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Shelter for Martina (Bluegrass Bravery #3) by Deanndra Hall


What’s worse than a den of liars? A den of lying relatives.

That’s what Kentucky State Police Detective Albert “Bud” Griffin finds when a young woman goes missing in Ohio County. Local law enforcement seems far more concerned about the last two people she was seen with, a recently-acquainted father and son team who are notorious liars, not to mention they’re particularly bad at it. After losing her husband and another daughter, Renita Anderson’s mother, Martina, is desperate to find her. Having lost his wife to cancer, Bud finds the kind of love and passion with Martina that he never thought he’d find, and he promises he’ll find her daughter.

He soon realizes there are members of the community who don’t want the young woman found. At a chance meeting in the woods with Texas Parks & Wildlife game warden Conor Paxton, the younger man makes some observations that confirm Bud’s suspicions—everyone Bud’s dealing with is lying except for Martina. The versions of Renita’s disappearance from the last two people who saw her don’t match, and he’s not surprised. Threats are levied, shots are fired, and it all points to someone who’ll be impossible to go up against without help. To his surprise, the best help he gets comes from the most unlikely individuals—one with two legs and one with four.

Built on an actual ongoing 2018 case in far western Kentucky, Bluegrass Bravery: Shelter for Martina is filled with devotion, passion, mature bedroom antics, and enough treachery, betrayal, and evil to fill the Green River Bottoms. Someone will take a bullet. It’s only a matter of time.


Book 3 in the Bluegrass Bravery series is a police procedural and romance wrapped up in one which can be read on its own. Detective Albert “Bud” Griffin of the Kentucky State Police Department is investigating a missing woman named Renita who unfortunately was helping out a shady local character. When Bud and the missing woman’s mother, Martina, become involved, both their lives are in danger by the person involved in Renita’s disappearance.

He had a date. It was the first date he’d had in over twenty-five years. Was he really ready to get back out there? There was only one way to find out, and in two days, he’d know for sure.

This is a sweet romance and mystery with a good plot and love story. I was happy to see protagonists over 40 years old falling in love and having fun when they aren’t dodging bullets, that is. The romance was a little rushed, but the storyline is based on a 2018 ongoing true case. 

Overall, a steady and suspenseful mystery with a mature romance.

Thank you to Ms. Hall for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Deanndra HallDeanndra Hall is a working writer living in far western Kentucky. A free spirit and chronic jokester, she and her partner of over 30 years enjoy visiting their two adult children and their partners and playing with their three crazy little dogs. When she’s not writing, Deanndra can be found kayaking, working out at the gym, cooking something healthy, or reading. After writing for business, industry, academia, and non-profits for years and having her work credited to others, she jumped into the fiction realm, particularly erotic fiction and erotica, and had so much fun she never looked back. Look for her on Twitter and Facebook and on her website and blog.