Desperate Measures (Book 3, Port Aster Secrets) by Sandra Orchard

Desperate Measures (Book 3 of Port Aster Secrets)Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard
Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Woman Sleuth / Christian Edition: Paperback, 368 pages
ISBN: 0800722248
Source: Revell Reads Blog Tour Program


Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth–even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)


Squinting against the bright grow lights, Kate Adams slipped into her fruit cellar in the back corner of her basement and shut the door. She couldn’t risk anyone discovering her little greenhouse. Enough people had already died. ~ Sandra Orchard, Desperate Measures

Are you a fan of being pulled into a book from the start? Do you enjoy reading mystery and suspense? Like a little romance and some quirky characters tossed in? Then you will enjoy
reading Sandra Orchard’s newest installment in the Port Aster Secrets series, Desperate Measures. I have not read Books 1 and 2 of the series, and I found Desperate Measures easily stands alone in this trilogy.

From the start, I was drawn to Orchard’s heroine, Kate Adams. Orchard paints an image of Kate as a solid, committed researcher who has suffered her share of losses. Her friend and research assistant, Patti Goodman, is a loyal employee but has a love interest who at times seems questionable. Add to the mix the romantic interest written in for Kate Adams, Detective Tom Adams, and you have a well-developed list of characters in Desperate Measure.

Yet, Orchard cleverly uses some interesting and rather quirky characters to keep the reader guessing. Each of these characters leaves you wondering what the outcome will be, and they push you forward by raising questions about the resolution of the mystery surrounding the plant Kate is attempting to protect.

Orchard uses just enough dialogue to keep the plot moving smoothly, and her ability to set up a scene with intrigue and questionable circumstances is extraordinary. I found it difficult to put Desperate Measures down, and my house will affirm that I left my cleaning in order to read!

Recommendation, red

I admire an author who can craft a series of books and still write them as stand-alone novels. Orchard has done this, and her writing flows so well and beautifully I will be found going back to read Books 1 and 2 of the Port Aster Secrets series. I encourage you to take a look at Desperate Measures or any of Orchard’s works. Bottom line on Desperate Measures, highly enjoyable.

Miscellaneous:  Learn more about and connect with Sandra Orchard via her website and on Facebook

FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Desperate Measures from the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are solely mine.

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