Racing for the finish line has never had higher stakes.
After 25 years in the military, Sam (Mac) McKenzie, decides to plant roots and build his Bluegrass Security business in small town Kentucky. He’s looking forward to an easy pace enjoying his sweet home on Fire Lake. An even sweeter woman would make life perfect.
Bourbon loving Detective Stevie Jorgenson has never been described as sweet, and she’s not looking to settle down, but she’s more than willing for a hot night of fun with the tall drink of water that just walked into her favorite bar.
Mac and Stevie's fling becomes so much more when prize thoroughbreds start dying days before the Kentucky Derby—including her father’s. When the killer shifts focus, they must depend on each other both professionally and personally in the desperate race to discover who is behind the increasingly deadly sabotage.
"This book was originally released in the Chandler County series as Missing the Spark. To better reflect the genre, the cover and series title have changed, but the content remains the same."
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My roots are nestled in Kentucky soil. Both of my father’s parents were born and raised in Kentucky and my father too. As a child I visited there with my Grandmother Ruth as she went back each summer to visit her sisters and brothers. Those were the best summers. So as an adult, it’s a trip we try to make annually for at least a few days.
As I became an author, it was natural that I’d write a book Kentucky. As the thought percolated in my mind, it became a series and surrounding that series came the idea of Chandler County. So, this series comes from deep roots and love of the area and my family. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
Sam McKenzie has everything he needs in his professional life. Bluegrass Security is going strong, he just purchased a home for the first time in his life, he even got himself a dog. Personally, however, life was a bit unsettled. His growing crush on Stevie Jorgenson was unrequited – he just didn’t know why. She seemed to enjoy spending time with him, he’d caught her staring more than once, but yet, she seemed wary to take it to the next level.
Stevie Jorgenson had worked her entire life trying to step from the shadow of her wealthy family, including the family horse business. Excelling at the police academy and then making detective in Chandler County had been hard work. Now, her growing attraction to Sam McKenzie was beginning to shade her with its shadow. The trouble was his biggest client was her father’s rival in business and that could make things messy. The other issue was his client was also a dirty dealer and she had to uphold the law. How can they make it on opposite sides of the track?