After physically recuperating from a gunshot wound, Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is emotionally vulnerable. She is still navigating the waters of being an out-of-the-closet lesbian and being a well-known detective has its drawbacks. Her popularity leaves her wide open to public scrutiny. She knows all too well that putting another person’s safety before her own is the greatest sacrifice she will ever make. Does she still have what it takes to protect and serve someone else at the expense of her own life?
Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is a woman who goes above the call of duty to serve and protect anyone placed under her care. I really love the way she uses her intuition to help her make the best decisions for herself and the woman she is charged with protecting. Carol Ashton gives the world a poker-face but underneath her mask of indifference she is a very emotional, deep thinking and loving woman.
Marla Strickland is a well-known American feminist speaker. She makes public speeches and she gives television interviews while she tours Australia. At first, Marla came off as a very narcissistic, selfish and cruel individual to me. I got really disgusted by her childish attitude throughout the story, however, as the story unfolded I began to see a few redeeming qualities about her.
The Writing Style
I really enjoyed the witty banter between the characters. I also enjoyed the way the author gave a detailed account of how various protective agencies can work together to handle and process death threats.
I just love a story with women in uniform and this story does not disappoint! Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is a force to be reckoned with, she is beautiful, fierce and she possesses a sharp mind.
This story contains graphic descriptions of murder and grievous physical assault.
This awesome crime mystery/thriller is an irresistible, gripping and fast-paced page-turner. Once you start reading, you’ll be completely engrossed with Detective Inspector Carol Ashton’s unpredictable and action packed world. I can attest to that fact because I was captivated from the beginning and I did not put my kindle down until I got to the last word a few hours later.
Excerpt from Body Guard by Claire McNab
“Ms. Strickland, you’ll be pleased to meet your own personal bodyguard.” Safer’s voice resonated with hearty irony. “This is Detective Inspector Carol Ashton.”
The woman who swung around was familiar from her photographs—shoulder-length dark hair, a thin, intelligent face with patrician bone structure, finely arched eyebrows, a wide mouth—but there was a vitality that no flat picture could catch. Dressed in a beautifully cut navy blue suit with a frothy white blouse, she looked very feminine, and very tough. When she spoke, her voice had a taut certainty. “I’ve been told all about you, Inspector, but I don’t want, or need, a bodyguard.”
“My sentiments exactly.”
Marla Strickland’s grin was ferocious. “Then why are you here?”
“I had an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Carol’s eyes narrowed at the woman’s imperious tone. “Detective Anne Newsome. She’s back-up as I can’t be awake twenty-four hours a day.”
“No? They tell me you’re superhuman, Inspector.”
“They may. I won’t.”
Marla looked at the young detective critically. “She’s very young.”
Anne Newsome amused Carol by saying calmly, “I’ve been fully trained in anti-terrorism and I’m an excellent shot. I hope that reassures you, Ms. Strickland.”
“I’ve been told Australia’s very safe—no handguns, right? So I don’t need any reassurance. I’m not in any danger.”
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