I first became aware of this writer and her Leah Ryan mysteries in a dual interview, alternating back and forth on Jeff and Tracy’s blogs. They are available HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. The first part has a nice book trailer that spells Leah Ryan out nicely. It was fascinating reading the back and forth between the two. Long familiar with Mariotte’s work, it introduced me to a new writer I find extremely refreshing. She writes well and her character of Leah Ryan looks very promising.
Leah Ryan is a reformed car thief working construction these days to pay past due lawyer fees for her brother Jesse. The two of them are all the family they have and he’s in prison for computer hacking, due to get out in a few weeks. She runs into trouble when her jeep gets repossessed, which gets her fired from her job because she can’t get there.
Desperate, she asks the man who repossessed her jeep, Callahan Parker, for a job(which took balls, speaking in a metaphoric manner). Hesitant, he agrees and she finds her car thief skills, though maybe a bit rusty, come in handy. She also makes a terrible enemy on her first day on the job, Brent Woodard, when they repossess his car. The man swears revenge, just as Leah vows to stop him when they learn he also smuggles young oriental women into the country for a life of prostitution.
That posture, as she begins to pick at the man, puts her life, and everyone around her, in jeopardy. Jesse disappears the day after getting out of prison
Leah calls on Callahan and some friends from her juvenile detention days for help.
Leah Ryan is an appealing heroine, she and her devoted mastiff, Buddie. Skilled in self-defense skills, and working the weights regularly, she also knows guns and knives. This is a nice set-up for the series(two more are available now). I have them all and will get to them soon.
One final word. Both the author, Tracy Sharp at Blithering Fool, and the publisher, Justin James at Dare Empire eMedia Productions are good people. I bought this book from Amazon and couldn’t get it to load into my Kindle app. The Kindle people couldn’t get it to work either, so I asked for a refund, explaining to Tracy sharp on her blog that I’d had problems, sorry. It wasn’t long before she sent me an email apologizing and had copies of two of the Ryan books attached. A day later I got an email from Justin James of a similar note. I certainly appreciated that and bought the third book(no problems loading that one) immediately. They have some interesting stuff over ther andit looks like I’ll be picking up more ebboks from them.