suspenseful mystery first and that the romance was subtle, yet powerful. It was a dance between Miranda and Joel that was slow but satisfying the closer they became. The mystery in this story was nicely done because, even though I had my suspicions about who was responsible for what was taking place, there was enough misdirection to keep me guessing. Overall, Flight was a thrilling story and I would absolutely recommend it! This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    4.25 Stars Miranda, a CSI on hiatus, is spending the summer at the small Texas coastal town of Lost Beach photographing birds for a nature calendar. This is just the respite she needs after particularly tough case that didn’t end well. However, while photographing, Miranda stumbles upon a double murder and she becomes embroiled in the investigation when the police discover her skills. Miranda’s photography captured my interest, I’d love to photograph birds in the marshes of Texas! Well, maybe not 4.25 Stars Miranda, a CSI on hiatus, is spending the summer at the small Texas coastal town of Lost Beach photographing birds for a nature calendar. This is just the respite she needs after particularly tough case that didn’t end well. However, while photographing, Miranda stumbles upon a double murder and she becomes embroiled in the investigation when the police discover her skills. Miranda’s photography captured my interest, I’d love to photograph birds in the marshes of Texas! Well, maybe not in the summer as I hate mosquitos and unfortunately, they love me! Flight had a perfect balance between the main mystery/thriller and the romance. It was a little heavier on the romance than a lot of police procedurals, but I was on board with that as I really connected with Joel and Miranda’s romance! That being said, the police procedural part was interesting, and it seems like Ms. Griffin always features cutting-edge techniques. I’ve read several of Laura Griffin’s books, but Flight stands out as one of my favorites! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    She's Baaaaaack! For those of you who read the first book in this series, you have my sympathy, it was a bad book. I want to tell you that "Flight" is an awesome Romantic-Suspense and a great read and the Laura Griffin we all read and loved is back. Although there are moments of the martyr in the heroine, the main characters make a great couple. I loved the setting and all the supporting characters. Miranda Rhoads is a wildlife photographer working and living in the Texas seaside town of Lost Bea She's Baaaaaack! For those of you who read the first book in this series, you have my sympathy, it was a bad book. I want to tell you that "Flight" is an awesome Romantic-Suspense and a great read and the Laura Griffin we all read and loved is back. Although there are moments of the martyr in the heroine, the main characters make a great couple. I loved the setting and all the supporting characters. Miranda Rhoads is a wildlife photographer working and living in the Texas seaside town of Lost Beach. While on a sunrise photo shoot in the marsh she finds a canoe with two bodies. This is not a scene she thought to ever see again. In her previous life as a forensic photographer she had seen enough to last a lifetime. But old habits die hard and with a storm approaching, she documents the crime scene. Detective Joel Breda has a real mystery with the deaths of two twentysomethings found dead in a canoe. He has no names for them and little evidence to even begin an investigation. The gorgeous photographer who found them has the only clues as to what happened. Spending some time with her is not at all a hardship. It soon becomes evident that Miranda has stumbled on just the latest in a series of murders all related to an environmental group. Now all they need is to find the member who has gone rogue and is murdering the environment's enemies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Up All Night Book Addict

    After reading the first book in this series last year, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I didn't read the book description when I grabbed it. Not that it would've made a difference, but I just assumed that this one would be another mystery with the same main character as the previous book. Instead, this one follows a mystery involving her sister. Like I said, it doesn't really matter, but it left me confused for a minute. I dove into this book with the hopes that it would rival the previo After reading the first book in this series last year, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I didn't read the book description when I grabbed it. Not that it would've made a difference, but I just assumed that this one would be another mystery with the same main character as the previous book. Instead, this one follows a mystery involving her sister. Like I said, it doesn't really matter, but it left me confused for a minute. I dove into this book with the hopes that it would rival the previous book. I don't think it's as good, but it's not bad either. It just didn't pull me in like Hidden did. This book felt a little forced. There was a lot of filler I could've done without. I found myself skimming a lot of the unnecessary parts. I really don't like when that happens. I tend to lose interest in the story as a whole when there's too much extra filler. Like in Hidden, this book is part mystery and part romance. The romance in this book was okay. I personally didn't feel the connection between the characters. The author tried, but I just wasn't feeling it. Overall this book was okay. I'm not displeased with it, but I'm not jumping over the moon about it either. I will definitely read the next book when it comes out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Flight Laura Griffin NY Times bestseller Griffin’s (Hidden) second in her new Texas Murder Files novel, Flight, is full of everything fans love about this author, a timely edge of your seat storyline, fast paced interesting and very readable narrative, police procedural attention to detail, always a strong female protagonist, a steamy romance and a murder mystery in her home state that will make the audience’s hair stand on end. This novel features San Antonio forensic photographer Miranda Rhoade Flight Laura Griffin NY Times bestseller Griffin’s (Hidden) second in her new Texas Murder Files novel, Flight, is full of everything fans love about this author, a timely edge of your seat storyline, fast paced interesting and very readable narrative, police procedural attention to detail, always a strong female protagonist, a steamy romance and a murder mystery in her home state that will make the audience’s hair stand on end. This novel features San Antonio forensic photographer Miranda Rhoades who after a calamitous case has temporarily settled on the Texas coast in the small touristy town of Lost Beach using her talents to photograph birds instead of crime scenes and literally stumbles on a pair of dead bodies then whose