Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: The Mysterious Doll by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Mysterious Doll, by Linda Weaver Clarke
2015, 162p, Clean Cozy Mystery
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.

Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

This is the fourth book in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Amelia and Rick are hired by Pauline Jones to find her missing boyfriend, Sam Whitaker. He has disappeared at the same time a valuable porcelain doll has gone missing from the museum where he works. Pauline is upset since she knows he's not a thief and it's not like him to just disappear without telling her where he's going. They start investigating and are led to Denver, Colorado. The more they learn about what's happening, the faster they realize they need to locate Sam because someone else is looking for him, too.

Their final destination wasn't as exotic as their other books have been, but it was still fun to travel with them. Their relationship is progressing more and more and Amelia is starting to realize how she truly feels about Rick. I love Rick's charm. He works it with Amelia and other females as needed to get information to move their case along. They work well together and, once again, sinister men appear and they need to figure out what it is they want.

This has been my favorite book so far. I love how the story weaves effortlessly between their relationship and their case. Amelia's getting more comfortable with Rick so his romantic side comes out more. There was more kissing and flirting between them in this book than there has been in other books (all clean) and I loved that, too! She's also willing to be more adventurous with him and they do some creative things as they continue to work on their Bucket Lists (in this book, they went ziplining). These books each stand on their own but if you want to watch Rick and Amelia's relationship progress, it's best to start with the first book and read them all! 

The next book in this series will be Her Lost Love and should be available within the next couple of months. Stories of long lost loves reuniting always intrigue me so I'm looking forward to it!

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She has traveled to seventeen states and given over 450 workshops. Clarke is the author of six historical sweet romances, four mystery adventure novels, a children's book, and a new cozy mystery series. She is also the author of an award-winning sweet romance, Melinda and the Wild West, for the "Reviewers Choice Award." All her books are family friendly.


Linda Weaver Clarke said...

An amazing interview! I absolutely love it. Thank you so much.

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