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Guardian Angel - An Angelica Dale Mystery

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Set in the fictional town of Filmore, Guardian Angel is the story of former police detective Angelica 'Angel' Dale, who works as a private investigator. Her most wealthy and influential client, Mrs. Ella Sinclair, calls her when a student, Violet Edmunds, is terrorized on the grounds of Sinclair Academy, Mrs. Sinclair's private girls' school.

Angel accepts the challenge and immediately finds herself at odds with the Detective on the case, Christopher Roland. Much to her chagrin she actually finds herself attracted to him but fortunately discovers they work quite well together.

As she delves into the world of childhood angst, business dealings, and revenge she becomes even more determined to solve the case, protect the school, and save a broken little girl from an unknown threat.

Wealthy heiress Ella Sinclair, the founder of the Sinclair Academy for Girls, needs the help of private investigator Angelica Dale, a former Sinclair student, in Armstrong’s intriguing debut. Ella is worried that the institution is no longer safe after seventh grader Violet Edmonds was attacked on her way to her dorm room by a man who pulled her off the path, beat her up, and cut off part of her hair. Angelica quickly sets up a security system for the academy and looks into the theory that the assault is connected with a number of recent incidents at the school that include vandalism, arson, and thefts of some students’ possessions. The number of disturbances leads Angelica to suspect that the criminal wants to harm Ella. The fast-paced, suspenseful plot will keep readers turning the pages. Armstrong is off to a promising start. (Self-published)

Correction: The author uses a pseudonym, which a previous version of this review did not reflect.