Reviews for The Sweet Smell of Death
BEACON REVIEW FOR THE SWEET SMELL OF DEATH
by Sylvia Rochester
home because of a death in the family, her own fathers. A few days
later there is another death, this time a friend from high school. Now
she doesn't believe that it is a coincidence, but murder. Determined
to track down her father's killer she teams up with Trent Harrington,
a writer who has befriended her father. Or so she thinks. Unknowing to
her, Trent is actually a federal agent trying to uncover a drug
smuggling ring in Laney's hometown. She begins to fall for him despite
her better judgment and is devastated when she finds out who he really
is. He's been there for her through the whole investigation of her
father's death, can she forgive him about this one little lie and give
him a chance to explain himself? Can she ever forgive him and
get to know the "real" Trent Harrington, federal agent?
Rochester's The Sweet Smell of Death is a page turner. She keeps the
reader guessing who done it and every time that you think you've
figured it out, she adds another twist. If you enjoy a good mystery
this is the book for you. She makes her characters come to life within
the pages of her books and you fall in love with them just like you
would if they were real people.
Reviewed by: Kathryn.
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SWEET SMELL OF DEATH will carry you right into the bayou
country with vivid mental pictures of crunchy autumn leaves, brilliant
sunsets, and the spooky fog drifting in smoky curls within the twisty,
Louisianan waterways. I felt like I was there, experiencing the
dangers with the hero and heroine. This is a well-plotted, fast paced
who-done-it. I highly recommend it.
her father has been shot to death in the bayou,
Laney Gravelle, flies home to the small town of Creeve’,
Southern Louisiana, not only to settle her late father’s affairs,
but also with an unswervable determination to find his killer. Once
there, she discovers the town is no longer the sweet simple backwoods
area where she had once gone to school. Things have changed
drastically since she had left for California.
as a writer, DEA Special Agent Trent Harington, is under oath not to divulge his true identity
to anyone, particularly not Marlon Gravelle’s daughter. Laney
replaces her dad as Trent’s local guide, knowing the bayous and
waterways as well as her late father. However, Trent knows he
mustn’t allow Laney’s sparkling green eyes, and determination to
do things her own way, to distract him from finishing his mission to
identify the drug lord behind the air-lifted drug-drops taking place
in the swamps. Somehow, he has to protect her without her suspecting
just how much danger stalks her.
JoEllen Conger author of The
Queen of Candelore, Rite of Passage, Return of the Goddess, and
Cinderella and the Stripper. www.CongerBooks.com
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A plane flies low overhead. In the
darkness, an old man crouches in a small aluminum boat, whispering
into his cell phone. This is the last call Marlon Gravelle will ever
make. His body is found floating in the shallow waters of Bayou Creeve.
DEA agent, Trent Harrington loses not only his informant and friend,
but his guide, jeopardizing his chances to bring down a drug smuggling
operation. Marlon's only daughter and artist, Laney Gravelle, arrives
from California . Trent can use Laney's help but can’t reveal his
suspect. Lives change forever. Laney becomes a target. Ms. Rochester
weaves this work with extraordinary skill. She takes you on a ride
through the Louisiana bayous, meeting characters and seeing places you
won't soon forget on a quest to save Laney's life. Will Laney forgive
Trent when she discovers the truth about him? Or will she blame him
for her father's death?
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Smell of Death is a must read. I look forward to Sylvia
Rochester's next Novel. Jacqueline
McGuyer, author of Blood Secrets and The Java Pump.