Ciao, amici. When friend and fellow author Julie Holmes released her debut novel, I was honored to be one of her blog hosts. If you don’t remember that post or missed it, you can find it here.
I just finished reading it, and I’m happy to share my review today.
★★★★★ Great Debut Novel
I love romance and I love mystery. How could I not be happy with a book that delivers both?
In this debut novel by Julie Holmes, we meet Sierra Bauer, a talented airplane mechanic in a male-dominated world. This character is multi-faceted and complex. Not only is her career an unconventional choice, she has a dark and tragic backstory that makes the reader really feel for her. Then her past and present collide in the form of a murder mystery that jeopardizes her future.
Detective Quinn Moore is tasked with investigating the murder, and Sierra’s name keeps coming up at every turn. His gut tells him she didn’t do it, but can he trust his instincts when his heart seems to have an opinion of its own? He has his own sad backstory that tortures him, and that made him irresistible to me. Apparently to Sierra, too.
I’m not sure if I tore through the pages so fast because I wanted the answer to the mystery or because I wanted to see if they got together. I won’t reveal the answer to either, but I assure you the characters aren’t the only reason read this novel. The plot is an intricately-woven thrill, and the author did a fantastic job of making airplane maintenance understandable to this layperson—and how it fits into the mystery was exciting to watch unfold.
Kudos to the author for soaring sky-high in her debut work.
Sierra Bauer is nobody’s fool—a skilled and confident aircraft mechanic, a woman operating in a man’s world. But her world is about to be turned upside down, and her confidence challenged.
After her stalker was sent to prison, and she was cleared of wrongdoing by the FAA in her brother’s fatal plane crash, Sierra had finally reclaimed her life. But in the dead of winter at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, she makes a gruesome discovery—a woman’s frozen body hidden inside the maintenance bay of a Range Airlines plane Sierra was inspecting. Her life is pitched into a tailspin.
Enter Detective Quinn Moore of the Airport Police Department, who finds himself attracted to Sierra despite mounting evidence forcing him to consider her the prime suspect.
Sierra’s stalker may be back, and someone is trying to frame her for the murder. The woman Sierra blames for her brother’s death may hold the key to uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire aviation industry. She and Quinn must expose the truth before Sierra becomes the next casualty.