Double Review: Double Indemnity & Inner Sanctum by Maggie Kavanagh

What Double Indemnity is about:

Sam Flynn dreamed of being a journalist until a car accident killed his parents and put his brother into a long-term coma. 24465628Now Sam spends his days as a landscaper toiling in the New England sun and his nights drunk in bed with the closest warm body. In his limited spare time, he writes about Stonebridge’s local crime and politics on his blog “Under the Bridge.”

Then Sam’s favorite client is found dead in her home—shortly after telling him someone has betrayed her trust. Sam can’t believe her grief-stricken husband Nathan would be a suspect, but the investigation hones in on him. Sam has always admired handsome Nathan from afar, but now he puts his libidinous feelings aside to help clear his name. However, the closer he gets to Nathan, the more he’s told to keep away from him and the investigation—by the fatherly police chief, by an officer on the case who’s hated him since school, and by Nathan himself.

Sam’s determined to expose the real reason his friend died and clear Nathan’s name—even if it’s the last thing he does. Which, considering how fast the death toll is increasing in Stonebridge… it might be.

What Inner Sanctum is about 
(spoiler-ish if you haven’t read Double Indemnity!)

Six months into a relationship, things have heated up between political blogger Sam Flynn and FBI Special Agent Nathan Walker. 26097267Though Sam is happy with Nathan and proud of his own sobriety, he’s anxious about what their future holds. Things are heating up in Stonebridge, Connecticut, as a series of deadly fires puts the community on edge and eventually threatens Sam’s comatose brother. As Halloween approaches, fears rise that the arsonist will strike again.

When Sam encounters the main suspect, seventeen-year-old orphan Damon Blake, he’s not sure what to do. Obstruction might land him in jail, but he is increasingly skeptical of Damon’s guilt. He takes matters into his own hands and investigates, but doing so means keeping Damon’s whereabouts a secret from Nathan and the police. Meanwhile, Nathan wonders what Sam is hiding and grapples with insecurities of his own. Sam wants to confide in Nathan, and Nathan wants to trust Sam, but they discover that negotiating new love can be as dangerous as solving crime.

My thoughts:

Double Indemnity combines a great crime story and a hot romance in one book. I loved the mystery side of this story because it was definitely captivating. I was hooked from the first page until the very end, coming up with theories and trying to solve the case with Sam. (Although at the end I was wrong in who I thought was the murderer.)

I like that Ms Kavanagh took her time to develop the relationship between Sam and Nathan and gave us a chance to first get to know both of them as individual characters before they build a relationship. The romance was slowly built but never boring and I think the pacing was just right.

I’m really looking forward to more by this author!


After reading Double Indemnity I had really high expectations for Inner Sanctum and Ms. Kavanagh didn’t disappoint!
I really enjoyed this story, just like with Double Indemnity the author knows how to write a good mystery!
She kept me guessing about the arsonist until the end and I never suspected the character being responsible for it. (Again! Seems like I’m not really good in solving crime cases. *g*)
I think I loved Sam and Nathan even more than I did in the first book. It was great to see the two of them again, see how they were doing and spent some more time with them.
What I loved about Inner Santum, was that Sam’s doubt about who was responsible for the fires was believable. And even though I didn’t like him lying to Nathan I absolutely understood why he did it. I also think it would have felt wrong if he’d done nothing. I mean those who’ve already read the first book know that Sam just cannot not investigate on his own! Even more so when it looks like the police have the wrong guy.
I am really looking forward to reading more of these two because they’re great together. And I can’t wait to see where the author takes them in the last installment of the series!

If you loved the first book, you’ll definitely like the second one too.


Note that you can get them both at a discounted price of 1$ each until January 15th at Dreamspinner Press! If you haven’t read them yet, now is the perfect time! 😉

Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Review

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