expertise gets her drawn into this baffling case by local detective Joel Breda who she can’t seem to say not to or stop thinking about. Breda and his team are under pressure to solve this grisly case before tourist season starts but keep coming up with dead ends until they finally get a break because of a feather MIranda found at the crime scene. But Joel knows that he’s up against more than solving a crime because he’s way too attracted to the beautiful CSI and needs to decide how to handle wanting her and working with her at the same time. Griffin, a master of the dangling carrot leads her readers on a roller coaster ride as they find themselves speeding through the pages desperately seeking her well placed and often just out of sight clues to solve the puzzle. Along the way they’re gifted with interesting character observations, backstories that fill in all the what’s, where’s and why’s and an electric dynamic between Miranda and Joel that makes it almost impossible to put the book down. Get ready for some eye-opening findings as Laura expertly dots all her I’s and crosses all her T’s and puts the bow on this perplexing crime drama and be prepared for a sleepless night because once you begin reading this soon to be bestseller you won’t want to stop until The End.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    Read an excerpt on my blog. First off, a disclaimer: I read the bulk of this book while recovering from an injury where I was on a pain killer and muscle relaxer. It didn't make me loopy but it did mess with my focus. I had a hard time focusing on anything. It took me three times as long to read this book as it normally would. I've no doubt all of that affected my thoughts and feelings. I will need to read it again, when I'm not in pain or on painkillers. Okay, the story. :) The lead female, Mirand Read an excerpt on my blog. First off, a disclaimer: I read the bulk of this book while recovering from an injury where I was on a pain killer and muscle relaxer. It didn't make me loopy but it did mess with my focus. I had a hard time focusing on anything. It took me three times as long to read this book as it normally would. I've no doubt all of that affected my thoughts and feelings. I will need to read it again, when I'm not in pain or on painkillers. Okay, the story. :) The lead female, Miranda, is the sister to the lead female Bailey, in the first book in this series but you do not need to have read that one. This is a stand alone and not really connected to the first book. Miranda is taking time off from CSI work after a disastrous case, and allowing herself time on her hobby of nature photography. She is intense, dedicated, and a workaholic. So is Joel, the male lead. When a dual murder occurs at the start of tourist season, Joel and the rest of the police department feel the pressure to get it solved, quickly. Miranda gets involved because A) she found the bodies, and B) she's a former CSI who is conveniently available to fill their conveniently open CSI position. They work together with the rest of the police department, looking for clues and motives. The mystery was intriguing and I felt stupid for not figuring out who the villain was. I was stumped. It made sense though and there were clues sprinkled throughout. The motivation too was intriguing and gave me something to think about when my brain clears. One thing I liked was that rather than waiting until late in the book to get the romance started, Griffin brings them together earlier on. The books of hers I've read, though marketed as romantic suspense, tend to be heavy on the mystery and light on the romance. In "Flight", the romance was better developed and more central to the story, though the emphasis is still on the mystery. I did feel the HEA was too fast, an HFN seemed more appropriate, but I had no trouble believing they would be together. I found the book easy to put down, but that may have been my lack of focus and not the story. While I enjoyed it, it wasn't compelling enough to break through my brain fog. Take that as you will. I will be back for book three. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    First of all, this is book #2 in the Texas Murder Files series, but it can most definitely be read as a standalone. This is the story of forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads who is determined to leave her former career and just take pictures of wildlife. Thus, she ends up in Lost Beach. Unfortunately, she discovers two dead bodies on her nature adventures and thus meets Detective Joel Breda. This tale of a serial killer was both compelling and intriguing since there were a lot of twists and red First of all, this is book #2 in the Texas Murder Files series, but it can most definitely be read as a standalone. This is the story of forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads who is determined to leave her former career and just take pictures of wildlife. Thus, she ends up in Lost Beach. Unfortunately, she discovers two dead bodies on her nature adventures and thus meets Detective Joel Breda. This tale of a serial killer was both compelling and intriguing since there were a lot of twists and red herrings leading up to the revelation of the killer. I really enjoyed the fact that I could not figure out the bad guy until Joel and Miranda did! This was a fun read, exciting at times, breath-holding tense at others and just an all-around good book for mystery and suspense fans. I liked getting to know Miranda and Joel, both of whom were individuals with pasts that hurt them but who were survivors made stronger by what they had been through. The descriptions of the scenery that Miranda is taking photos of made me want to be right there with her, on the beach and in the marsh. There were also some steamy sex scenes for those who enjoy those in their romance books. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series since I know that Laura Griffin never disappoints and always delivers a book that is well-written, fast-paced and engrossing entertainment. