***WARNING - POSSIBLE SPOILERS***
I was excited when I started to read Deadly Aim. I was anxious to learn who was framing Angel Delaney and what lay at the root of her personal demons.
Sadly, this book went off track fairly quickly. I feel that had the author stuck with the mystery aspect and the familial issues, this work would have been much more cohesive.
As it was though, repeated and unnecessary references to cooking, extolling the virtues of health food, interior decorating, exactly what the characters were wearing, immature romantic musings, and religious ponderings drug down the core of the book, which in itself was really quite good.
In trying to include all of these things, vital points in the timeline of events got jumbled. I had to go reread a section where the author alluded to an event that had happened at least two days prior as having just happened the night before. I was sure I had lost the plot, but no, the event was incorrectly referenced. There were also other instances where things that the characters said or did were changed without explanation.
I also found the accounts of the forensic and ballistics measures taken by the authorities to be poorly portrayed. The autopsy results on two of the murders came back very quickly, but the results on the murder that affected Angel the most took much longer. When crucial evidence comes up missing, it is not made clear if that evidence included bullets that had been retrieved from the crime scene or if perhaps they were still present inside of the victim. Making this clear earlier on in the story would have gone a long way towards making the story more concise.
I do appreciate that the romance aspect did not become smarmy. I am not a huge fan of the romance genre and sexually explicit dialogue does not interest me in the least. I feel though that there was too much 'I like him/her, but I shouldn't' and 'I wonder what it would feel like to be in his arms' type of inner dialogue. Nothing kills my interest in a mystery/thriller quite as quickly as when romance is forced into a story.
I wish this book had been edited by a skilled editor. I feel that had the extraneous bits been weeded out and the story tightened up, it could have been a really good read. As it is though, I am not a fan nor will I be likely to seek out other works by this author.