Sandpiper Affair by Janis Lane
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (141 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe
Besides falling into mutual admiration and maybe even into love, Wildlife photographer, Abby Neycomb and wealthy, Adam Rawlings, agree on one thing. Environmental work is both exciting and important. While capturing shots of mating/nesting birds in middle Florida, Abby is surprised to find herself with urges toward nesting herself. She is stunned when she finds the body of a local town councilman and is apprehensive when the sheriff asks for her assistance in finding the killer. She is even more surprised at the warm support of the local townspeople and the friendships they offer. Could Abby give up her life as a roving photographer to settle down as the mate of native son? Is her love strong enough to carry her through to a fairy tale ending, or will she end up like the tiny sandpipers running along the shore, evermore flirting with but never diving directly into the waves.
So, she was sneaking into a protected beach area; she wanted to get pictures of the rare Sandhill Cranes in their nest with their young ones. What was so bad about that? The park ranger that has found her is about to tell her…
I really enjoyed how the author began each chapter with a brief paragraph about one of the types of bird that might be found in the Florida marsh areas. I am always identifying birds I see, so this gave me an insight into the types to be found in Florida.
Ms. Lane’s words flow smoothly and the romance between her two main characters, Abby and Adam, is slow and sweet. Abby is an independent professional photographer who isn’t sure she wants to settle down, get married and be a wife. Adam is a park ranger returned home after a failed marriage who has made his grandfather’s house his home. He’s happy to be back in Florida and has no desire to leave. However, he might be willing to get married again.
When Abby sneaks out in the restricted area for more pictures and finds a buried body, she soon becomes another target for the murderer. The author emphasizes her characters' personal strengths as they deal with this danger. They don’t flinch; they try to figure out who the killer is. Abby and Adam stick together and it makes it harder to ignore their attraction to each other.
The story moves fast, with the author adds some nice bird knowledge to it, and the romance keeps advancing as you zip along waiting to see who would have murdered a councilmember (I sure wanted to a few times in my last job!). Why not grab a copy of this and have a nice beach read?