When Kelly Johnson's husband disappears her perfect world in the Foxrock suburb of Dublin falls apart. Then she stumbles on a dead body in the graveyard behind her house.A co-incidence? Garda Sergeant Mike West thinks so until he finds a link between the dead body and Kelly's missing husband.And then to add to the problem Kelly disappears.The investigation takes West firstWhen Kelly Johnson's husband disappears her perfect world in the Foxrock suburb of Dublin falls apart. Then she stumbles on a dead body in the graveyard behind her house.A co-incidence? Garda Sergeant Mike West thinks so until he finds a link between the dead body and Kelly's missing husband.And then to add to the problem Kelly disappears.The investigation takes West first to Cornwall and then to Cork on the trail of a tangled case involving identity theft, blackmail and illegal drugs. As if the complications of the case weren't enough there is the constant, irritating - and definitely unsuitable - attraction towards Kelly who will keep disappearing!...
|Title||:||That One May Smile|
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That One May Smile Reviews
Kelly Johnson's husband disappeared 3 months ago. She waits for his return ... eating, bathing, almost breathing is forgotten in her grief. On the one day she manages to leave the house. she discovers a dead man in the graveyard behind her home ... only this man has never been buried.Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate and finds a link from the dead man to Kelly's missing husband ... and then she goes missing.Mike West is intense and detail oriented. Kelly started out as someone I really didn't care for much ... but I didn't see the inner strength she somehow finds. And the greater strength she exhibits when she finds out who the man she married really is. West feels an attraction to Kelly, but being the solid profession he is, that is put on the back burner.Story line is solid .... running from Dublin to Cork to Cornwall and back again. And when identity theft is thrown into the mix, all those secondary characters become much more important.A very good story, well-written, no fluff. I'm looking forward to reading Book 2 in the series .... Close Ranks....My thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity who furnished the digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.4.5 Stars
“That One May Smile” begins with Kelly Johnson beginning another day, barely surviving after her husband vanished three months ago without any explanation. Her life has fallen apart, she fails to see that her beautiful home as turned into a midden, that personal hygiene is no longer of importance to and all she wants is her husband Simon home. Realising she is without her lifeline coffee, she quickly dashes out to the shops and on the way back home she discovers a dead body in the graveyard behind her home. Suitably shaken, she phones the Guards to report it who come out to investigate.Garda Sergeant Mike West is curious about the case, and as a detail driven character he is determined to find out every minor detail that he can to tie things up. He discovers a link between the dead body and the missing Simon Johnson and quickly realises there is far more to this case that initially thought. The case would be a whole lot less troublesome if Kelly Johnson stayed put, making discoveries of her own she heads off to search out answers to her own questions.From the very outset this was a very intriguing read, and I had many questions. What happened to Simon Johnson, who was the body in the graveyard, what did that clue on the body mean, what was the connection between it all?? Valerie Keogh spins a fantastic tale that twists and turns, keeping her readers guessing at what might happen next. The characters that have been created are interesting and challenging. I found that initially I struggled to connect with Kelly Johnson, but on reflection the situation that she was in was not an easy one and who knows how they would react in those circumstances. The development that she undertakes throughout the book is well thought out, when revelations are unearthed Kelly is shocked but processes them logically and finds an inner strength to keep going. Despite Kelly being the main character, I felt that I got to know Mike West better. The details given about the detective showed a wonderful insight into this character, his torturous past is detailed later on in the story and gives a great understanding of why he is a stickler for detail and directions. I really want to mention Detective Peter Andrews, one of West’s colleagues. Whether this character was intended to be funny I do not know, but the quick wit of this character alone makes this book worth reading!A very well written book with a gripping plot and well paced. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series “Close Ranks”.
All of my reviews can be found at: http://jacob-reviews-books.blogspot.c... That One May Smile is the first book in the Garda West Crime Novels by Valerie Keogh. I really enjoyed reading this book, Valerie has created a cast of intriguing characters and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the final page. This series is definitely one to watch.Kelly Johnson has lived the past three months in limbo. Her husband has disappeared and Kelly is still trying to piece together what happened to him. When she finally finds the courage to leave her home, she stumbles across a dead body in the graveyard at her local church. Shaken by the discovery Kelly now finds herself entangled in a new police investigation and there are plenty of people who don’t trust her side of the story. Is the discovery of the dead body somehow linked to the disappearance of her husband? Does she know more than she is letting on? I really liked the characters in this book. Kelly was engaging, especially as she searched for husband and fought to find answers about what had happened to him. She faces a lot of problems in this book and I was rooting for her the whole way. I enjoyed the scenes that featured her and Sergeant Mike West. I felt as though there was a hint that something could happen between them, especially as Mike appeared to be quite struck by Kelly.What I liked about this book is that it didn’t get over complicated as some crime novels sometime do. It made for a nice, easy read that can definitely be read in one sitting and there weren’t too many characters to keep track of.That One May Smile was a really enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading more from Valerie, thank you to Thick As Thieves Book Publicity & Promo Services for providing me with a copy of the book to read.
I really enjoyed this fast paced story. Main charters were believable and so were the twists. If you like guessing who did it and why through most of the story, this one is for you.
The complicated plot uncovers identity theft, murder, drugs and blackmail. The story is set in a suburb of Dublin and then takes the story to Cornwall and Cork.One of the key characters is Kelly who's husband disappeared 3 months earlier. She is so stressed and worried about him that she has trouble coping. Only when she has to venture out for food, she finds the body of a man in the churchyard behind her house.This, the first book of a series by Valerie Keogh, sets off at a fast pace.Garda Detective Sargeant West and Garda Detective Andrews head up the investigation which perplexes them when it is possible there is a connection between the body found and Kelly's missing husband. A tenuous relationship starts with the fragile Kelly and Garda DS West.I really enjoyed this book with all the twists and turns and look forward to reading the sequel Close Ranks. With thanks to Booklady for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
A thoroughly enjoyable detective novel. I had to keep my brains in however, as 2 characters had the same name (with a very good reason) which at times made me think carefully- which is not a bad thing! Twists and turns continue to the last chapter in this tale of deceit, drugs, money and love, but not in the way you expect. The main character does appear a little “ditzy” at one point but then again who is to say what anyone would do if put in that situation. Me? I wouldn’t have gone anywhere or given anything without the Gardai, but perhaps that’s just me. I loved how Kelly kept her faith in her man until it could be disproved and that we got to read her thoughts when alone. The characters are strong and no doubt we will get more about them in the next book as although a strong story ending there is a possible thread to the next (I won’t give anything away!).A recommended read which kept me page turning to the very end.
Always dubious reading a book by new author, but this was very enjoyable, your interest was held from the first chapter, and you were led into the development of the characters as the story progressed, interest was held throughout with a few surprises. Reader was left with hoping to read more by this author and to see the development of the possible romance between the main two characters. Well worth a read.
I am so glad I read this because it has rekindled my interest in mysteries! Thank you Valerie! This says 4 stars but, really, I would give it a 4.5. The story drew me in immediately and I didn’t lose interest. There were also some good surprises! The only thing I found lacking was more background material about Garda West and Kelly, in particular.Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed the story; it was very well written. Looking forward to reading the next installment.
Really enjoyed this. It kept me guessing to the end. Liked the characters of Mike West and Kelly,looking forward to the next installment.