Fade to Black by Leslie Parrish is the first book in the new “Black CATS” romantic suspense trilogy series.  Publisher: Signet Eclipse (Penguin), July 2009

A group of elite FBI special agents has been brought together to form the Cyber Action Team, aka CAT–and they have one mission: to solve Internet-related murders.

From his years in the FBI’s violent crimes unit, Special Agent Dean Taggert has learned firsthand how vicious people can be.  But this is the worst he’s ever seen.  Eight victims have been murdered, their final moments captured on film and shown on a secret Web site called Satan’s Playground.  And a madman who refers to himself as the Reaper is auctioning off their means of death.

When the investigation leads Dean to the small town of Hope Valley, he enlists the help of sexy and capable Sheriff Stacey Rhodes, who’s dealing with secrets of her own. It’s too late to save the latest victim, but Dean and Stacey still have to work fast, because the Reaper’s next auction is about to begin…

This was a thrilling read with so many twists and turns where  every time I thought I knew who the killer might be, it turned out not to be the killer.  I also enjoyed the romance that was developed nicely. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy.  My rating: 4 stars


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