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    4.5 Review posted on Got Fiction? Book Blog This is my first Laura Griffin book, and it will definitely not be my last. I really enjoyed how she set the story. It was descriptive without getting bogged down, and intriguing without trying too hard. She balances romance with a suspenseful plot. Miranda Rhoads is out at dawn trying to get a shot of some wild birds in the wetlands. She’s got a job as a nature photographer and she’s trying to get photographs for a calendar assignment she has lined up. B 4.5 Review posted on Got Fiction? Book Blog This is my first Laura Griffin book, and it will definitely not be my last. I really enjoyed how she set the story. It was descriptive without getting bogged down, and intriguing without trying too hard. She balances romance with a suspenseful plot. Miranda Rhoads is out at dawn trying to get a shot of some wild birds in the wetlands. She’s got a job as a nature photographer and she’s trying to get photographs for a calendar assignment she has lined up. But as she’s getting closer to the birds, she finds something else. Two bodies. Detective Joel Breda doesn’t know what to think of his witness, but when he finds out she took pictures of the bodies, that bumps her to the top of his suspect list. His town is fairly peaceful, no murders, sometimes petty theft, with the only real excitement being a recent environmental protest. So the stranger taking photographs of dead bodies is instantly suspicious. But Miranda is a CSI on hiatus. She’s in Lost Beach, TX to photograph birds, not bodies. But she can’t get the image of the entwined bodies out of her head. Something is nagging her about their deaths. This case begins to get dangerous as she looks into it, though. She’s offered the job as Lost Beach’s CSI since they need one and she’s very qualified. She says no at first, but between Joel asking her, and the case not letting go of her, Miranda takes the job. As the small town police department works day and night, they find another body and start to wonder if they have a serial killer on their shores. Miranda is thinking outside the box though and starts in on their first solid leads…and it leads to their worst fear. A serial killer. When Miranda is targeted, Joel does everything he can to keep her safe. Moving her into his house seems like a smart idea, and he’s going to try to keep his hands off her, but she might put her hands on him. I enjoyed the two of them and how they fell for each other. They both felt real and organic. The mystery didn’t overshadow the romance; it was well-balanced. I loved this author’s voice and style, and I bought the first book in the series already. I’m very excited to read more by her. ***Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Keisha Frantom

    I really enjoyed HIdden, the first book in the series. This is similar in that it is a mystery and a romance. When Miranda, a photographer discovers a murdered couple in a boat, she gets involved with the local police and detective Joel and they investigate the crime. I was about a third through the book when I realized Miranda 's sister was the main character in Hidden. I wish I knew this earlier and would have understood how this was related to the first book. I enjoyed the mystery but felt th I really enjoyed HIdden, the first book in the series. This is similar in that it is a mystery and a romance. When Miranda, a photographer discovers a murdered couple in a boat, she gets involved with the local police and detective Joel and they investigate the crime. I was about a third through the book when I realized Miranda 's sister was the main character in Hidden. I wish I knew this earlier and would have understood how this was related to the first book. I enjoyed the mystery but felt the ending was rushed and some murders were left unsolved. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This is the second book in this series, but there's no crossover to book 1, other than that they are both in Texas. Feel free to dive right in! Miranda Rhoads moved to the small town of Lost Beach to get away from her problems. She left her job as a crime scene tech and got a temporary job photographing wildlife for an upcoming calendar. She's living in a rental house on the beach, and she's loving every moment of it, even those pre-dawn kayak trips to capture photos of birds with perfect light. This is the second book in this series, but there's no crossover to book 1, other than that they are both in Texas. Feel free to dive right in! Miranda Rhoads moved to the small town of Lost Beach to get away from her problems. She left her job as a crime scene tech and got a temporary job photographing wildlife for an upcoming calendar. She's living in a rental house on the beach, and she's loving every moment of it, even those pre-dawn kayak trips to capture photos of birds with perfect light. But, during one of those early morning jaunts, she finds a murdered couple in a sinking canoe, and she wonders if she'll ever really be able to leave her old life behind. Joel Breda is a local detective, who was born and raised in Lost Beach. When he catches the unusual murder case, he's curious after meeting the woman who discovered the bodies. She seems relatively unfazed, which makes sense once he finds out about her former job. But, when the photographs she took at the scene are better than any he's ever seen, and her hunch about an unusual piece of evidence pans out, he wants to hire her to help out their small department for the summer. But first, he has to convince her to take the job. Joel and Miranda had fantastic chemistry from the start, and I loved watching them dance around it, especially once they were working together. Even when Miranda was trying to convince herself that their working together meant they couldn't get involved, Joel was always there tempting her. They had a great connection, and fun banter. There were a bunch of very interesting side characters in the story, and I wouldn't mind learning more about them in future books. But, since this book held completely different characters, and a different location, from book 1, I'm not optimistic that we'll be getting those stories, which makes me a little sad. There were a lot of threads with Joel's trainee Nicole, his detective brother, Owen, another detective Emmet, and Emmet's Fire/Rescue team brother, Calvin, among others, that felt a bit unfinished to me. Especially assuming that we'll never get to see them again. I really would've liked some of those stories to feel more closed, if this is all we'll get of them. Looking back at my review for book 1, it appears I had similar hopes for side characters' stories in that one, so I guess I need to remember and prepare better for it in the next one. But, a few short stories or novellas with side characters' stories would be amazing!! The suspense plot here was more fascinating to me than book 1's in some ways, but maybe had a less urgent feel? I was very interested in the case, but I didn't have that pounding, dangerous feeling the whole time, so it was a different vibe while reading than book 1. But I enjoyed each discovery they made toward the killer, and I didn't completely guess who it was until everything started happening toward the end, so that was awesome! Joel and Miranda were so great, and I really loved this story. I like the author's writing style a lot, so I'll definitely be back for more! I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my personal opinion, voluntarily given. Reviewed by Megan from Romanced by the Book

  15. 4 out of 5

    TrishJ

