Erryn reviews ‘Treasure Trail (Treasure Trail Book 1)’ by Morgan Brice. This book was released on June 26, 2019 and is 250 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by John Solo and released on September 22, 2020. The audiobook is 7 hrs and 12 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved Badlands so was willing to try another Morgan Brice book.
Erik Mitchell traveled the world uncovering art fraud and relic theft, which pitted him against spoiled billionaires, unscrupulous collectors, mobsters, and cartels. He worked with law enforcement across the US and Europe, but then a sting goes wrong, Erik ends up injured and returns to find his partner cheating. He decides to stop globetrotting and buy an antique shop in scenic Cape May, New Jersey, rebuild his life, and nurse his broken heart.
Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. When he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.
Sparks fly when Erik and Ben meet. But when a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface, the two men are pulled into a web of lies, danger, and deception that will test their bond – and might make them Cape May’s newest ghosts!
This is a new series by Morgan Brice, but some familiar characters’ names are dropped, so I fell into the story quite easily. Erik has opened an antique shop in Cape May, New Jersey as a way to recover from his previous job – as someone uncovering art fraud and relic theft. So yeah, not a nine-to-five desk job. He hopes to settle into his quiet life and avoid drama.
But drama comes his way.
Ben is a former cop with the Newark PD. He also got shot, although he nearly died. Deciding that way of life was unsustainable, he opted to become a PI. Even that was too much, so when his aunt asked him to help her with her rental business, he figured why not? A chance to take a break.
Here’s where things get interesting. Although the men initially meet in a bar and it’s mistaken identity, they do get together to solve a mystery. But both have been hurt previously, and are mistrustful. That leads them down a dark path. Oh, and Erik sees ghosts. So, you know, definitely paranormal elements.
I enjoyed the mystery, to be sure. And it’s the first in a new series so I’m looking forward to more. John Solo narrated the book and, as always, I think he did a great job. More to come…
9/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!