After reading the above post by Elaine of Random Jottings, I clearly must read Lisa Miscione. From Elaine's four-book review:
"The heroine of these books is Lydia Strong whose mother was murdered by a brutal serial killer when Lydia was only fifteen. Now thirty years old she is a reclusive bestselling true crime writer and investigative consultant. She goes by her instincts, what she calls the 'buzz' to sense when someone is lying or hiding something from her. She and Jeffrey Mark, an ex-FBI agent work together. He was the agent assigned to the case when her mother was killed and over the years he has kept an eye on her, watched her grow up, helped her through her college years and finally, fallen in love with her. Though Lydia has strong feelings for him she is afraid to give way to them in case he, like her mother, is taken away from her."
Isn't Elaine's response to the commercial imperative wonderful?:
"I also love what appears to be product placement in all these stories. Lydia writes with a Montblanc pen, she wears a Prada navy silk blazer to track down a murderer, slips her feet into her chocolate coloured leather boots from Gucci, puts a quick slick of Margella Borghese plum coloured lipstick on her lips, grabs her La Furla shoulder bag and off she goes. This is all impossibly glamorous and adds to the style of the books. I mean 'Lydia shrugged into her Marks & Spencer anorak, thrust her feet into her Clarks sandals, quickly smeared Boots No 7 peach lipstick on her lips, grabbed her Debenhanms handbag into which she placed her Bic Biro' doesn't have quite the same ring does it?"
Thanks, Elaine, you made my evening. I got kicked off your comments so I have made this post instead, in tribute.