Harmful Intent: A Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes Novel


Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels is a P.I. Now, with her family’s bad luck in love, and the fact that she spends most of her business hours going after adulterers, one would think her a cynic in love. Her marriage in a strong one, she thinks - until she catches her husband smooching with her best friend. That’s a great shock, but not as great as when he turns up murdered soon afterwards. Guess who’s the main suspect?

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes knows the math: if a cheating husband ends up dead, odds are the wife did it. His instincts are telling him that the meddling P.I. is innocent in the matter, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he finds her attractive. If only the woman would stop poking her nose in police business, he might just be able to ignore said attraction. Probably.

A solid mystery story with a sprinkle of romance. Ronnie and Dawson make for a cute (future) couple. There were some pretty interesting side characters, most notably Ronnie’s boss and his friend Hoot, as well as Ronnie’s new friend Bertha. The mystery itself is intriguing enough, but the way that Ronnie handled it wasn’t always smart or responsible. Not only did she put herself in danger, but other people as well. Disregarding that, the book was fast-paced and very easy to get into. It also makes the reader wish for the sequel in which Ronnie and Dawson’s relationship can become what it’s meant to!

Ana Smith