What’s the best thing to do when waiting for a loved one to have an operation? Get yourself lost in a good read. That’s exactly what Zanna Mackenzie’s ‘And The Earth Moved’ provided me. Joining hapless, yet feisty, Amber, and the hunky CCIA agent with a soft centre, Charlie, on a murder mystery trail was a far more absorbing place to be than the hospital waiting room. The story follows Amber, part-time barmaid and horoscope writer for the local rag, as she becomes embroiled in the search for the suspected murderer of her celebrity ex-boyfriend’s brother. You simply know she’s also going to get her emotions embroiled with Charlie from the get-go and yet the romance element is perfectly paced, delivering the perfect dollop of satisfaction. No spoilers, but I liked that the author left the reader suspecting there might be one or two future ups and downs in the relationship, which will take it nicely into the next in the series. What I particularly liked was that Charlie was believable as a CCIA (Celebrity Criminal Investigation Agency) agent. His attitude, competent, crisp, yet caring and protective, was just right. His methodology was believable. Obviously some research has gone into the detail. I also liked the setting. You could almost smell the beer being pulled in the traditional pub and the diesel and dust of the quarry. The attitude of the men working the quarry, the dumper bearing down on Amber and Charlie after a less than friendly reception … Well, if you want to escape in a book, And The Earth Moved is a good choice.
And The Earth Moved
Amber Reed CCIA Mystery Book One ~ “Romantic comedy meets celebrity murder mystery”
When celebrities need a crime solving quickly and discreetly they call in the specialists, the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency, otherwise known as the CCIA…
One desperate phone call is all it takes to turn Amber’s day from boring to completely crazy.
The call? Her old university boyfriend Ennis, now a heartthrob actor, begs for Amber’s help.
His brother Joel is dead and Ennis has to discover the truth about his death before the world’s media hear about it and batter his door down demanding answers.
The CCIA has already assigned its top agent, Charlie Huxton, to the case. Amber’s mission? Ennis doesn’t trust a stranger to keep quiet so he pleads with Amber to shadow and help Charlie throughout the investigation. Ennis was her first love and she still has a soft spot for him – how can she refuse?
Scarily out of her depth Amber knows she needs to somehow get Charlie on side with her involvement in the case – and fast.
Plunged into the world of crime Amber’s battling something darker and far more dangerous than she’d imagined – and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and Charlie.
Will Charlie agree to work with her to find out how and why Joel died? Can she help uncover the truth before word gets out and an already distraught Ennis is hounded by story-hungry journalists?
Just as importantly, can she keep her sanity and still be alive when the mystery is finally solved?
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Lots of love,