Welcome to my review of Dangerous Places by Elaine Raco Chase, the first in her Roman Cantrell-Nikki Holden Mystery Series. Another read in one sitting title, this is a title that even those who aren’t huge mystery fans (myself included) can enjoy! Please read on for my review and an excerpt from the title!
There is a reason why I’m addicted to the movies from the 1940’s: dialogue. No matter the actors, these were stories with plot and detail, low on sex, high on innuendo and dialog that is perfectly written, timed and delivered. I’ve said it before, and the same holds true, Elaine Raco Chase has mastered dialogue, with timing, humor, and the play of give and take so necessary to a conversation. In Dangerous Places, all of these pieces fall into place with a wonderful mystery, a cast of secondary characters that range from distasteful to delightful and two star players that show influence (noted by the author) of Dashiell Hammett. .
Nikki is a reporter, with a reporter’s determination to dig deep and follow a lead, without the moral confusion that would prevent her from using all advantages at her fingertips to get an edge, a lead or an intro to her target. Intelligent, determined, single-minded and with the ability to think fast on her feet to readjust when needed, she’s also loyal, kind hearted and running from her past. Not overtly, but her refusal to get ‘involved’ and her ‘fully furnished rental’ that lacked personal touches all show her refusal to live, or deal, with her past by running the other way. Her life has been a series of unfortunate events that also brought her some particularly loyal friends: her boss, his wife, her researcher and a former Mafia don now turning his hand to restaurateur and gourmet chef, complete with cookbook and you-tube videos.
Roman is ex-army, turning to private investigation / security after a stint as a mercenary, only returning to the US to find his younger brother. Now with a reputation for excellence and connections at every level of law enforcement and government, he’s been tasked to find a ‘runaway teen’ by her mother, a billionaire mogul who is as reclusive as Hughes with the personality of Helmsley. But, Nikki has the runaway Marcy in her company, patiently babysitting the slattern who is determined to shock at every moment as she lusts over (and with) the very married Basque Jai-Alia superstar with “the libido of a guppy”.
So the chase ensues, or I should say chases: Roman of Nikki, Nikki of the story, and the secondary characters all feeding information, some questions of misdirection and the occasional odd clues about just what is important to them, the story moves quickly from one moment to the next, never losing steam. Roman and Nikki are wonderful together – from early attraction that is bandied about like a game of hot potato, to their finally coming together to share stories and information, you can see the growth of the relationship and the balance that these two very alpha personalities come to find together. It won’t be easy, but Nikki and Roman have something special, and with a don willing to feed and guard an entire hospital ward, they’ll never be 100% alone. A wonderful read that will bring readers the feel of a 1940’s film, with plenty of laughs and a great mystery to solve.
Title: Dangerous Places
Author: Elaine Raco Chase
Series: A Roman Cantrell-Nikki Holden Mystery #1
Also in this series: Dark Corners
Published by: Damsel in Distress Publishing Co.
Published on: 4 December, 2015
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The Seven Deadly Sins have never been so Deadly.
Or so much fun!
Meet Nikki Holden - she may know 140 characters but social media is not her venue. She's an investigative reporter with more enemies than friends - and her friends are very shady.
She's on the trail of a stunning story at Pleasure Island. And she doesn't mind using her pick pocket talents or a well-aimed champagne cork or even a pair of 38's (boobs not guns) to get her story.
She's tenacious, sarcastic and an ex-con.
Meet Roman Cantrell - ex-army ranger who couldn't stop fighting, went off the grid doing Black Ops but came back to the US to start an international security firm.
He keeps popping into Nikki's life at the most inconvenient times.
And he knows too much about her past.
He also knows she's not capable of good behavior.
Is Roman looking for the person Nikki's ...kidnapped? Or is he looking for a more intimate connection.
One thing for sure - They're both heading into murderously Dangerous Places
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.