All The Wrong Moves by Merline Lovelace is the first book in the new “Samantha Spade” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), November 2009


USAF Lieutenant Samantha Spade and her team of techies spend their time testing the latest gizmos and gadgets for the military. The Ergonomic Exoskeletal Extension—more fondly known as EEEK—allows a person to slip inside a lightweight metal frame and have a robot’s strength, speed, and vision capabilities. But the enhanced vision doesn’t help when Sam stumbles over two dead bodies on a 2 a.m. test run.

Later, she learns from handsome but gruff Border Patrol agent Jeff “Mitch” Mitchell that one of the dead men is a former U.S. soldier-turned-arms dealer—and that his death may be part of an elaborate cover-up. Sam joins forces with Mitch to unravel the mystery, but when her high-tech lab is torched she realizes that someone is turning up the heat. Too bad they’ve underestimated Sam Spade’s coverage under fire.

In this new romantic suspense series featuring Samantha who when testing the latest gizmo for the military happens upon two dead bodies that leads her into a conspiracy that leads her into danger. With the assistance of Mitch, who she would like to get closer to, they seek the clues to bring the killers to justice. This is a great start to an exciting series and I can’t wait to read the next one to see where Sam ventures to. My rating: 4.5 stars

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