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Tour Stop with Review: At Close Range – Laura Griffin (2017, romantic suspense, Tracers 11)

Tour Stop with Review: At Close Range – Laura Griffin (2017, romantic suspense, Tracers 11)Author: Laura Griffin
Title: At Close Range
Series: Tracers #11
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 368
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense

New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.

When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.

As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.
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Also by this author: Beyond Limits, Shadow Fall, Deep Dark
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Welcome to our tour stop for AT CLOSE RANGE by Laura Griffin!

We’re happy to share with you Jennifer’s review of the book, an excerpt, and a giveaway for a $50 Amazon eGift card and an autographed copy of AT CLOSE RANGE!

Jennifer’s Review

Dani Harper is a detective for the San Marco PD. She becomes lead on a case that has very few leads. A professor and his mistress were shot in what seemed like a crime of passion. Scott, Dani’s brother’s best friend, who she has a crush on, is also on the case. He works for the Delphi Center as a firearms expert.

When Scott becomes a suspect, Dani has to balance her feelings for him with her need to solve the case. Soon, they realize that Dani has become a target. Someone keeps trying to kill her.

AT CLOSE RANGE is definitely a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s filled with action, danger, sexual tension, and emotional turbulence.

All of the characters were well-developed and interesting. They had sufficient backstory and quirks to their personalities to make them individuals.

I liked that the romance between Dani and Scott had to simmer before it exploded with passion. They didn’t end up in bed together until the 62% mark in the book.

The plot was sound as well. Everything fit together. I was very surprised at the motive for the murders. The plot took an unexpected turn, which made it fun to read.

If I have to find something wrong with the book, I would say that it is that sometimes the author expected the reader to accept things without explanation. For example, it never really made sense to me why the Delphi Center was brought in on the case before the victim was identified. Why were they called to participate in the investigation in the first place? Certainly they aren’t called out on every murder, are they?

That didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all. I really loved AT CLOSE RANGE. I give it an A (5 stars) for the fast pace, intense action and passion, and likable characters. If you like mysteries mixed with hot romance, you should read AT CLOSE RANGE. It can be read as a standalone if you haven’t read any other Tracers novels.

Quick Review

AT CLOSE RANGE is an excellent romantic suspense that kept me on the edge of me seat. It’s filled with mystery, blood-boiling passion, emotional turbulance, and thrilling action. I strongly recommend it!


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Excerpt from AT CLOSE RANGE

Dani watched him. Scott stood beside the car, his back to the victim as he skimmed his flashlight over the ground. The firearms expert was tall and broad-shouldered, with the super-ripped body of a former Navy SEAL. Instead of his usual tactical pants and combat boots, he wore jeans and a leather jacket tonight, so maybe he’d been out when he’d gotten the call. Dani knew from experience that his jacket had nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the Sig Sauer he carried concealed at his hip.

Something glinted in the grass, and Scott crouched down to tag it with a numbered marker. Two minutes on the scene and already he’d discovered a piece of evidence. He stood and squared his shoulders, and Dani felt a pang deep inside her as he approached.

He stopped and towered over her, and for a moment they just stared at each other.

“Was the passenger door closed when you got here?” he asked.

“That’s right.”

“Where’s the girl?”

“No sign of her.” She nodded at the woods. “One of our officers is searching near the lake with Travis.”

He watched her for a moment with those cool blue eyes. His gaze shifted to the woods. “You need a K-9 team.”

She bristled. “I know.”

He strode over to his truck and opened the toolbox again. He took out a metal detector, which would help him locate shell casings or bullets, and maybe even the second victim if she was wearing jewelry or a belt.

Then again, the killer might have taken her somewhere else. Dani glanced back at the road and got a queasy feeling in her stomach. Where was she? She turned her attention to the lake, visible just beyond the trees. It was a scenic spot, usually–a tranquil little oasis for couples. But not tonight.

She glanced at Scott again, and he was watching her closely–so closely it made her wonder what he was thinking.

“You coming?” he asked.

She nodded at the body. “I’ll stay with him until the ME shows.”

Scott walked off, and Dani let her gaze follow him until he disappeared into the woods.

The medical examiner’s van rolled up, followed closely by Ric, and Dani’s stomach tightened as she thought of everything she didn’t like about this case. And it wasn’t even an hour old yet.

Ric walked over, his expression grim as he took in the scene. “The media has it.”

“That didn’t take long.”

“It was all over the scanner,” he told her. “I give us ten minutes, tops, before they roll in here with their cameras. We need to barricade the road.”


She turned toward the sound of Scott’s deep voice calling her from the woods. He was a tall silhouette at the edge of the trees, and from his tone Dani knew it was bad.

“What is it?” she yelled back.

“I found her.”


Copyright 2017 by Laura Griffin

About Laura Griffin

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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