Deadly Devotion (Port Aster Secrets Book #1): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Research scientist Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies. Kate knows that if it hadn't been for Daisy's mentorship, she wouldn't have the job she loves or the faith she clings to. So when police rule Daisy's death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his ...
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Deadly Devotion (Port Aster Secrets Book #1): A Novel

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Overview

Research scientist Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies. Kate knows that if it hadn't been for Daisy's mentorship, she wouldn't have the job she loves or the faith she clings to. So when police rule Daisy's death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441241832
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Series: Port Aster Secrets, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 4,259
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra's books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at http://sandraorchard.com.
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion, winner of the 2014 The Word Award for suspense, and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra's books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at www.sandraorchard.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Too many plot spoilers giving away too many details of the story then bragging how they got their book for free for their 'honest review'. What a joke. Please stop giving away the entire storyling. You may have gotten your book for free for your laughable honest review, but the rest of us has to buy our book, and you destroy the book for us when you tell the entire book. Be considerate of others.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

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    Deadly Devotion By: Sandra Orchard This is the first book in th

    Deadly Devotion
    By: Sandra Orchard

    This is the first book in the Port Aster Secrets series and the first book I have read by Sandra Orchard. If you are looking for a great murder mystery, look no further. I loved this murder, suspense, romance, who-dun-it story! From the first, you are trying to solve the mystery of who killed Kate Adam’s friend Daisy Leacock. I had an idea of who it might be, but none of the clues really led you there.

    Kate goes to the police and talks with Tom Parker about reopening the case into her friend’s murder. He tells her it is a closed case; his supervisor tells him it is a closed case. Other people get upset because she is investigating the murder and getting too close to the truth. But who is worried she will figure it out? Edward, who isn’t who he says he is, Hank, Parker’s boss, Darryl, husband to Kate’s best friend? Somebody else? Or is it all a figment of Kate’s imagination and Daisy really killed herself and Kate just needs to accept it?

    Tom helps Kate investigate, but he is going against his boss’ orders. Can he keep Kate safe? I loved the Jaws’ theme (Tom’s boss says this: “I got a call from the mayor this morning. Seems Miss Adams complained about our handling of the Leacock case. With tourist season around the corner, the mayor doesn’t want rumors of unsolved murders tarnishing the town’s reputation.” At another point, Tom reflects that his prime suspects were switching up faster than ducks in a shooting gallery. That pretty much sums up the story! You’ll think you know who the killer is, but then you’ll rule them out! This is a great story by a wonderful author and I can’t wait to read more. If you love a great mystery, you will love this book!

    I received this copy free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    This book was not what I was expecting and not really my cup of

    This book was not what I was expecting and not really my cup of tea. I didn't realize it was a christian book, though my real issue with it has more to do with it being more cozy-style, which is a real turn-off for me. Always feels like a seven-year-old should be reading it instead of an adult. This just wasn't for me.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Kate¿s mentor and friend Daisy is found dead from what the coron

    Kate’s mentor and friend Daisy is found dead from what the coroner deems a suicide. The police agree and quickly close the investigation. The only problem is that Kate knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Daisy would never do that. Against the wishes of Detective Tom Parker, Kate sets out to prove that someone murdered Daisy.
    Along the way we are confronted with several viable suspects but each has something that just doesn’t quite clench the case. Kate continues to get deeper and deeper enmeshed in the investigation until her very life is at stake. Someone obviously doesn’t want her to figure it out.
    I wish that the characters had been better developed. In my opinion Tom and Kate came across as pretty wishy washy. I know that this is a series and the budding romance needs to develop but I just couldn’t get past the way one minute they were totally smitten and the next at complete odds.
    Over all I enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to reading book two in the series which is scheduled to release in June of 2014. The third and final book in the series is scheduled to release in June of 2015.
    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard is a book about the lengths on

    Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard is a book about the lengths one will go to in an effort to prove their friend did not commit suicide. Kate Adams is determined that her friend Daisy was murdered, but the police have labeled it accidental. She knows they're wrong and embarks on a search to prove it. In the process she needs help from Tom Parker, a former FBI agent who is trying to settle back into life in Port Aster. The book is filled with suspects, clue, and bits of romance. I had suspicious about who the killer was, but the reason surprised me. A very enjoyable romantic mystery.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Not worth the time to read

    I thought the main character was a total ditz and I struggled to finish the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Ok

    I really enjoyed reading a christian book. I liked the characters, and the book caught my interest at first, but something just wasn't right with Kate's character. I finished the book, but was disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Awful

