The Body Market

About the Book by DV Berkom

A retired assassin is called in when a celebration south of the border turns into a nightmare. Everything’s for sale…

Former assassin Leine Basso is hired by a wealthy Beverly Hills power couple to find their missing daughter, Elise, who was last seen partying with her boyfriend at a club in Tijuana. At first, police believe the two teenagers are the victims of a carjacking. But when Leine finds their missing vehicle with the boyfriend’s mutilated body inside, and the local cartel warns her away, she knows if Elise isn’t already dead, she will be soon, or worse. In the lethal world of organized crime, there’s always a worse.

As Leine races to uncover the reason behind Elise Bennett’s disappearance, she must also battle the powerful interests fighting to keep her from the truth.

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Our Review

Author D.V. Berkom/ Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 309 Pages

This is a dark, fast- action, violent work. Leine Basso is a woman that navigates in that world when she has to. She is a well-trained investigator and her hand to hand skills equal that of Navy Seal. She’s gone to Tijuana to look for two missing wealthy teens.

Elise Bennett is the missing young girl. I have to say that I was really not sympathetic to her. I know she was supposed to be spoilt because of her upbringing. But she really couldn’t be that stupid could she? After being kidnapped and thinking about if she had her phone “First thing she’d do was take a selfie & show these horrid surroundings. Surely someone in her feed would be able to help her.” Hello? What about calling 911?

So you have Leine risking her life to find a girl who is spending time worrying about getting a matching shoe for the one she lost in the abduction. I know we don’t always have to like all the characters. I probably liked Leine as much as I disliked Elise.

This is definitely in the hard-boiled category and it delivers.


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About the Author

DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two popular thriller Author Derkomseries (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-*ss female characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she received her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Many, many cross-country moves later, she now lives near Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, a chef-turned-contractor, and several imaginary characters who love to tell her what to do.

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20 Responses to The Body Market

  1. Mai T.

    Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

  2. Cheri Oggy

    You are a new to me author; I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds terrific!

  3. Rita Wray

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  4. Thank you for the great review, Felita! I’m glad you liked Leine 🙂 As for Elise, when the character finds herself in a terror-inducing situation she does what we all tend to do–revert to old behaviors. I’ve watched people who have just received shocking/tragic news and often they concentrate on something safe as their brains process the information. For Elise, that’s shoes/clothes and her social network. For me, it would be completely different. Depends on the person.

    • Felita

      I try not to just rehash the synopsis of a book. I hoped you would realize that if I don’t appreciate Elise… that means that you wrote her “real” for me to react to her. I am going to have to go back and read the earlier books in the series. “Girls with guns” are my favorite type of mystery / thrillers- where it is their job/profession vs cozy where the sleuth can only stumble across so many bodies.

      • That’s why I enjoyed your review! I love it when a reviewer/reader reacts strongly to the characters. And I’d have to agree with your comment regarding cozy vs. thriller-girls with guns are definitely my kind of entertainment 😀

  5. momjane

    Sounds like a great story.

  6. Betty W

    This book sounds terrific! I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for the post and contest!

  7. John Thuku

    I would love to read your book. It sounds really great. I enjoyed the excerpt.

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    Sounds like a great book looking forward to reading this

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