Title: Speak No Evil
Author: Allison Brennan
Genre: Romantic suspense
Length: 412 pages
Where Word Nerd's Copy Came From: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
Plot Basics: The body of a woman is found on a San Diego beach, wrapped in garbage bags, her mouth glued shut. Detective Carina Kincaid suspects the victim's evasive, older ex-boyfriend as the killer. When Sheriff Nick Thomas comes in to town to support his brother who's accused of murder, he begins to think the case has the markings of a potential serial killer. As killer strikes again, Carina and Nick try to outwit the killer and not let their growing feelings for each other get in the way of the investigation.
Banter Points: Allison Brennan is like reading candy for Word Nerd. It's not as delicious as a really good meal, but it tastes good while you're eating it. Her books aren't the highest quality literature, but there's something appealing about them from time to time. She's got broken characters (the sheriff with the knee trouble, the cop with family baggage) and a generally compelling plot.
Bummer Points: Word Nerd has to suspend a great deal of disbelief for these books. Not because of the prevalence of serial killers and cops with baggage, no, for the romance. Cuz... dashing sherff and sexy cop are going to go get all horizontal in the middle of a murder investigation.
Word Nerd Recommendation: It's like that bag of M&M's you want. Read it and don't feel bad about it every so often.