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Peek Inside Stranger in My House

When Kirby Swallow assumes her half sister’s identity to help figure out who's threatening her, she finds herself in way over her head. On the remote Texas ranch her sister calls home, she confronts a growing list of suspects and a rising body count. The only problem is the sexy ranch manager, Seth Maguire, is starting to catch on to the charade. The attraction between them is undeniable. But someone on the ranch is out for blood...and Kirby's next.

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She’s playing a dangerous game…


When Kirby Swallow assumes her half sister’s identity to help figure out who’s threatening her, she finds herself in way over her head. On the remote Texas ranch her sister calls home, she confronts a growing list of suspects and a rising body count—all while wearing her sister’s 4-inch heels. The only problem is the sexy ranch manager, Seth Maguire, is starting to catch on to the charade. The attraction between them is undeniable—and soon, what starts out as just a one-night stand, turns into something much deeper. But someone on the ranch is out for blood…and Kirby’s next.


Praise

"Highly recommend this one, it's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through!!" - Red Romance Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756700
Series: Murder in Texas, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 13, 2016
Page Count: 374
Imprint: select suspense
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: mistaken identity

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I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Stars
'Stranger in my House' by Mari Manning is book two in the "A Murder in Texas" series. This is the story of Kirby Swallow and Seth Maguire
Kirby is a Cop but not a local on in Texas where she is going... ...more

By Elaine June 12, 2016

This is a suspense filled murder mystery - with danger lurking everywhere!

Kirby Swallow has been brought up by her Grandfather and is feeling somewhat alone after his recent demise. When her near identical half sister, Frances (better known as Frankie) comes calling, battered and bruised asking f... ...more

By Tifferz June 20, 2016

4.5 Stars, 3 Flames
A failing ranch, a stubborn ranch manager, a spoiled heiress, and a lost half sister just trying to find her place clash in this novel by Mari Manning. Kirby Swallow recently lost her grandfather when her sister Frankie shows up at her door; bruised, scared, and begging for hel... ...more

By wrecked_life June 13, 2016

I loved it! Characters are amazing and so well-written. I enjoyed the mystery, the romance, and unexpected ending. It is a delightful read, a must for all book lovers.

When Kirby's half-sister arrives at her doorstep unexpectedly she thinks of it as good sign. But all is not well in the world of F... ...more

By April June 19, 2016

Stranger in my House' by Mari Manning is book two in the "A Murder in Texas" series and is the story of Kirby Swallow and Seth Maguire .
Kirby is a Cop but not local and Frankie is her sister . They tended to look a lot of alike, like twin sisters. Frankie is one of the heirs to a lot of money al... ...more

By Krystal May 25, 2016

On the plus side I felt that this was one of those rare stories that manages to perfectly walk the balance between romance and mystery. I was kept guessing who the culprit was, while still attracted to the romance between Kirby and Seth.

On the flip side of things - there were some reactions of ot... ...more

By DelAnne June 15, 2016

Title: Stranger In My House - A Murder in Texas 2
Author: Mari Manning
Published: 6-13-2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC / Select Suspense
Pages: 302
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Romance
ISBN: 9781633756700
ASIN: B01G1K38HY
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
R... ...more

Assuming her sister's identity isn't an ideal situation, but it's really the only way Kirby Swallow can sneak under the radar and investigate all the mysterious happenings on the ranch her sister currently lives on. Her sister wholeheartedly believes her life is in danger, and she is surrounded b... ...more

By Gigi June 17, 2016

When Kirby Swallow assumes her half sister’s identity to help figure out who's threatening her, she finds herself in way over her head. On the remote Texas ranch her sister calls home, she confronts a growing list of suspects and a rising body count—all while wearing her sister's 4-inch heels. Th... ...more

By Melanie June 19, 2016

If you love a good read with lots of suspense along with some romance thrown in, then I highly recommend this book! Mari Manning kept me on the edge of my seat with this one and made it a definite page turner for me.

Kirby is a young lady that was raised by her grandfather. Kirby has a twin siste... ...more

By Sparkymom June 11, 2016

When Kirby's half sister shows up out of the blue claiming her life is being threatened, Kirby feels obligated to help. She is a law enforcement officer and feels she can quickly put her detecting skills to use and find the culprit. Unfortunately, Frankie complicated matters by insisting Kirby go... ...more

By Amanda October 02, 2016

Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

I didn't know quite what to expect from this book since this is a new author to me, and I typically don't care for mysteries too much because I always figure them out way in advance. But this book really surprised me with how much I... ...more

By KS June 18, 2016

This is an Entangled: Select Suspense story which is a new Entangled genre for me. It is another Murder in Texas story from Mari Manning, but they are each stand-alones.