    Flight is the second book in the Texas Murder Files series by Laura Griffin. This book brings together Miranda Rhodes, who is the sister of the main character in the first book in this series, and Joel Breda, a police detective in a small seaside town. Miranda is a forensic photographer on hiatus after a burn-out involving her last case. She has rented a beach house and is taking nature photographs for an upcoming calendar and teaching a class trying to assess what her next move will be. On one Flight is the second book in the Texas Murder Files series by Laura Griffin. This book brings together Miranda Rhodes, who is the sister of the main character in the first book in this series, and Joel Breda, a police detective in a small seaside town. Miranda is a forensic photographer on hiatus after a burn-out involving her last case. She has rented a beach house and is taking nature photographs for an upcoming calendar and teaching a class trying to assess what her next move will be. On one of her very early morning photo shoots she discovers two dead bodies in a canoe. Her first instinct is to photograph the scene before returning to call the police. Detective Joel Breda is just returning from attending the wedding of his ex-girlfriend and his best friend when the call comes in. He is impressed with Miranda and her ability to photograph and process the evidence. He wants her to come work with the police department. Miranda’s initial response is no, but Joel keeps asking and Miranda finally agrees to help. In addition to working together, they are extremely attracted to each other. Miranda wants to keep it strictly professional, Joel is okay with exploring their connection. Once again Ms. Griffin starts her book with a bang. When Miranda finds the bodies in the canoe and a feather left behind, she thinks the crime scene looks staged. Miranda seeks out an extinct bird expert to determine what kind of feather has been left. This leads them to discover a possible serial killer and the hunt is on. They were many red herrings and lots of twists and turns to the final outcome. I loved the mystery and suspense in this book. Ms. Griffin knows how to write suspense that actually makes the hairs on your neck tickle. Once I started this book, I could not put it down. The mystery and suspense was exciting. I did not guess the killer until Miranda and Joel did. The romance was perfect too. Miranda and Joel were perfectly matched for each other and they respected each other’s abilities. The secondary characters added to the story and were essential to the story. Ms. Griffin is definitely on my auto-buy list, and I eagerly look forward to each new book. I have read all Ms. Griffin’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. She writes fantastic characters, unbelievable suspense and creates a world I can become immersed in. I highly recommend this new book. I received an advanced copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. This review is my personal opinion, voluntarily given.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Flight by Laura Griffin is the 2nd book in her Texas Murder Files series. I am a huge fan of Laura Griffin, as she is one of the best at murder suspenseful mysteries, police procedurals and a bit of romance. We meet our heroine, Miranda Rhoads, a former CSI forensic photographer, who left her job (she was burned out) and moves to Lost Beach, a peaceful seaside town, in hopes of moving on. Miranda now does wildlife photography, content to not be involved in her ex-world of CSI; until she is takin Flight by Laura Griffin is the 2nd book in her Texas Murder Files series. I am a huge fan of Laura Griffin, as she is one of the best at murder suspenseful mysteries, police procedurals and a bit of romance. We meet our heroine, Miranda Rhoads, a former CSI forensic photographer, who left her job (she was burned out) and moves to Lost Beach, a peaceful seaside town, in hopes of moving on. Miranda now does wildlife photography, content to not be involved in her ex-world of CSI; until she is taking pictures of the sunset and a unique bird. Miranda comes across a canoe, and two dead bodies, and now that she is a witness, Miranda will meet the detectives in the towns police force. Joel Breda, our hero, is the detective in charge of the murder, and when he learns that Miranda was a former CSI, he wants her to help them investigate the murder. Especially since she takes amazing photos of the crime scene, and finds many clues to help the team; which will turn into the possibility of a serial killer. Though Miranda wanted to escape the life she led before, she finds herself unable to step away, and continues to help Joel and his team. As more similar older cases begin to show up, the case becomes more complex. In a short time, both Miranda and Joel find themselves very much attracted to each other; the chemistry between them was great and I loved them together. Joel, was a strong hero, and a great detective; and together with Miranda they managed to find clues that changes the game. Joel becomes concerned that Miranda is putting herself in danger, as the murderer maybe too close. The whole Lost Beach Police force was very good, especially Nicole, who was also a very good young detective. What follows is an exciting, intriguing, suspenseful thriller that kept me on the edge throughout, especially as we raced to the climax. Griffin gave us a great couple, wonderful secondary characters and an excellent suspenseful story. The last half of the book was extremely tense, I could not put the book down. I do not want to give spoilers, so you need to read this book to discover what happens. Flight was another excellent mystery in this series, which to no surprise, was very well written by Laura Griffin. If you enjoy murder mysteries, police procedurals, lots of intense action, suspense, with a touch of romance, you should read this book. If you have never read Laura Griffin, it’s time to start now, as she is an amazing writer for romance suspense. Barb The Reading Cafe

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    4.5 STARS Miranda Rhoads left her career as a well renown forensic photographer looking for a new start in the Texas coastal town of Lost Beach. Taking beautiful nature shots of birds for a wildlife calendar is soul cleansing after leaving a job she loved but in which she experienced dual heartbreak, both personal and professional. While out on an early morning assignment hoping to capture a moment of ephemeral beauty, Miranda comes across a young couple who are seemingly sleeping in a canoe in t 4.5 STARS Miranda Rhoads left her career as a well renown forensic photographer looking for a new start in the Texas coastal town of Lost Beach. Taking beautiful nature shots of birds for a wildlife calendar is soul cleansing after leaving a job she loved but in which she experienced dual heartbreak, both personal and professional. While out on an early morning assignment hoping to capture a moment of ephemeral beauty, Miranda comes across a young couple who are seemingly sleeping in a canoe in the rushes. They are not merely asleep but are rather very dead. Using her CSI skills, Miranda takes photographic evidence knowing how crucial it will be to the local police since they are on the water. Detective Joel Breda is the top on his force working in the