Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Cover-Up by Michele Martinez

Cover-Up by Michele Martinez
Harper Suspense, 2007
Crime Fiction; 368 pgs

In the process of donating books to my coworkers this past spring, I turned one of them onto Michele Martinez's Melanie Vargas series. Melanie is a federal prosecutor, raising her young daughter alone. My coworker enjoyed the first two books I'd given her so much she went out and bought the third and fourth books in the series. She was kind enough to loan me the third book (and if she can find the fourth, she will pass that along to me as well).

Melanie is not a hard as nails type character nor is she sassy. Instead, she's your average hard working woman who strives to do her best for both her daughter and her career. Melanie has her hang ups, especially when it comes to men, and she is not always sure of herself. She is smart--most of the time. It's rare you come across a suspense novel where the heroine/hero doesn't throw himself/herself in the line of fire despite it not being the brightest idea, and this one is no different.

In Cover-Up, Melanie lands herself a career making case, investigating the murder of a well known investigative reporter. The victim had a lot of enemies and Melanie must wade through the politics and scandals to get to the truth.

Cover-Up was an enjoyable read. Fast paced and suspenseful--just what I've come to expect from Michele Martinez. It's one of those books that is good in the moment but not necessarily memorable.

You can learn more about Michele Martinez and her books on the author's website.

Source: I borrowed a copy of the book from a coworker.

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  1. This sounds like good escapist fiction. A little mystery to pass the time...I like those!

  2. I had not heard of this series, but I like the idea of a main character in a thriller having some personal conflicts when it comes to their relationships and self-image. It sounds like Melanie is a character I could relate to. Thanks for the great review on this one. I might have to check these out!

  3. I hadn't heard of this author or these books but I always enjoy a good mystery. Guess I'll have to pick up the first book and give it a try :)

  4. I love how your friend is now paying it forward back to you! This sounds like an author you can depend on to deliver a solid read!

  5. I love fast-paced a suspenseful so this one sounds good to me!

  6. I've never read these but sometimes I'm looking for a light read like this.I'll keep it in mind.

    Love your five favorite songs post! It's raining here this morning in Maine and I just sat on the couch listening to all of them. Thank you for a nice beginning to my day!

  7. Sounds like a great series, I like when the female lead is somewhat real, you know?


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