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Friday, August 12, 2022

Depths Of Deceit by Laura Oles (VBT: Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Depths Of Deceit by author Laura Oles!

Book Review

Depths Of Deceit by Laura Oles
Book 2: A Jamie Rush Mystery Series
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: May 23, 2022
Format: Paperback - 280 pages
               Kindle - 2573 KB
ISBN (PB): 978-1948051859
ASIN (Kindle): B09YJ1PNCG
BNID: 978-1948051859
Genre: Mystery

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Book 1: Daughters Of Bad Men
Book 2: Depths Of Deceit

Book Description:

Two sisters.
One deadly secret.
No time to lose.

PI Jamie Rush has her hands full with small-time skip-tracing and surveillance jobs in Port Alene, Texas. The work is steady, though she still struggles to make ends meet. But when her partner, Cookie, brings in a low-paying and potentially time-consuming case, Jamie takes it on out of loyalty.

Cookie’s childhood friend, Renata, needs to find her younger sister, Leah. As Jamie digs into Leah’s past, it becomes clear that the missing woman’s life was shrouded in secrets, the kind that could jeopardize those involved in the case.

To complicate matters, PI Alastair Finn has returned, and he’s willing to reclaim his town by any means necessary. Jamie has never been one to retreat, and Alastair enjoys a good fight. Sparks will fly.

A missing woman. Felonies. Finn’s return. Every twist reminds Jamie that she’s still an outsider in this town. Jamie must prove herself all over again, and the stakes have never been higher.

Book Excerpt:

The mermaid in the truck bed was what caught Jamie Rush’s attention. The cast-iron figure peeked over the hatch, her carved, flowing hair and demure smile in view. This was supposed to be a standard identify-and-repo job. Jamie was certain she hadn’t seen a mermaid on the itemized paperwork. Brody Rutger, in addition to hiding from creditors, had added theft of a local celebrity to his resume.

The day had started strong, with a lead on Rutger and an opportunity to catch him between fishing charters, using a boat he’d quit paying on months before. Suddenly, Marian the Mermaid was caught up in the mix.

And something was going on with the weather.

The month of November normally brought a steady stream of long-term vacationers from the north—affectionally called Winter Texans—who fled harsh winters for the promise of more tepid temperatures. Those who’d already set up residence in Port Alene were likely to be disappointed. Port A, usually quite predictable in her warmth, had suddenly changed her mind. That day, she was trading humidity for frigid air, and the wind, once laced with a warm, salty breeze, was offering only a cold shoulder. The palm trees lining Island Main bristled from side to side, and the town seemed to have turned inward in response. The icy wind whistled in the gap of her Tahoe’s window.

Jamie shuddered at the weather’s frigid downturn, while her partner, Cookie Hinojosa, all but cursed Mother Nature. He believed anything under seventy degrees was downright blasphemous. Jamie tilted her head toward the gray sky and welcomed the sting of air on her cheeks, her head briefly popping out the driver’s-side window. Cookie glanced over and shook his head.”

You’re very grumpy this morning,” Jamie said. She gave him a once-over, taking note of the large Dallas Cowboys logo on his chest, the silver star claiming almost all the space between his shoulders. “I see you found your favorite winter hoodie. Probably more fun to wear when they’re winning.”

Cookie turned to her and scowled. “Et tu, Brute? You’re going to dump on our favorite team? Really?”

Jamie reached over and gave her partner’s meaty shoulder a squeeze. “They need to earn our love by playing better. And we’ve been damned patient.” She rubbed her hand up and down his sleeve, noting the fabric felt cold. “You should probably break down and buy a proper winter jacket.”

“This is South Texas. Only snowbirds wear ‘proper’ winter jackets.”

Cookie dismissed the idea of wearing anything that added additional bulk to his substantial frame. “My Hawaiian shirts are sad from neglect.”

