Black Moon (Hamarsson & Dempsey – Veiled Intentions Book 3) by Elle Keaton #LGBTQ #Audiobook #Review #Thriller #Mystery

Erryn reviews ‘Black Moon (Veiled Intentions – Hamarsson and Dempsey Book 3’) by Elle Keaton.  The book was published by Dirty Dog Press on November 19 2020 and is 256 pages.  The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean.  It was released May 31, 2021 and is 7hrs. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read: I’m enjoying this series.

One corpse, two corpse, old corpse, new corpse.

Summer is crashing into fall, Mat and Niall have a wedding to overthink.

A body is discovered floating in the harbor, and this time it’s the missing ex-Piedras Marine officer Duane Cooper.

Who, aside from Niall, wanted Duane dead? He’s been on the run for months, why would he turn up dead now?

Black Moon, third in the Veiled Intentions series. Black Moon is a dual POV following Sheriff Mat Dempsey and now Private Investigator Niall Hamarsson as they grope their way to a happily ever after.

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My Review:

I’m a fan of Elle Keaton and this has been an awesome series.  I love the gruff ex-cop Niall and the much softer and kinder Sheriff Mat.  The engagement at the end of the last book made me smile.  Especially because it was Niall doing the asking.  So now they’re embarking on wedding plans and they have to leave Piedras Island or everyone will show up.

And, of course, there’s a mystery. Duane Cooper, the marine officer, went missing after the mysterious fire at the marina in the last book.  So where’d he go?  Well, when his body turns up in the harbor it’s up to Mat to solve the crime.  And, of course, Niall’s got to help.  After he recovers from his assignment with West Coast Forensics that went sideways.

For a small island, a lot of people wind up dead on Piedras.  There’s a hotel where a woman was assaulted, but it seems to hold more secrets than just a possible ghost or two.  And Niall is sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong – to Mat’s consternation.  But he’s also appreciative of the help.

I have to admit I didn’t see the ending coming, and I love how the dénouement solidified Niall’s relationship with his cousin Shay.  Speaking of Cousin Shay…did he have something with Ryder or was that just my imagination?

Plenty of intrigue in this book and a nice set-up for the new West Coast Forensics series.  The first book is out in audio and I can’t wait.

Quick shout out to Michael Dean for a tremendous performance with this series.  His voice is a perfect fit.  On to see what’ll happen next…

My Rating:

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars

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Author/imaginator & photographer (also rare Pacific Northwest Native), Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west.

Elle shares her life with between three to five cats (depending on who’s counting), an extremely patient fiancé and a flock of young adults. She’s lived in four US states, London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has little problem finding parking even in the most difficult places.

Elle’s series made its debut spring of 2017. Accidental Roots, is set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently, some journeys are longer than others. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day. As far as we know she wasn’t actually raised by wolves.

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