    Oh my gosh, this book is awful. The writing is very juvenile and goes at a painfully slow pace. I always finish the books I start but this is an exception! Could not even get to page 50 before I had to walk away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

    The story was engaging, but I guess that I kept waiting for some

    The story was engaging, but I guess that I kept waiting for something to happen that didn't. I wanted to see more depth in the relationship between Tom and Kate. I didn't really feel like the romantic connection between them was real in any way. I really wanted Kate to slow down and realize that she was going a million miles/hr in every direction without fully realizing what was going on. I also really wished I could slap her friend for being a bit obnoxious. You cannot force people, even good friends, to open up about personal issues, not even with ice cream. I know she meant well.. but honestly!

    I did like that the murderer wasn't obvious and that I had to read the whole story to find out what happened. I wanted to know more about the research that Kate and Daisy were doing, as well as the Peter character that she never got around to contacting after he left that cryptic message. Perhaps that will come into play in the next book.

    I will probably read the next book, if only to see if anything resolves.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    Kate Adams is sure of one thing, her friend Daisy did not kill h

    Kate Adams is sure of one thing, her friend Daisy did not kill herself.  Thus begins a long, winding
     journey to find out who, in her mind, caused the death of her friend.  Detective Tom Parker, after
     reading the autopsy report and closing the case, is none too happy that Kate is out investigating a
    dead end case.  Kate has already identified a long list of suspects.    As Kate runs down the list of
    suspects and continues to find herself in more and more dangerous predicaments, Tom has to step
     in to save the day.  Is it her friend's long-lost nephew?  Is it the intern that disappeared at the same
     time of Daisy's death? Is it the Chief of Police and his drug-running father? Or is it someone that she
     hasn't even uncovered yet.  You'll find out yourself if you BUY THE BOOK!

    This is the first book that I've read by Sandra Orchard, but it won't be my last.  Her characters are light
    and funny, the dialogue and banter between Tom and Kate is humorous at times.  She writes her
     characters in a way that they are believable, like I can see them doing some of the things based on
    their personality.  As for the "whodunit" part of her story, I wasn't disappointed.  I have never seen so
     many Red Herrings in one novel.  Some may think that there are too many, but each one of them is
    a very plausible outcome to the book.

    Is this a "guy's book"?  This book is more of a suspense novel than it is one of action or adventure.  
    This may cause some guys not to read it, but I will say that if you do, you will be in for a wild ride.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2015

    Kept me guessing all the way through! This is the first book of

    Kept me guessing all the way through!

    This is the first book of Sandra Orchard’s that I've ever read. It was fantastic. She did a marvelous job of crafting a twisting and tangling suspense/mystery novel. She had so many suspects in this story and presented just enough about each of them that they were definitely believable as the murderer. I didn't know right up until the end who was the culprit.

    I loved both of the main characters, Kate Adams and Tom Parker. They were incredibly well developed and presented. The secondary characters were also well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships between the different characters. 

    I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

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  • Posted May 8, 2015

    This was my first read of Sandra Orchard's and I couldn't have p

    This was my first read of Sandra Orchard's and I couldn't have picked a better one.

    Deadly Devotion follows the story of Kate Adams, who is intent on proving her friend and mentor Daisy did not commit suicide. I enjoyed the story and Ms. Orchard had me constantly guessing on who the bad guy was. As this is the first book in the series, some parts of the story were left unresolved (i.e. the romance brewing between Kate and handsome detective, Tom Parker). I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    Port Aster sounds like the kind of town I would enjoy visiting ¿

    Port Aster sounds like the kind of town I would enjoy visiting – not a great deal going on but not so remote that one would fear being cut
    off from the rest of the world. But even in small, quiet towns, human tragedy still exists. Kate Adams’s dear friend, mentor, and boss has been murdered. Actually, the medical examiner ruled it a suicide but Kate is one who cannot accept that her friend took her own life. Tom Parker, the detective who was responsible for handling the case, reiterates to Kate that the case is closed; but she won’t let it go. The suspense mounts as events transpire that switch the emphasis from one character to another. It tends to remind me of Clue, a board game I played as a kid. Tom Parker’s oft-repeated statement that you can’t trust anyone starts to seem valid. The author keeps you guessing whether anyone can be trusted. One thing is clear: Kate really doesn’t care who she stirs up in her efforts to prove she is right about her friend. It is great to see how her faith keeps her going even when everyone else seems to be questioning her. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping suspense story. Because I rea

