No Tears for Darcy (Belen’s Review)

Title: No Tears for Darcy
Author: Vicki Reese
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 3rd 2018
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Letting love pass them by would be a crime.

Former forensic accountant Cameron has lost nearly everyone he’s ever loved, and now his vintage clothing shop has been broken into and trashed. When town police chief Will Carson asks an out-of-town cop friend of his for help, Cam takes one look at the dark-haired, blue-eyed detective and knows he’s in real trouble—and it has nothing to do with vandalism or murder.

Pete Minchelli is on leave from his job in Philadelphia due to a gunshot wound, but he figures he can help an academy buddy with some light police work. Plus, he’ll have a chance to experience small-town life. He’s tired of the big city and all its corruption. But he quickly discovers that not all the bad stuff happens in cities. What he doesn’t expect to find is death, treachery—or love.

Cameron Winters has lost everyone he’s loved in a short period of time – his father, his mother, his boyfriend. He’s picking up the pieces and trying to adjust to life back home in the small town he grew up in while running his mother’s old vintage store, Charisma and Couture.

The story opens when Charisma and Couture is broken into and vandalized. Enter Philadelphia cop-on-leave, Pete Minchelli, who’s come to Maple Grove to heal from a bullet wound shot that shattered his leg above the ankle and had to be put back together with a plate and pins. Pete’s friend from his academy days, Will, is the chief of police in Maple Grove and old friend of Cameron’s who welcomes Pete’s input on the case.

When Pete starts digging into the mystery he discovers a lot more than a simple, if vicious, break-in is at play – including an identity theft ring and a string of murders. This little town has got some big city crime bearing down on them all.

The more time Pete spends with Cameron finds the two falling in love – despite someone repeatedly trying to dissuade Pete with some pretty hair-raising tactics. The question is can Pete protect Cameron while he’s falling for him? How is Cameron tied to everything? How can Cameron protect Pete, and is he worth opening his heart again? Will they figure out who’s behind the murders before someone else dies?

No Tears for Darcy is a mystery told from multiple third-person points of view including Cameron, Pete, and the killer. Some clues gave away the killer to me pretty early on, but I had to wait until the end to find out if I was right, and there were enough red herrings that I definitely doubted my pick a few times.

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Galley copy of No Tears for Darcy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.



  • I’m intruiged by the book, but not sure yet if I should read it. What made you give it three stars? Your review is more a bit of summary than an insight to the story, so I can’t make it out. Was it because the story was to obvious or did you not like the characters? 🙂

    • Honestly? I gave it 3 stars because I liked it (especially since it made me doubt who the killer turned out to be) and I liked the characters for the most part, but the pacing of the story held me back from loving it.


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