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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Review: The Elixir

Genre: romance, mystery

he dark parking garage with the dead body of his friend and mentor only begins Jake Walker’s problems. Soon, he is the prime suspect in Benjamin Monroe’s murder and worried that his best friend, Ben’s daughter, will believe the worst.

Celeste doesn’t know who killed her father but she does know one thing—it wasn’t Jake. As she and Jake set out to find the killer, they discover that her father unlocked the code to a fountain of youth formula. Anyone who wanted the formula could have killed him, and it was worth millions.

During their investigation, they uncover more facts and more bodies. Because they show up at every crime scene, the detectives investigating the case suspect Celeste and Jake of murder. The two go on the run until they can clear their names. But, there are more sinister forces at work than either realizes, and the deception runs as deep as the national government…

She flipped on a bright light overhead. Yellow rose petals spread over the entrance. Her eyes followed the petals as they wound into a trail toward the living room.

She unbuttoned her coat with a grin and slung it on the entry table, following the petals. Jake had left work before her. Now she knew why. Jack sat in the corner in a armchair. Warm candlelight lit the room. He must have put out a hundred candles. They filled every table and surface, casting soft shadows over his face.

"Now this is what I call a welcome."


The Elixir begins with an interesting premise. How far would a pharmaceutical company go to market an elixir that extended life span for many years? As the body counts keeps stacking up the answer is clear. They'd go pretty far. The creator's daughter Celeste is aided in her investigation of her father's murder by friend and coworker Jake. The two have a great friendship and aren't sure they want to chance it to romance. 

The action moves along nicely, and I liked the characters. I also thought it had a nice blend of mystery and romance with clues to keep you intrigued. This is the first Lori Soard book I've read, but I wouldn't mind reading another. 4 stars.

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