small island town police department that is low on resources, but high on skilled men and women. He is determined to track down the culprit especially when things continue to take a deadly turn. Joel feels an immediate connection with Miranda while realizing she could be an invaluable help to the investigation. Miranda at first resists both the job offers and Joel’s other attractions. This detective is a patient pursuer, an ability that goes with the territory of a skilled investigator. After Amanda reluctantly agrees, Joel knows he wants more from her than just professional help. As Miranda and Joel work together tracking down unusual evidence and possibly related cases, it becomes clear that the hunters might also become the hunted. Someone deadly and determined may be hiding on the island possibly connected with an eco-protest group that has some questionable practices. Joel and his people are under pressure to solve this crime before the big tourist season starts on which the Lost Beach community greatly depends on for their economy. While the main story features Joel and Miranda, there is a third POV from a detective in training, Nicole Lawson, who plays an important role in the tale as well. I enjoyed this well-crafted romantic suspense story and not just because I am a Texan who is familiar the actual area where it is set. The pacing along with the action, adventure, and romance will keep readers eagerly turning the pages the see how it all plays out. This book is the second in The Texas Murder Files series that features Miranda’s sister; however, it can be read as a standalone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    5 Stars. My rating guide: 1= dnf/What was that?; 2= Nope, not for me; 3= Yes, I mostly enjoyed it; 4= I liked it a lot; 5= A favorite, IT WAS GREAT!! I have read nearly every Laura Griffin novel. She’s one of my favorite Contemporary Suspense/Police Investigation authors (I love her Tracer and Wolfe Security series). I very much enjoyed and recommend FLIGHT to readers of mysteries, CSI/FBI/Forensic series, contemporary suspense. FLIGHT was suspenseful and had me turning the pages quickly. By a th 5 Stars. My rating guide: 1= dnf/What was that?; 2= Nope, not for me; 3= Yes, I mostly enjoyed it; 4= I liked it a lot; 5= A favorite, IT WAS GREAT!! I have read nearly every Laura Griffin novel. She’s one of my favorite Contemporary Suspense/Police Investigation authors (I love her Tracer and Wolfe Security series). I very much enjoyed and recommend FLIGHT to readers of mysteries, CSI/FBI/Forensic series, contemporary suspense. FLIGHT was suspenseful and had me turning the pages quickly. By a third through, I was thinking, “Watch out”, “be careful”, “lock your door”, “check your door and windows”, and “keep that pepper spray in your hand!” - as the suspense continually grew. I appreciated that Griffin didn’t have the MCs making TSTL decisions simply to increase the tension or move the story along. Rather, the MCs are intelligent, methodical, and creative thinkers, people I respected as I read. FLIGHT, #2 in the Texas Murder Files series can be read as a standalone title. FMC/Miranda Rhoads quits her job as a San Antonio police department forensic photographer following a particularly difficult case. She moves to Paradise island, a quiet coastal island south of Corpus Cristi. One morning while taking predawn shots of local marsh birds, Miranda discovers 2 dead bodies bobbing in a canoe. MMC/Lost Beach police Detective Joel Breda immediately takes over the investigation and after viewing the photos Miranda instinctively shot upon finding the bodies, convinces her to work temporarily as Lost Beach’s only CSI photographer. Then Joel’s team discovers other cases, now gone cold, with connections to their couple killed in the canoe. Are the deaths connected and the work of the same killer? If so, what is the motive, and is the killer now staying in Lost Beach? READER CAUTIONS - VIOLENCE - This is a police murder investigation/mystery but not graphic in nature or description. PROFANITY - Yes. Occasional strong language is used (<20). SEXUAL SITUATIONS - Yes. The 2 MCs develop an intimate relationship but the scenes could fairly easily be skipped by those who prefer.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Flight is the second book in the Texas Murder Files series and it can be read as a standalone. After Miranda Rhoads quits her job as a CSI, she takes on a new project as a wildlife photographer. But one early morning, during a photography session, Miranda discovers the bodies of a couple in a canoe. The bodies look like they were staged in an embrace. Detective Joel Breda is the lead investigator on the case and when he finds out I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Flight is the second book in the Texas Murder Files series and it can be read as a standalone. After Miranda Rhoads quits her job as a CSI, she takes on a new project as a wildlife photographer. But one early morning, during a photography session, Miranda discovers the bodies of a couple in a canoe. The bodies look like they were staged in an embrace. Detective Joel Breda is the lead investigator on the case and when he finds out that Miranda used to be a CSI, he offers her a job as CSI to assist the understaffed police department. Flight was a fairly fast-paced romantic suspense, with a solid cast of characters. I enjoyed Miranda and Joel as individual characters and as a couple. Miranda is very reserved and stiff and she has difficulty lowering her walls and opening up emotionally. She worries a lot and overanalyzes everything. Basically, she's me 😂 I related to Miranda so much! Joel is very patient and understanding and he is always there for her. Miranda's guard constantly goes up around Joel, but he is very good at gently coaxing her to open up to him. I always enjoy couples where the heroine has a lot of walls and the hero is patient, understanding, and supportive. It is one of my absolute favourite dynamics in romance novels and I'm so happy I got this with Miranda and Joel 🥰 The timeline of this book is very tight. Miranda and Joel have an instant connection, but they've only known each other for a short period of time. Their romance still worked for me though. The mystery surrounding the case is unique and interesting, but the culprit's identity is easy to predict. What I like about Laura Griffin's books is that she tends to explore very niche careers and I always end up learning new things that I had never heard of before. So I appreciate that a lot. We also get to know several supporting characters, most notably detective-in-training Nicole Lawson, whom I suspect will get her own book later in the series. I am hoping she ends up with Emmet 👀

