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Monday, 18 May 2015

VIRTUAL TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Body Market by DV Berkom

The Body Market

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.


Leine walked out of the Gypsy and into the warm evening air, thinking about what Guillermo had said. Obviously, Josh had caught up with Elise and talked her into going with him to the party. What Leine didn’t know was the part the Russian played in their disappearances. It was possible he had nothing to do with it. It could have been a cartel kidnapping.

The noise on the street had increased and the growing energy was palpable. Leine stood on the busy sidewalk watching the human carnival drift by, absorbing the place. Normally, she would have changed her appearance in order to blend with her surroundings, but the trip had been unexpected and she hadn’t felt the need. She would have liked to have been a bit more anonymous. As it was, people glanced at her as they passed but didn’t engage.

Worked for her.

Not wanting to attract attention, she headed back to the secure parking lot and her rental. Lou had made hotel reservations a few miles out of town at a place called the Vista Inn, which wasn’t far from the abandoned housing development where they’d found Josh’s phone. An early night followed by an early start meant better odds of being home in time for dinner.

But first she wanted to connect with the DEA agent Santa had told her about, Bob Herrera. If the Russian had been hanging out for any period of time, he’d more than likely heard of him.

She kept to the shadows and moved along the back streets before cutting between buildings to reach the parking lot. No guard greeted her at the entrance. As she approached her rental a prickle of awareness tracked up her spine.

Someone was watching her.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.**

Leine Basso has lived on both sides of the law.  Either side, she took care of people who committed horrible crimes.  Now she was hell bent on saving those innocent children who were being used for human trafficking and for the organ trade.  Little did she know that repaying a favor would result in finding the girl she had been trying to find and save.
Elise was a spoiled rich girl. She thought she was entitled to whatever she wanted. Her parents didn’t pay any attention to her and her cries for attention were ignored.  Who would fight for her freedom once she was kidnapped?

This book was edgy, creative, dark, and incredibly suspenseful!  It kept me on the edge of my seat from the start of the book and left me guessing.  There were twists and turns in the plot making it nearly impossible to keep an idea on what was going to happen.  The author was great at using such vivid description throughout the story. It was easy to visualize the characters, their wounds, their outfits, and the locations they went to.  It was a great read and one I couldn’t put down once I started.  If you are looking for a book to keep you on the edge of your seat and have your mind running dozens of different ideas through it then pick this book up!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two popular thriller series (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.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks very much for the opportunity to read this incredible book! :-D

  2. This sounds so exciting and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Great review comments.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, MomJane! Edge of your seat is what I aim for :-)

    2. It definitely was an incredible and exciting story to read. You should grab a copy, you won't be disappointed!

  3. Thank you for the awesome review, Amy! I'm so glad you enjoyed The Body Market. Leine Basso is definitely an interesting character to write--wait until you read the next one :-)

    1. You're so welcome. I loved reading the book, I can't wait for the next in the series. I bet Leine could give anyone a run for their money. She was fun!

  4. And thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for setting up this book tour! You guys ROCK.

  5. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

    1. That's a great question, Mai! I choose names based on both sound and meaning. The rhythm and flow of words is important for ease of reading, but I also love to use names that mean something, especially in secondary characters. For example, one of the characters in The Body Market is named Willy Flint. I liked the way the name flowed, and it worked well with his blog name (Flint's Stones), but he was also a major catalyst in Leine's investigation (aka flint). For names from other countries, I usually Google surnames + whatever country I need, and if I'm stuck for ideas I go to or With all the resources available, I find I rarely have "name block" :-)