Deadly Deceit by Lisa Diaz
New Concepts Publishing
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 1-58608-995-1
Reviewed by Hunter



Melanie Harris has worked damned hard to make it to where she is. Despite the fact that her father owned the business, she wasn’t handed everything, as people had always thought. And now that she’s built the business into something bigger, especially with the Bernstein deal coming up, she’s not about to let anything get in the way of that. Including the recently-released, murderous husband of her dead cousin. But when the board votes to let Mark Richards return, Melanie has to project a professional attitude, suck it up, and work with him. And now that there’s a problem with the Grand Hotel, they’re going to be working much closer than Melanie ever dreamed.

Mark Richards has just spent six months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He never could have murdered Shauna, not in a million years. Now that he’s free, he vows he’ll do whatever it takes to find the person responsible for the crime. Once he gets back to work and finds the real culprit, everything will be okay. Even with the controlling interest in Harris Development, he knows he’s going to have a hard time convincing his late wife’s cousin to accept him. But working with her has led him to discover much more than he wanted to uncover, both personally and professionally.

I enjoyed Deadly Deceit. The storyline was intricately and carefully woven, but there were a few things that irked me. The editing staff at NCP missed more than a few things, pulling me out of the story many times, i.e. “escaladed” instead of “escalated.” It was tiresome to read so many mistakes in one story, and they were all easy catches. Another thing I found irksome was the excessive name dropping. Who really asks someone in they want a La Croix instead of just offering them a water? The countless references to Oscar de la Renta perfume and Gucci purses was over the top. A good description of the characters would have left the readers knowing of their expensive tastes much better than the name-dropping. Besides those two things, I really did enjoy the story. I think with some tweaking and re-editing, this would be a much better read without all the diversions.


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