Thrifty Thursday : Dare Game by Melinda Colt @melinda_colt #ThriftyThursday

Posted January 19, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 19 Comments

Thrifty Thursday :  Dare Game by Melinda Colt

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on June 23, 2022  (currently $4.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

Overall rating 4.22 with 529 ratings and 49 reviews



Thrifty Thursday :  Dare Game by Melinda Colt @melinda_colt   #ThriftyThursdayDare Game by Melinda Colt
Series: Irish Guarda Squad #1
Published by Self-Published on May 2, 2021
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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One dead body, one ace of spades… Is the playing card an oversight—or a trademark?

Detective John O’Sullivan needs to find out if the murder was a one-off, or if the killer plans to work his way through a whole deck of cards. The plot thickens as his team discovers more unsolved murders with the same modus operandi—worldwide.

Amber Reed stumbles into the middle of the investigation when she discovers her teenage daughter is a key-player in the Dublin murder case. Determined to do the right thing, Amber and her daughter help John, even though doing so puts their lives in danger.

I really enjoy police procedurals so I was happy to read this putting aside a different freebie.  The setting is the Irish Garda in Galway.  Dare Game is like most other freebies I read of this type with a few differences.  The characters were somewhat better developed and felt more realistic.  The other big attraction for me was the incorporation of technology like the Dark Web and bitcoin, along with a crack hacker in the Garda.

We get to see the police team but also a prime criminal / witness.  There may be some cliche parts of characters but overall I liked them and how they were developed.  We mostly get John’s point of view.  He works with his partner, Aidan and the talented tech Jenna.  They are exceedingly competent and execute their work faster than I could believe.

Amber, and her daughter Hayley , are new to Galway after Amber’s divorce.  They are struggling a bit and end up in this deadly game.  Amber and John are attracted to each other, so there is the addition of some romantic suspense here.  Hayley seems to be a real teenager; her actions are a bit uneven, which made perfect sense to me.

I enjoyed this one a lot and would be happy to read more in this Irish Garda Squad series. I’d like to see more of what happens to this team, professionally and personally.

These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those.  Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.


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Posted January 19, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 19 Comments

19 responses to “Thrifty Thursday : Dare Game by Melinda Colt

  1. Hi Anne,

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Dare Game. I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope you will be reading more of my books. Dare Game was my first ever mystery novel. 🙂