Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

Deeanne Gist has done it again! Her collaboration with J. Mark Bertrand produced an excellent read. It is definitely worth the money.

In her first works, there were one or two stumbles with sentence structures, but this has proven that Gist is an excellent author and has lengthened her stride into a real professional.

We have a young girl, Rylee Monroe, who's the sole support for her Noni (grandmother), who is involved with a Robin Hood bandit only by association. The bandit seems to rob only her clients or past clients... She's a dog walker and cat feeder, so I guess it would be the clients' owners that are robbed.

Rylee meets the local newspaper reporter and together they try to unmask the cat burgler who only steals sentimental things and leaves more valuable items behind, then gives these items to non-profits with a note instructing them to sell the item and use the proceeds.

Along with the protag, Rylee and the co-protag, Logan the newspaper man, we have an Adonis who is a corporate lawyer and a womanizer, a creepy criminal who has supposedly gone straight, a gardener with a shady past, a newspaper boss who seems a bit unreasonable and cranky, and a bunch of rich people who allow Rylee to breeze in and out of their homes and the love of their pets. It all mixes very well. Add a dash of menace and a pinch of tension-filled darkness (Rylee must walk dogs at night, too), and this recipe bakes into a satisfying fare.

Deeanne Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, and theHouston Chronicle and she has a degree from Texas A&M. Dee is the author of five previous bestselling novels including A Bride in the Bargain and lives in Houston, Texas. Visit Deeanne's Web site
J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. For more information, visit 

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