Book Review - CORNERED COYOTE (Coyote series Book 3) - Dianne Harman

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I actually bought this book as part of a 3 book collection a long while back. I read and reviewed the first book in this series Blue Coyote Motel (see my review here) and did a Giveaway for the Second in the series-Coyote in Provence. It seems like forever that I have been trying to get back to the third! I think I have mentioned that I should never get kindle books at least as a package deal--I do much better with them singly! But that is a personal preference!!

This book kept me reading, as did the first two, and I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. You will love Slade Kelly, the private investigator who by hook or by crook manages to get jobs done. When Maria returns to the US from where she has been hiding out in France--she is immediately arrested for the murder of her husband. Slade with his shady background-but stellar education, puts together a team at the request of a friend. Will they be able to exonerate Maria from these false accusations?

This was an excellent ending to this series--although I think I would like to know what happens next--maybe Dianne will write a follow up and let us know?

About the Book: (from Amazon)

A Gripping tale that is hard to put down - One that is as Sweet as a Ballerina and as Pugnacious as a Pit bull!

Maria is tired of running from the law and comes back to the US from France. She murdered her husband, a deranged genius in self-defense and is arrested on arrival. Will she come out unscathed or will this be the biggest mistake of her life? Will she taste freedom or will she remain behind bars forever?

Follow the lovable yet eccentric private investigator, Slade Kelly, (a readers' favorite), as he tries to save Maria from seemingly insurmountable odds.

The story moves at a rapid pace, from the ghettos of Chicago to the beaches of Florida, from the streets of Los Angeles to the lush gardens of New York city. Each twist and turn comes with its own cast of colorful characters, from sleazy men in the mafia to hot, desperate women, who will do anything to make it big, in a world that is always trying to keep them small."

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from Amazon)(Picture from Twitter)

Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote - all of which are available now in the Coyote Series. She is also the author of Tea Party Teddy and Tea Party Teddy's Legacy, California political novels.

Being a dog lover and having attended cooking schools all over the world, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs - and her first cozy mystery, Kelly's Koffee Shop was written. It is #1 on the culinary cozy mystery list and #3 on animals. Her second book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series, Murder at Jade Cove, will be published soon..(and as we all know she has written many cozy mysteries since-all with delicious recipes)

An Award Winning Bestseller, Blue Coyote Motel was selected as a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month Book, and e-thriller Book of the Month. Blue Coyote Motel and Coyote in Provence were finalists in Chanticleer's CLUE awards contest.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspenseful love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the motel.

Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a "feel-good" wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician, find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey's miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning?

Coyote in Provence and Cornered Coyote complete the trilogy which spans the globe and introduces a character, Slade Kelly, a lovable irascible private eye, who many say has become their favorite literary character. The Mafia, food, wine, art, Provence, courtroom drama - all find a place in these books.

The Teddy saga is a multicultural romance set against the political background of California. It's the story of Nina, whose husband succumbs to the power of his office. Bigoted and biased, the ultimate irony occurs when she becomes romantically involved with the founder of the Republicans for Latinos, and in the process, discovers herself. The story continues in Tea Party Teddy's Legacy, a conclusion to Tea Party Teddy in the form of a novella.

Authors Website

Dianne is the author of several series. To find out more about her books, go to has been named by Amazon seven times as an All-Star.
Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category, and selected as the Book of the Month by the Goodreads Psychological Thriller group. Blue Coyote Motel & Coyote in Provence were finalists in Chanticleer’s prestigious CLUE Awards contest.

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valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Mysteries are one of my favorite genres. And I do enjoy it when I find an author that I enjoy and the books are in a series.

Jennifer Johnson said...

I love a good mystery novel! I really need to find more time to read, it's been so long since I have read a book!

Jenn said...

Mysteries are my favorite! I will have to check this one out after I am done with finishing up another book I am working on.

Brandy Ellen said...

This really sounds like such a great book to have. I will be purchasing it soon, to add to my book collection because there's so many I need to read!

Neely said...

This is my grandmothers favorite kind of book! I may buy it for her!

Maria Long said...

I am hoping to read more when the kids go back to school once I can work more during the day.

Myrah Duque said...

Sharing with my niece! This is her type of books, I am sure she will be adding to her collection.

Michelle Martinka said...

I love mysteries! I am going to see if I can put this on hold at my library!

Eliz Frank said...

If I recall, I've read your other reviews on books by the same author. It's great to find a series one loves and read everything we can find on it.

CourtneyLynne said...

Ooooo now this sounds like one fantastic read! I might just have to add this to my reading list!

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