If I Should Die, (Lucy Kincaid # 3), brings aspiring FBI agent Lucy Kincaid and her boyfriend Sean Rogan to the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. Thanks to Sean’s employment with Rogan-Caruso-Kincaid Investigations, the couple is diverted to Spruce Lake where sabotage and arson is the name of the game in an attempt to stop a pair of brothers from building an Inn there in order to bring in much needed revenue to the town itself.
Things become dicey when Sean chases the teenaged arsonist, and upon confronting him, falls into a deep crevice of an abandoned mine and is injured. Lucy, ever the resilient and resourceful person that she is, climbs down and rescues Sean. That, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Lucy smells something off, and soon discovers the dead body of a woman laid out like someone was protecting her whereabouts. How long has the unknown woman been there?
After calling the police, who are about as useless as a politician in DC, the body goes missing and Lucy and Sean feel as though the residents of Spruce Lake are hiding something deep and disturbing. This opens up a lot unwanted attention and mysteries as to who exactly is involved and what truly is happening in the small town of Spruce Lake.
Does the town actually not want the resort, or is something darker and more nefarious happening in and around the town that has people scared to death that others might find out?
This book is a mystery from the onset marked by the determination of those involved in the drug trade, to keep outsiders away from the town and eliminate anyone who gets in the way.
The villain, who is a psychotic female, is as nasty as they come. She has made it her goal to take over the town and go into an alliance with a major gun runner who would then ship his arms of death and destruction to other parts of the world. She has pretty much killed off, or put in jail anyone who has stood in her way, including her own brother.
Thankfully, Lucy and Sean are not alone in this investigation and realize they are head and heels in trouble of not getting out alive. Special Agent Noah Armstrong, as well as Lucy’s brother Patrick Kincaid, show up and help the couple solve the would be mystery.
In the book, Lucy Kincaid continues to ask herself why she can’t tell Sean she loves him, and of course, there is Patrick not really thinking anyone is good enough for his sister who was nearly tortured to death 7 years ago. Of course, as a would be FBI agent Lucy and Sean’s relationship is fraught with dangers that other couples don’t have to worry about. Sean doesn’t much care for the rules, and thus where the conflict originates from her families concerns about where the relationship is heading and whether or not Sean is actually a good fit for her as a would be representative of the FBI.
Then, of course, you have the whole does Noah also have feelings for Lucy or not? Thankfully, Brennan doesn’t forgo her sanity and drive the storyline based on a silly idea of a 3-way love triangle.
For fans of this series, there is also a novella at the end of the book called Love is Murder that takes place time wise right after Love Me to Death.
**Plenty of kissing and one sexual encounter between Lucy and Sean*