Good Sam by Dete Meserve

Setting: Los Angeles
Genre: Women's Fiction/Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: June 20, 2017

Kate Bradley is less than thrilled when her boss puts her on the feel-good story of a woman finding cash on her front porch. The anonymous gift turns into a great assignment when Kate learns other people also found that cash. Plus, the cash amount in each case is $100,000. That's quite a gift!

As Kate delves into the case, she quickly learns that the benefactor does not want to be revealed. She ends up getting the chance for an exclusive interview, but her boss wants the story passed on to a more veteran reporter. Kate's not sure she's ready to give up the story that she broke. She's also not really prepared when Good Sam reveals himself to her. This has Kate questioning a lot of her own choices.

Strengths and Weaknesses

I read a lot of books and many of them are mysteries. While there are red herrings tossed your way, I never found them that tricky. I knew who Good Sam was way before the surprise revelation came out. That ended up being the only downfall.

It's clear that this is going to be a series. I want to return to Kate's life and see what happens next. She's a strong heroine, despite her flaws, and one that I enjoyed getting to know. That's part of why I liked her so much. She has flaws like we all do, and they only make her stronger when she learns from her mistakes.

RTR's Bottom Line

Good Sam has plenty of action, a bit of romance, and a plot that had me hooked. The world would be a better place if there were more good Sams out there. I ended up with the same emotional pull that I had after reading Pay It Forward.


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