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I am loving this series! Flight is deliciously creepy--from the first scene where Miranda comes across the posed corpses in the canoe to the climax, when we all figure out who the antagonist(s) are, I was on the edge of my seat (and maybe sort of yelling at Miranda to GET OUT OF THERE NOW during that latter scene) needing to find out what would happen next. But it is also deliciously sexy--I loved, loved, loved Joel and Miranda together, both as two people working together to solve the mystery be I am loving this series! Flight is deliciously creepy--from the first scene where Miranda comes across the posed corpses in the canoe to the climax, when we all figure out who the antagonist(s) are, I was on the edge of my seat (and maybe sort of yelling at Miranda to GET OUT OF THERE NOW during that latter scene) needing to find out what would happen next. But it is also deliciously sexy--I loved, loved, loved Joel and Miranda together, both as two people working together to solve the mystery before anyone else is killed and as two people becoming closer personally. Two people who *may* have occasion to take showers together and get caught making out in a car on a public beach during the course of the book. ;) The book is fast paced, with POVs alternating between Joel, Miranda, and Nicole, the detective in training who is also instrumental in solving the case. There is a decent balance between solving the murders and developing Joel and Miranda's relationship; even though the book takes place in a fairly short time frame their romance doesn't feel unrealistic or rushed--Ms Griffin is especially good at this; that's why she's one of my main go-tos for romantic suspense. <3 Flight is the second book in the Texas Murder Files series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Bailey of book one ( Hidden ) is Miranda's sister, but she only plays a very minor role here and you don't need to have read her story at all to enjoy this one. (But you should WANT to read it, because it is also excellent ;)) Patiently waiting for book 3! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for FLIGHT on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ M/F Mystery Miranda is taking some time for herself. After a case went wrong, she knows that she needs to decompress, take a break, and maybe change her career. While taking early morning photos on the water, she comes across a crime scene. It seems that her past won't let go. She's destined to be a forensic photographer. Being a witness is one thing, but when the local PD realize who she Check out our full post for FLIGHT on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ M/F Mystery Miranda is taking some time for herself. After a case went wrong, she knows that she needs to decompress, take a break, and maybe change her career. While taking early morning photos on the water, she comes across a crime scene. It seems that her past won't let go. She's destined to be a forensic photographer. Being a witness is one thing, but when the local PD realize who she is, they ask if she would like a paying job. Joel Breda is at a loss. With the bodies piling up, he isn't quite sure what's going on or what's connected. When he meets the witness for the most recent murders, he's instantly taken. Not only with her poise, but with her keen eye and her ability to see what others might miss. Because his department is so small, he'll take all the help he can get and he wants her... maybe for more than her CSI ability. With the number of potential suspects growing, Miranda and Joel will have to figure out who is behind these murders and fast, before Miranda becomes another body. This kept me on my toes and I really enjoyed the mystery. I can't wait to see if more books are coming, but these characters were well developed and had great chemistry. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim Worley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have a hard time putting down Laura Griffin’s books. I feel like she gives you enough information to explain everything and keep you interested but she does not give you more than you want. Laura Griffin is my one of my favorite authors and I recommend reading all of her books you will not be disappointed. Her books allow you to feel like you are a part of the story and are just as surprised Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have a hard time putting down Laura Griffin’s books. I feel like she gives you enough information to explain everything and keep you interested but she does not give you more than you want. Laura Griffin is my one of my favorite authors and I recommend reading all of her books you will not be disappointed. Her books allow you to feel like you are a part of the story and are just as surprised as Miranda and Joel to find out who the criminals are. Miranda Rhoads was burnt out with her job and needed a break, so she moved to the coast in hopes of getting rest and recharging to get her life back on track. Well, she then stumbles on a murder of 2 young people that she knows the scene is staged. She falls back on her training and takes pictures of the crime scene. Then comes Joel a Detective with the Lost Beach Police Department to work the case. They both feel an instant connection and are weary of it and each other. The story goes into detail about the life and issues they both have that make them leery of any type of relationship. As Joel and Miranda work together and start to realize that whoever is committing the murders have set their sites on Miranda because she is getting to close to figuring out the case. They are shocked as they find out who committed the murders and then Joel has to do everything, he can to save Miranda.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Flight Laura Griffin RITA award winner Laura Griffin delivers another five-star read on this second installment of the Texas Murder Files. I read Hidden last fall and really enjoyed the fast-paced romantic suspense and that edge of your seat type thriller. Griffin I believe writes the best mix of suspense and romance. She has quickly become a favorite of mine since reading Hidden. Her books are very readable, has that surprising twists I just love in a murder mystery and of course that touch of r Flight Laura Griffin RITA award winner Laura Griffin delivers another five-star read on this second installment of the Texas Murder Files. I read Hidden last fall and really enjoyed the fast-paced romantic suspense and that edge of your seat type thriller. Griffin I believe writes the best mix of suspense and romance. She has quickly become a favorite of mine since reading Hidden. Her books are very readable, has that surprising twists I just love in a murder mystery and of course that touch of romance set in her hometown, Texas. In this second book, we follow forensic photographer turned wildlife photographer Miranda Rhoades who discovers a pair of bodies entwined in an embrace. Moving to the seaside town of Lost Beach, Miranda thought she could start a new life and put the crime scenes behind. Little did she know that her expertise would be put to great use especially working with Detective Joel Breda. The whole process of how the culprits unravel is the true joy of reading this novel. The police procedural was on point and really takes us through the whole investigation of this crime thriller. I really enjoyed this book and the series so far. The writing is so immersive, and Laura Griffin just knows how to set the stage for her stories and truly immersing the readers into the beautiful Texan backdrop of her stories. The characters are also quite compelling to read with amazing back stories that make this book a riveting read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dolly Sickles

