The Craft of Being Covert is the final book in Christy Barritt’s series The Sidekick’s Survival Guide Mysteries. It has been a fun ride with accidental PI Elliot Ransom and her associates as she practically stumbles onto the answers to several serious crimes. In this installment, things ramp up in Elliot’s own personal mystery that her father left behind at his death.

As always the author has managed to combine mystery, suspense, romance, and humor to create a quite readable and enjoyable tale that should delight all readers who love mysteries. Elliot is a multifaceted character whose keen insight and love of her family make her easy to love. Having grown up in another country, her confusion over common American phrases was entertaining.

I enjoyed this series very much and hate to see it reach its end. I am certain that the author will have another equally entertaining to offer her readers soon. Although I began my reviews with the final book, I plan to review the rest of the series asap. Please be on the look-out for those reviews.

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Time is running out for apprentice PI Elliot Ransom. She must find the information her father hid before he died or face devastating consequences. She’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves—even if it means sacrificing herself.

As a masked man taunts her, Elliot plunges herself into her father’s cloak-and-dagger world. Mastering the craft of being clandestine is a challenge. In order to survive, she must examine everything she thought to be true.

Will confronting her troubles ruin everything? Or will it provide Elliot’s family a new start? Either way, who would have ever thought being covert could cause such chaos?

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USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”

A Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have sold almost two million copies, and one is currently being developed as a movie.

Christy’s books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.

She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, her two sons, and her four dogs.

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