I asked for When in Doubt by V.K. Powell as soon as I saw the author’s name. She is such an accomplished author; I always know I’m going to like her books. With her novels, I find some of my favorite genres: mystery, intrigue, police procedural, and romance. This story has them all.
This book is about two women who meet at a time when both need help and have little time for romance. Jeri Wylder is a police officer who finds herself in trouble when she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Simone Sullivan is the owner of a historical apartment building that is being targeted for demolition to make way for a high rise condominium complex. When the two meet, there is a definite connection, but can love overcome all that is happening to them both?
Both main characters are well-written and easy to connect with. I especially connected with Jeri. She had so much happening to her as well as dealing with possible PTSD symptoms. I didn’t always agree with her actions, but the author gave me the info I needed to understand why she acted the way she did. The mystery and intrigue of the tale is well done and had me guessing until near the end. The romance is heartwarming, and fit into the overall story.
The only real problem I had with this novel is that the first part of the book had moments that seemed a bit fragmented and interrupted the flow of the story. Luckily, this only seemed to happen occasionally during the first quarter of the book. After that, the flow and pace of the story was fine.
I really enjoyed When in Doubt. It’s a good read for all who love police procedurals with mystery and romance.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.