Review of “In Harm’s Way” by Ridley Pearson

I used to like Ridley Pearson’s work quite a bit, especially his series involving Seattle Police Sergeant Lou Boldt. But ever since he changed to a series that takes place in Sun Valley featuring Sheriff Walt Fleming, I haven’t been knocked out by him. In Harm’s Way seeks the best of both worlds by adding some characters from the Seattle series to this story that takes place in Sun Valley.

Sheriff Fleming, divorced with a pair of eleven-year-old twins, is interested romantically in his crime scene photographer, Fiona Kenshaw. Fiona runs from steaming hot to icy cold with Walt, and for some reason, he doesn’t seem to mind – in fact, he just figures he has forgotten how to read women. (I, on the other hand, found Fiona very annoying.)

Fiona is house-sitting for a wealthy couple who are away for the summer, and she has invited her mentee Kira Tulivich to be her associate caretaker. Kira is a 21-year-old girl who was the victim of a violent assault two years earlier. The whole town seems to feel protective toward Kira, but Fiona in particular has an ability to empathize with her. One suspects that Fiona has had a similar experience.

When a prowler starts vandalizing the rich homes in the area, Fiona and Kira, somewhat isolated on the large property where they are staying, are quite frightened and keep baseball bats by the doors. And when a famous football player shows up dead from a baseball crack to the skull, Walt fears that either or both of the women may be implicated.

Seattle’s Lou Boldt enters the picture because he has also encountered a dead body with ties to the famous football player, as well as to some of the glitterati in Sun Valley. Although the two men join forces to solve the crimes, Walt holds back information from Lou. Walt thinks he may be in love with Fiona, and in any event he wants to protect Kira after her previous trauma.

Evaluation: Readable, but not memorable. I would primarily recommend it for fans of Ridley Pearson and in particular, those who follow either or both of the two detective series.

Rating: 3/5

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010

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15 Responses to Review of “In Harm’s Way” by Ridley Pearson

  1. diane says:

    Haven’t read this author in a while, but use to enjoy his books. Sorry this one was not a homerun for you.

  2. zibilee says:

    I have never read a book by Pearson, but it sounds like this might not be the right place to start. It sounds like it was diverting, but not all that engrossing.

  3. bermudaonion says:

    I want to try Pearson’s work, but I think I’ll start it with a different book – I want memorable.

  4. Julie P. says:

    Not sure this one is for me — I’m not falling into that target audience that you mentioned.

  5. Bookjourney says:

    Oh! I was hoping this would have been a better read. It looks really interesting.

  6. Nymeth says:

    It always makes me sad to feel meh about an author I used to really like :\

  7. I think I like the sound of the Seattle series better…just because I like books set in the NW.
    ok, but not memorable I have enough of.

  8. Sandy says:

    I did enjoy the Lou Boldt series. Was he the one with the wife that had cancer? I get them so confused sometimes, which is a problem with some series. They just all seem like one big fat series.

  9. Jenners says:

    I’m not sure I ever read something by this author but I suspect I did quite some time ago.

  10. Staci says:

    I’ve never read Pearson so I don’t feel too compelled to start a new series..I have way too many other books to tackle!!

  11. Margot says:

    I haven’t read this guy either. It sounds like the author was listening to you when you said your preferences. At least that’s my version.

  12. EL Fay says:

    “Readable, but not memorable” describes how I sometimes feel about my favorite detective series too. Sometimes you just need a book to keep the series going and the fans happy.

  13. Amy says:

    Have you read any other books by Ridley Pearson that you would recommend? I probably won’t read this book, although there are a few circumstances in which I could imagine I might read “In Harm’s Way” but I trust your assessment. Besides given all of the books I really want to read and other ones that I will want to read after reading reviews etc. I don’t have time for the books I know are “iffy” going in! lol

    Thank you!
    ~ Amy

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