MEN IN UNIFORM SERIES

"Bruce’s grasp of partnering two genres into one well-paced novel is well known and is as sharp as ever in A Bodyguard to Remember."
Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews

First in the Men in Uniform series


Prudence Hartley has the same problems of every other single mom: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, don’t forget about dinner.

But everything is about to change for Pru when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous. When a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody, Pru has so many questions running through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are they after her now? Oh and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?

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A BOOK TO REMEMBER!
 
A Bodyguard to Remember starts with a bang. Dead body on the floor…and a protagonist who is very much alive with humour and warmth.

From the beginning, I was hooked on Pru. Her sense of humour and good moral compass are a delight.But dead bodies bring the police, and there is a mystery to be solved. Who killed the stranger? And why leave the body in Pru’s living room? Not only is she a suspect, but her own life could be at stake. I won’t give away the plot, but what happens next is classic romantic suspense.

Let me state how refreshing it is to have a heroine who is into her thirties and who actually has children. Bruce handles this deftly; the children provide believable motivation for a lot of Pru’s actions. We admire her even more because of how she manages to deal with the angst of protecting her children instead of just herself.

A Bodyguard to Remember is the best type of romance book; lots happens, more than just love is at stake, and you don’t know who Pru will end up with until the very end. This is a fun read, and Alison Bruce is a talented storyteller. My kind of book.

Review by Melodie Campbell
Five stars.


CANADIAN MYSTERY REVIEWS. 
A BODY GUARD TO REMEMBER. (Book 1, Men in Uniform)
By: Alison Bruce.
Lachesis Publishing.  2015  $4.99

Nothing like a great opening line to set the hook: “It started with a dead body on my living room floor.” And from there A Body Guard to Remember is a catch worth reading with a lively mix of colourful characters, murder, indeed on a living room floor, cops, protectors in various good looking postures, a plot with a neat climax twist and budding romance…right here in Canada’s capital.

Bruce’s grasp of partnering two genres into one well-paced novel is well known and is as sharp as never in A Body Guard to Remember. Action, quick and forceful, action, gentle and affirming, add a plot worthy of a seasoned crime writer and a supporting cast with struggles and dreams galore makes for a, I’ll just read a bit more,” and you’ll find as I did, you can’t put it down.

If A Body Guard to Remember is book one, Men in Uniform, I can’t wait to read book 2.
       
Review by Don Graves.  Canadian Mystery Reviews.



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