Review of Midnight Dunes by Laura Griffin

Some authors make writing suspense novels look so easy. Laura Griffin is one of them.

Midnight Dunes
(The Texas Murder Files)
Laura Griffin
May 24, 2022

Blurb: After a scandal derails her television reporting career, Macey Burns comes looking for a change of pace in Lost Beach, Texas. She’s ready to focus on her first passion—documentary filmmaking—and has a new job working for the island’s tourism board, shooting footage of the idyllic beachside community. Her plans for a relaxing rebound are dashed when she realizes the cottage she’s renting belonged to the woman whose body was just found in the sand dunes.
Detective Owen Breda is under intense pressure to solve this murder. Violent crimes are rising in his small town, and he can’t stand to see anyone else hurt…especially not the beautiful documentarian who keeps showing up at the precinct.
With the clock ticking, cameras rolling, and body count climbing, Macey and Owen must use all their resources to find the killer without getting caught in the crosshairs.

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Midnight Dunes is another well-paced romantic suspense from Laura Griffin that results in a quick, enjoyable read with a red herring tossed in to keep the reader guessing.

Macey Burns is changing careers after a dazzling mistake in judgment gets her fired from reporting news. Now she’s doing what she’s always wanted to do, create film. She’s thrown all of her assets into making a production company and the pressure is on as she goes to Lost Beach, Texas to begin filming tourism spots for the small town. On her first morning, a body is discovered in the dunes not far from her rental, a rental which she discovers was used by the missing–now dead–woman.

Macey and Detective Owen Breda meet after she tries to stealthily investigate why there’s so much activity on the nearby dunes. Sparks fly and the rest is history.

Laura Griffin always writes a satisfying mystery. This one seemed sorted out until she threw in a wrench.

The only gripe I have seems to be one I frequently have about romances in thrillers or suspense, but this time it’s a little different. The couple aren’t in danger when they decide to do the deed, but her face is banged up from an assault. Having had a fat lip coinciding with a banged up nose, I personally couldn’t have imagined having relations (like all of the euphemisms?) like that. It’s like huge ouch squared. I guess that’s why this is fiction. 😉

Regardless of that, Midnight Dunes is another excellent addition to the Texas Murder Files series. I look forward to more!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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