Friday, August 12, 2016

Random Acts of Greed

Random Acts of Greed

Holly Anna Paladin Mysteries #4 

Kindle Edition

by Christy Barritt

  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: River Heights 
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2016
  • ASIN: B01IRQ85IW

Help me. Don’t trust anyone. 

Do-gooder Holly Anna Paladin can’t believe her eyes when a healthy baby boy is left on her doorstep. What seems like good fortune quickly turns into concern when blood spatter is found on the bottom of the baby carrier. Something tragic—maybe deadly—happened in connection with the infant. The note left only adds to the confusion. What does it mean by “Don’t trust anyone”? 

Holly is determined to figure out the identity of the baby. Is his mom someone from the inner-city youth center where she volunteers? Or maybe the connection is through Holly’s former job as a social worker? Even worse—what if the blood belongs to the baby’s mom? 

Every answer Holly uncovers only leads to more questions. A sticky web of intrigue captures her imagination until she’s sure of only one thing: she must protect the baby at all cost. 


My thoughts: RANDOM ACTS OF GREED is the fourth book in the Holly Anna Paladin series but it easily stands alone.  It does refer back to the third book in one spot, briefly but it is quickly explained and moved on. 

Holly quickly becomes attached to the baby boy she nicknames Sweet Pea despite warnings from the social workers not to get attached. But who left the baby? Since the note with the child is to Ms. Holly, Holly Anna believes it is someone she knows, so she starts looking for the baby's money.. first for answers as to why the baby was abandoned... but then hints begin to arise that it might be foul play.  There is blood in the baby carrier.  The mother has vanished... 

Holly's boyfriend, a police officer, warns her not to get involved, but as the police investigate a rash of robberies and murders it begins to appear that it might have something to do with the abandoned baby and Holly keeps finding herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will she find out whodunit before it is too late?

I did figure out whodunit before it was revealed (but I read a lot of mystery and suspense) but even though I knew who the "bad guy" was, I had to keep reading until the end to find out why and how the crimes were intertwined.  I enjoyed this book, though I wasn't real happy with the ending and I absolutely cannot wait for the fifth book to come out (hopefully soon) so the situation will be resolved one way or the other.  

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Random Acts of Greed sounds intriguing.

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