    I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping suspense story. Because I read the second book in the Port Aster Secrets series, Blind Trust, first, I was somewhat familiar with what was going to happen. That didn't diminish my enjoyment at all. The plot was engaging, exciting, and had me squirming to find out more! The ending leaves a few loose ends, a couple of which are resolved in book 2 if I remember correctly. Each book could be read stand alone, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Oh I love the characters. I love them even more since I really got to understand them. Kate Adams is a fiery and fearless red head that is still learning to navigate a life of faith. Tom Parker is a determined cop, who came back home to re-evaluate his view on life and reconnect with his childhood faith. There are sparks that fly whenever Kate and Tom are together, but neither will admit it. I can't wait to see what happens with them next!

    The message was expertly weaved in the story. Everyone, at one time or another, will come up against a side of God they aren't prepared for. We might not understand it, we will question it, but our choice to follow God and trust Him despite the circumstances will strengthen us in the end.

    Overall, this is an intriguing story with a deep message. I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    I have no real problem with the writing, the plot or the charact

    I have no real problem with the writing, the plot or the characters, but I HATE books that don't have a real ending or resolution to the story. Just a ploy that you have to buy the NEXT book. I feel like a sucker rather than a valued reader!

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    Deadly Devotion kept me guessing throughout the twist and turns

    Deadly Devotion kept me guessing throughout the twist and turns of the story and the last sentence of every chapter begged me to turn the next page. The engaging plot and snappy dialogue made this mystery a fast and entertaining read.

    Sandra Orchard's characters in Deadly Devotion all have likeable traits, but also the motives to benefit from a sweet old woman's death. Kate Adams, our protagonist, refuses to believe that her dear friend and mentor, Daisy Leacock, would have committed suicide, but that's what the cops are quick to claim before closing the case. Kate's loyalty to Daisy is endearing, as well is her naivete in investigating the case on her own. She stops at nothing, endangering her own life, to get answers, all the while looking very much like a suspect herself.

    Tom Parker, the cop on Kate's side, most of the time, is torn between having feelings for her and questioning if she might have wanted Daisy dead. Kate could be seeking credit for the research she and Daisy were doing on herbal remedies as a treatment for depression -- but then why would she dig up the case?

    While Kate and her memories of Daisy shed an upbeat light on the story, their work combating depression, is also fitting for the story. Tom Parker and his father, a retired cop who helps in their investigation, are mourning the death of Tom's mother and not doing well. Will Kate help them to find meaning in life again? Beneath this classic suspense novel is a story about devotion, faith and love.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    Terrific Book Deadly Devotion is a terrific mystery novel. From

    Terrific Book
    Deadly Devotion is a terrific mystery novel. From the beginning to the end, this book captured my attention with mystery, romance and humor. There were some surprises in the novel and the author was great at showing this was also a Christian novel. I love the characters with their unique personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Deadly Devotion and highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to Sandra Orchard's next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Horrible book

    I would give this book 0 stars but I'm not allowed to.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    I enjoy Christian mysteries and this was not a bad book. I even

    I enjoy Christian mysteries and this was not a bad book. I even give it a good rating but I must say Kate was a foolish girl.  No one could take her seriously with all the accusations from one person to the other. Any intelligent Detective would have ignored her or charged her with obstruction even if he did find her attractve. I would try the second book but if there isn'tmore depth or intelligence in this town I will move on.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    So many great detours! I am a huge tea drinker, but Sandra Orcha

    So many great detours!
    I am a huge tea drinker, but Sandra Orchard’s latest suspense series, the Port Aster Secrets, now has me questioning every ingredient that fills my teabags. The titles of the teas on my canisters all sound delightful, but after reading the first book in Sandra’s series, Deadly Devotion, I have to question what exactly goes into my African Autumn Surprise teabags…eeeek!




    Deadly Devotion is the first book in a three-book mystery series in which a romance arcs the series, along with an underlying suspense plot. The heroine of the series, Kate Adams, is a research scientist who knows her herbs. She knows which ones are deadly and which ones could go undetected in an autopsy. But knowing this doesn’t mean she’s safe from their poison–especially when she starts sniffing more than tea leaves. She’s putting her nose where it doesn’t belong, and her amateur sleuthing is going to get her into trouble. Will the handsome FBI agent-turned cop, Tom Parker, be able to help her out? All I will say is they make a great team, and I am looking forward to Book Two, Blind Trust, releasing in January.

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