Friday, November 27, 2009

The Hidden Branch - Book Review


Do you want a fun read with lots of intrigue that has sleuthing by two wonderful main characters who would rival Agatha Christie's Poirot? Well I've found it in G.G. Vandagriff's book The Hidden Branch.

Here's the backliner of the book:
The genealogical sleathing skills of Alexandra Campbell and her business associate, Brighamina Poulson, are put to spine-tingling use when the murder of Armenian-American billionaire inventore Paul Mardian takes them to Huntington Beach, California--Surf City, USA--in search of the dead man's heirs. Briggie, however, is immediately smitten with ideas of wet suits and boogie boards.

Alex believes the killer is a relative of the victim, but her pursuit of the turth nearly costs another life--her own.
So many suspects, so little time. Could it be the real estate tycoon with the tropy wife? The pompous attorney who spends every cent he makes on high living? The professor of Middle Eastern studies with a penchant for Armenian antiquities? Or even the darkly handsome surf shop owner, who has more than a passing interest in Alex?

While her fiance struggles with a crisis of faith, Alex searches for answers, putting her life on the line yet again to discover the missing link that will solve this captivating mystery.

This book is just plain fun! Not only does the mystery of the novel twist and turn, but so does your heart as you follow the characters and worry over them. My heart sank when Charles, Alex's fiance, has to leave to go to his dying mother. Though I hadn't read the previous book in the series, which showed the struggle of these two lovebirds getting together, that didn't stop me from rooting for them to maintain their love. (I'm going to have to read the other books in the series now. Thanks, G.G.) You'll have to read The Hidden Branch to find out if Charles comes back, and if Alex's love for him will survive as she works with Briggie to solve this murder mystery.

Grab a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa, and curl up on the couch for this delightful tale.

(Deseret Book is the publisher of this novel and sent me a free copy to review.)

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