There is romance, suspense and intrigue. Kirby Swallow is a Tulsa cop who assumes her half-sister’s identity to figure out who i... ...more

By Cynthia October 27, 2016

Kirby has lost everyone in her family but her estranged half sister. When she gets a call from her in a panic saying someone was trying to killer her. No one the wiser they could be twins she takes on her sister’s identity to help find the people after her sister. There are always two sides to ev... ...more

By Heather July 19, 2016

This book was a pleasant surprise for me; having recently read several "suspense/romance" books that fell incredibly short I didn't have high hopes for this book. All too often you can almost immediately figure out the "who done it" and why in these types of books, but this was left me guessing r... ...more

By Denise June 14, 2016

This is my first time in reading this author with me wishing I had also read the first one in this series too. She is good at keeping me interested enough with her intrigue while blending it with the characters that the drama is happening too. The romance fits right in there too hence the reason... ...more

By Bette June 08, 2016

An excellent romantic suspense that had my attention from the very first page. Kirby is a great character and she's willing to do anything for her half sister. The only real family she has left. So going to her sister's ranch and posing as Frankie seems easy enough. While she may fool most of the... ...more

By Robin June 16, 2016

Some romance, mystery and suspense. Kirby pretends to be her half sister Frankie to help solve the disappearance of Frankie's mother and who is trying to stop them from inheriting a ranch. When she arrives at the ranch, she meets Seth who seems to realize there's something not quite right about "... ...more

By Mignon June 12, 2016

This was a fun, intense read! I'm not one for stories of deception, so Kirby acting as Frankie should have turned me away from the book, but it was done extremely well and the reason was justified for the reader. I did, though, feel a bit lost at the beginning -- it felt like we were starting a b... ...more

By Nikki May 18, 2016

Kirby Swallow has lost her entire family, except for her estranged half-sister. When Frankie calls her in a panic stating that people are trying to kill her, Kirby lets her hide out in her home and she becomes her near identical sister to track down the bad guys.

When she arrives on the ranch that... ...more

By Sara June 20, 2016

Stranger in my House was a great romantic suspense read. There was tension, action, suspense and romance. I enjoyed the read, the characters were intriguing, and added flair to the story. Miss Bea and cousin Eenie were interesting and suspicious, and the other characters were all suspects at one... ...more

By Katrina June 03, 2016

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

A wonderfully done romantic mystery, Stranger in my House by Mari Manning is Book 2 of the A Murder in Texas series. The author has put together great characters, a captivating storyline and a surprise twist ending that you won’t see coming.... ...more

By Linda May 15, 2016

LOVED this book! Kirby, a police officer, assumes her sister's identity to figure out what happened to her mother. As soon as Kirby arrives, she is treated with disdain, has her car keys taken away, and has her activities closing monitored.

This is a quickly moving tale that romantic suspense fan... ...more

By Ree May 19, 2016

This was a very good read. It's not often that a romantic suspense keeps you so enthralled about both sides of the story (romance & suspense).

Kirby's half-sister Frankie is all she has left in the world. So when Frankie asks for help, she drops everything and rushes to Texas. There, she reali... ...more

By Vero December 14, 2016


This is Book 2 in the "A Murder in Texas" Series and my first by Mari Manning. This book can be read as a standalone.

The suspense and romance in this book is very well done and the chemistry between Kirby and Seth is intense and hot. The book has mystery,angst, great secondary characters and a v... ...more

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4.08 avg Goodreads.com rating
Mari Manning

About the author

Mari Manning

Let's start with the fun stuff: I love small towns, mysteries, quiet men, laughter, old-fashioned spaghetti dinners. I love boots and shopping and jokes and Hershey's dark chocolate and white wine. I love lots of things. But my first love is reading. I love to read. Just about anything, but it has to be well-written. I go through periods where I am into historical novels or romance or mystery or history or biography. I never know when my desires will suddenly change. Now for the writer-ish, official stuff: Mari Manning is the author of several contemporary romances and three romantic suspense novels set in the Texas Hill Country. Stranger at My Door is the first in her A Murder in Texas series. The second, Stranger in My House will be published by Entangled later this year. The third book in the series is Stranger in My Bed. Currently, Mari is working on a series of cozy mysteries. She and her husband live in the Chicago area.

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