    Laura Griffin continues her Texas Murder Files with FLIGHT, and it’s every bit as exciting as HIDDEN. When wildlife photographer Miranda Rhoads comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, it’s clear something isn’t right. All photographers are observant by nature, but Miranda’s a former CSI forensic photographer, and she sees more. Turns out the couple is part of a string of murders from a serial killer. It’s awful knowledge, but helpful for Detective Joel Breda, who asks Miranda to help with the Laura Griffin continues her Texas Murder Files with FLIGHT, and it’s every bit as exciting as HIDDEN. When wildlife photographer Miranda Rhoads comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, it’s clear something isn’t right. All photographers are observant by nature, but Miranda’s a former CSI forensic photographer, and she sees more. Turns out the couple is part of a string of murders from a serial killer. It’s awful knowledge, but helpful for Detective Joel Breda, who asks Miranda to help with the investigation. Griffin sets the scene in the beginning by delving into Miranda’s thought process for capturing the perfect light. It’s a lovely vision, with “sunlight-saturated air” and a great blue heron meandering through the reeds. She lulls the reader into a state of lassitude before bam! — she wallops you upside the head with a paddle of reality. I’m a journalist, but I’ve never been endangered; my son, on the other hand, is a photojournalist and I worry about him coming across something like this one day. That’s how real Griffin makes her stories. The romance between Joel and Miranda is believable and, well, romantic. The stakes are high; the action fast paced. And even though the killer isn’t a well-kept secret, it’s still stressful. Actually, it’s more stressful figuring it out early because you know. You KNOW. Cross your fingers for more books from the Files. *Originally published at Frolic: https://frolic.media/march-romantic-s...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

    Miranda Rhoads arrives at Lost Beach burnt out from her job in CSI and thinks that turning her sights toward nature photography will be her salvation. Unfortunately, she stumbles upon a boat with a dead, obviously posed, couple in it and her CSI life is rejuvenated, even if she isn’t. Laura Griffin again delivers a solid read in Flight, the second in the Texas Murder Files series. The first involved her sister, Bailey in Hidden (you can see my review here.) Amusingly enough, I started my review o Miranda Rhoads arrives at Lost Beach burnt out from her job in CSI and thinks that turning her sights toward nature photography will be her salvation. Unfortunately, she stumbles upon a boat with a dead, obviously posed, couple in it and her CSI life is rejuvenated, even if she isn’t. Laura Griffin again delivers a solid read in Flight, the second in the Texas Murder Files series. The first involved her sister, Bailey in Hidden (you can see my review here.) Amusingly enough, I started my review of Hidden by suggesting you shouldn’t get attached to whomever was at the beginning of a Laura Griffin novel because Laura was going to kill them off, but lo and behold, she fooled me this time because Miranda is the first person we meet on this ride. Everything about Flight worked so well. I loved the beach setting with Miranda photographing birds for a calendar she was contracted for. I loved her dog Benji and the relationship she had with him and how Laura mentioned a dog sitter because, seriously, we dog people think about those things! The mystery suspense really works–well, it’s a Laura Griffin novel so you expect it to. While I had an inkling as to the direction of the killer, I did not guess until it seemed that Miranda did. The romance I felt meh about although Joel and Miranda were a likable couple. Despite the fact that this is a series, Flight works 100% as a standalone. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dione

    Flight by Laura Griffin is the second book of the Texas Murder Files series. Set on a small island in Texas called Lost Beach, a nature photographer is taking photos in the early morning hours when she stumbles upon an abandoned canoe holding a obviously dead couple. The photographer happens to be Miranda Moore, a former CSI forensic photographer staying on the island. She quickly realizes that this couple is not the only murder victims of this serial killer. Miranda Moore cannot believe her luck Flight by Laura Griffin is the second book of the Texas Murder Files series. Set on a small island in Texas called Lost Beach, a nature photographer is taking photos in the early morning hours when she stumbles upon an abandoned canoe holding a obviously dead couple. The photographer happens to be Miranda Moore, a former CSI forensic photographer staying on the island. She quickly realizes that this couple is not the only murder victims of this serial killer. Miranda Moore cannot believe her luck. She is trying to escape her CSI career due a severe case of burnout, but she gets pulled into a murder investigation. She can’t just leave evidence unphotographed, so she jumps right back into her training and helps out. But Miranda is spooked when she spots a footprint at her home that matches the killer’s print from the crime scene. Detective Joel Breda will do anything to find the killer on his island, even befriend a skittish Miranda. With Joel and Miranda teaming up they hope to solve the case without becoming the next victims. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery/thriller aspect of this book. I was pleasantly surprised that I could not guess the murderer until the end. I always like a little romance thrown in and Laura Griffin did a good job with that aspect. If you are in the mood for a good mystery, try Flight by Laura Griffin.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rayna

