Ive read several of Deeanne Gists books and I must admit I was a little nervous about this one. Each book seemed to slide downward on my enjoyment scale. A Bride Most Begrudging stole my heart, but Courting Trouble made me angry. One thing to Beguiled advantage was that it had a co-author, J. Mark Bertrand. I am glad to report that Beguiled has put Gist back in my good graces again and put Bertrand on my list of writers to watch. The first thing that hooked me in this book was the characters. In previous books, Gists characters were always well rounded, even though their actions seemed a bit inconsistent. Not in this story. Rylees girl-next-door wins you over before the end of the first chapter, but she has just enough spunk to make her stand out from other sweet characters. Logan is a mans man, but with a tender side and a very amusing phobia. Second, Gist and Bertrand manage to create a good solid mystery. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of who the bad guy is by the end. But this time, I must say I was a little surprised when the villain was finally revealed, and not in a bad way. I also loved the villains motivation for what he was doing. It was the perfect balance of credibility and wickedness needed for a bad guy. The only issue I had with the book was the setting, and I admit, Im being a little nitpicky because Im a writer. The authors never said where Charleston was (theres one in West Virginia and South Carolina), although I got the feeling it was in SC. Whether Charleston, SC or not, Gist and Bertrand nailed the feel of old southern money.Great book. I would be willing to read another book from the Gist/Bertrand team.
This was the best mystery I have read for sometime. I never did figure out "who done it" till I read the book to the end. It was a slow read. I wanted to read every word, it was so well written. I loved the dog-walker theme and character. I'm looking forward to reading more mysteries in this series by these two authors,writing together. I give it a 5 star rating
I have never read any of Deeanne Gist's books before so I had nothing to compare to. I liked this book. Poor Rylee just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I had some else pegged as the "Robin Hood" bandit so it was a surprise to find out at the end who really did it. I would recommend this book.I received this book from Bethany House.
Riveting read. A great blend of suspense and romance. I really liked the way the mystery was built giving the reader pieces of the puzzle bit by bit. I was able to partially solve the mystery, but the ending was a real surprise. A fast-paced plot that kept me reading, but I was disappointed when it was over. I wanted more! Loved the epilogue!!!