Title: No Tears for Darcy
Author: Vicki Reese
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 3rd 2018
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
We get an exciting start to the story as Cameron is introduced standing among shambles of his clothing shop, having left the supposedly more risky job of FBI agent in the big city behind. Pete is in similar straits, but while Cameron has organized his life in the small town where he grew up and is content with how his life turned out, Pete is still without direction and drifting. Helping an old academy buddy for a few days promises to occupy his mind while he recuperates from injury he got on the job. It helps that the owner of the shop where break in happened is easy on the eyes.
The writing is smooth and sets up both characters and mystery they are embroiled in flawlessly. There is no warming up period and I was sucked into the story from the get go.
The POV switches between Cameron, Pete and the villain. Each of them gives us different bits and pieces of information. It’s like dealing with a distorted mirror image. It’s there, but outlines are blurry. I was soon chasing my own tail as I tried to fit them all together and figure out what was going on. The villain is appropriately crazy and the plot brims with real and fake clues without ever giving away too much.
I wasn’t invested in romance part as much as in mystery one (and I was guessing identity of the villain up until the end) but it moves at unhurried and believable pace.