    Loved it! Laura Griffin is BACK! I've been a fan of Laura Griffin's books for a few years now (ever since her Tracers series), but I have to admit I wasn't impressed with her last few books before Flight. They all seemed "formulatic", like I've read them before. Reading Hidden (the first book in the Texas Murder Files series) was like a deja vu for me. I was positive I've already read a number of the scenes in Laura's previous books. Needless to say I didn't like Hidden very much. So from an auto Loved it! Laura Griffin is BACK! I've been a fan of Laura Griffin's books for a few years now (ever since her Tracers series), but I have to admit I wasn't impressed with her last few books before Flight. They all seemed "formulatic", like I've read them before. Reading Hidden (the first book in the Texas Murder Files series) was like a deja vu for me. I was positive I've already read a number of the scenes in Laura's previous books. Needless to say I didn't like Hidden very much. So from an automatic buy, Laura's books turned into "well depends on the price, and if it's worth spending the money at the moment..." buy. I'm SOOOOOO glad I decided to buy Flight after all! I actually LOVED the book! It had all I'm looking for in a Romantic suspence. The balance between romance and suspence was great! Unlike many other books in the genre, where it's just suspence with a sex scene trown in there to appeal to a wider audience, or just romance with a small to non-existing suspence angle. In this book the suspence was relatively fast paced, new developments and clues were discovered every few pages so you'd never feel bored. The romance was also amazing, it was gradually developed, and you could literally feel the love growing between the H and h on both sides! It was an all over great book, and I was sad when it ended.But I'm feeling hopeful for Laura's next books, and she's back on my Auto-buy list!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosario (http://rosario.blogspot.com/)

    I was intrigued by the suspense part of this book. The setup was good, and I was interested in finding out what had happened. And the way the investigation was run was reasonable and quite professional, which is always a plus. However, the resolution was not one that made much sense to me. It didn't make sense psychologically, and it also left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. But this is not suspense, it's romantic suspense. And the romance portion was a complete dud. Whenever Miranda or Joel st I was intrigued by the suspense part of this book. The setup was good, and I was interested in finding out what had happened. And the way the investigation was run was reasonable and quite professional, which is always a plus. However, the resolution was not one that made much sense to me. It didn't make sense psychologically, and it also left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. But this is not suspense, it's romantic suspense. And the romance portion was a complete dud. Whenever Miranda or Joel started thinking lustful thoughts about each other in the middle of the investigation, I didn't think "oh, wow, their attraction is so powerful that they can't stop thinking about it". The chemistry just wasn't there, so instead it felt inappropriate. My reaction was more along the lines of "oh, come on, stop getting distracted and concentrate on the case!". I did not care about the romantic relationship and in no way did I feel they had arrived at a HEA point at the end of the book. And I didn't care for Miranda and Joel as characters, either. They felt very shallowly drawn and not very real. Actually, all the characters were, except for Nicole, the trainee detective in Joel's team. She was interesting and I felt she came alive, unlike all the others. The basics of Griffin's books appeal to me so much that this is actually the 4th book of hers that I've read. All of them have been C reads for me. So I think this will be the last.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    Flight (The Texas Murder Files #2) by Laura Griffin 4 stars M/F Mystery I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Miranda is taking some time for herself. After a case went wrong, she knows that she needs to decompress, take a break and maybe change her career. While taking early morning photos on the water, she comes across a crime scene. It seems that her past won't let go. She's destined to be a forensic photographer. Being a witness is one thing, but when the local PD realize w Flight (The Texas Murder Files #2) by Laura Griffin 4 stars M/F Mystery I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Miranda is taking some time for herself. After a case went wrong, she knows that she needs to decompress, take a break and maybe change her career. While taking early morning photos on the water, she comes across a crime scene. It seems that her past won't let go. She's destined to be a forensic photographer. Being a witness is one thing, but when the local PD realize who she is, they ask if she would like a paying job. Joel Breda is at a loss. With the bodies piling up, he isn't quite sure what's going on or what's connected. When he meets the witness for the most recent murders, he's instantly taken. Not only with her poise, but with her keen eye and her ability to see what others might miss. Because his department is so small, he'll take all of the help he can get and he wants her...maybe for more than her CSI ability. With the number of potential suspects growing, Miranda and Joel will have to figure out who is behind these murders and fast before Miranda becomes another body. This kept me on my toes and I really enjoyed the mystery. I can't wait to see if more books are coming, but these characters were well developed and had great chemistry.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    Flight by Laura Griffin showed up yesterday by 3 and I had the book finished before bed. It was one of those books, that you really didn’t want to put down until you knew what had happened. We start out meeting Miranda Rhoads out in the reeds at the crack of dawn trying to get a perfect photograph of a bird. While she was out there, she found more than the birds, but a couple who were murdered. Luckily she knew to take certain pictures from her life as a forensic photographer. Detective Joel Bre Flight by Laura Griffin showed up yesterday by 3 and I had the book finished before bed. It was one of those books, that you really didn’t want to put down until you knew what had happened. We start out meeting Miranda Rhoads out in the reeds at the crack of dawn trying to get a perfect photograph of a bird. While she was out there, she found more than the birds, but a couple who were murdered. Luckily she knew to take certain pictures from her life as a forensic photographer. Detective Joel Breda just got back from a wedding and jumped right back into his job. He’s the lead detective in Lost Beach. Once he sees the pictures Miranda took, he knows she has to work for them. Just in time, for the couple who were murdered were not the first, nor the last. Flight by Laura Griffin is the second book in the Texas Murder Files. The main characters, Joel and Miranda worked together to solve this case, even as the case widens and becomes more dangerous. Of course there are all sorts of twists and turns, they will keep you guessing. I enjoyed the dynamics between Joel and Miranda and liked how their romance built as the mystery built. Flight by Laura Griffins was a good read.

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