She had to agree. A long-sleeved Hawaiian shirt would look ridiculous on anyone. She rubbed her hands together and hoped the cold snap would soon dissipate, returning the balmy temperatures Port Alene normally delivered.

“I’m going to pull back a bit,” Jamie said.

Their skip of the day, Brody Rutger, owed their client, AAA Repo Services, $15,027. Brody had ducked all attempts at collection, so Jamie and Cookie had been hired to locate him and return the boat. Jamie and Cookie specialized in skip tracing, which essentially meant finding people who didn’t want to be found. They worked skips but also some surveillance—which paid well but was boring beyond belief—and some divorce cases, which also paid well but renewed Jamie’s resolve to never get married. In Jamie’s experience, if a person disappeared, the reasons involved money, private information, or violence. And secrets—always a secret.


Excerpt from Depths of Deceit by Laura Oles. Copyright 2022 by Laura Oles. Reproduced with permission from Laura Oles. All rights reserved.

My Book Review:

In Depths Of Deceit, the second book in the Jamie Rush Mystery Series, author Laura Oles transports the reader back to the island coastal town of Port Alene, Texas, for Jamie Rush and Cookie Hinojosa's latest investigative adventure.

Jamie and Cookie's private investigation business has been slow and not very lucrative, they're back to skip tracing, divorce, and surveillance cases. But when Cookie gets a text from Renata Sandoval, a childhood friend, telling him that she's worried about her younger sister, Leah, who's gone quiet. Renata went to the police department, but they said that adults are allowed to disappear, especially if there is no evidence of foul play. Not knowing who else to turn to and unable to pay, Renata asks them to look into her missing sister's case. 

As Jamie and Cookie search for the truth behind Leah's disappearance, the further they dig, the more they realize that Leah's secret lifestyle has gotten herself in trouble with some dangerous people, and someone is determined to recover what Kristen took, and stop Jamie and Cookie from getting involved at all costs. Can Jamie and Cookie put the pieces of the puzzle together and solve the disappearance of Leah, before they find themselves in danger? And if that isn't enough, Jamie is still dealing with family issues, and Alastair Finn, a rival private investigator has come back to town and is muscling in on their business. 

Author Laura Olves weaves a slow-building and suspenseful tale written in the third person narrative that follows Jamie and Cookie's investigative journey in search of the truth behind the disappearance of Leah Sandoval. Their investigation will take a lot of digging and dangerous situations, and uncovering dark secrets to find the truth. And if that's not enough, Jamie has to come to terms with her ongoing family issues, while Jamie and Cookie have to deal with the rival private investigator who keeps showing up and threatening to take away their business.

The reader will be easily drawn into this intriguing story with its richly descriptive plot and idyllic coastal town setting. Depths Of Deceit has intriguing characters, and enough drama, tension, action, flashbacks, secrets, clues from the past, and unexpected twists and turns that kept me thoroughly engaged and guessing what would happen next, it will definitely take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.


About The Author

Laura Oles is the Agatha-nominated and award-winning author of the Jamie Rush mystery series, along with short stories and nonfiction. With two decades of experience in the digital photography industry, Laura’s work has appeared in trade and consumer magazines, crime-fiction anthologies, and she served as a business columnist. Laura loves road trips, bookstores and any outdoor activity that doesn’t involve running. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her family.

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Virtual Book Tour Event

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08/11 Review @ Urban Book Reviews

08/12 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

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08/13 Showcase & Podcast @ Books to the Ceiling

08/14 Review @ Guatemala Paula Loves to Read

08/15 Review @ Melissa As Blog

08/16 Review @ The Page Ladies

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08/18 Review @ Avonna Loves Genres

08/19 Review @ Pat Fayo Reviews


  1. Great review! This sounds like a very interesting book!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! Great series, put it on your TBR list!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to review Depths of Deceit!

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for the opportunity to feature Depths Of Deceit and Daughters Of Bad Men on my blog. I really enjoyed reading the series, hope there are more coming!