The Advocate's Geocache

The Advocate Series Book 7

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
309 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2017
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Author Biography

Teresa Burrell has dedicated her life to helping children and their families in both the courtroom and the classroom.

As an attorney in San Diego, Burrell maintained a private law practice for twelve years, which specialized in domestic, criminal, and civil cases. Her work in juvenile court focused on representing abused minors and juvenile delinquents. Burrell has received several awards and special recognition from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers for her countless hours of pro bono work with children and their families.

Burrell has also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher. She has taught children of all ages with diverse backgrounds and special needs. After creating an after-school program that kept kids off the street, she received a community service award.

Now in semi-retirement in California, Burrell continues to educate groups about social issues impacting children and write novels, many of which are inspired by actual legal cases. She is the author of The Advocate Series which now contains thirteen novels: The Advocate is the first in The Advocate Series. I have twelve more, The Advocate's Betrayal, The Advocate's Conviction, The Advocate’s Dilemma, The Advocate’s Ex Parte, The Advocate’s Felony, The Advocate’s Geocache, The Advocate’s Homicides, The Advocate's Illusion, The Advocate's Justice, The Advocate’s Killer, The Advocate's Labyrinth, and The Advocate's Memory. I have also started a second series with a character named Tuper who first appeared in Book #6, The Advocate's Felony. Those books are Mason's Missing, Finding Frankie and Recovering Rita.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

The Advocate’s Geocache by Teresa Burrell is the seventh novel in The Advocate Series. Sabre Brown, an attorney advocate for children in California, has a busy life that gets even busier when her newest hobby, geocaching, turns up an official death certificate dated ten days in the future. Sabre can’t resist the lure of this mystery and she enlists the aid of her current boyfriend, JP Torn, a private detective, and her best friend, fellow attorney Bob Clark, to track and solve the puzzle. Unable to stop the murder, the chase becomes a hunt for the killer and there are several suspects, not the least of whom could be one of her current court cases.

Jumping into the middle of a long running series is often difficult as there is no connection to the development of the characters and the author may assume the books will be read in order. The Advocate’s Geocache is a rare exception in that Burrell, a skilled and experienced author, deftly introduces each character with short, concise narrative that instantly captures the reader’s empathy, sympathy or dislike. Of particular delight for me was the efficiency with which the author weaves the ups and downs of everyday personal relationships into the main murder mystery plot, with effortless skill and realism. Last, but not least, the near inevitable series cliffhanger, often so steep you’re left wondering where the hell it came from, is totally absent in The Advocate’s Geocache. This tale ends conclusively and satisfactorily. As a new fan of Teresa Burrell, I suspect the same can be said for all of her books. I intend to find out.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Teresa Burrell has done it again! The Advocate’s Geocache is a perfect blend of fun and suspense. Sabre Brown remains devoted to her work as a child advocate attorney in San Diego. She and JP are in a good place in their relationship, and are putting effort into sharing each other’s interests. When out on a geocache adventure, they discover a mysterious cache. A Death Certificate dated for a future date. It may be nothing, or could be something - a hoax, a coincidence or truth. Suspense grows; the mystery heightens with each subsequent geocache. What started out as simple fun turns into a race to prevent death.

The Advocate’s Geocache by Teresa Burrell is an adventure of intrigue. Burrell’s writing style is very entertaining, her use of metaphors and similes always make me chuckle. They add a unique flair to her storytelling. The story is fast paced, moving from location to location on a hunt for truth. As a resident of San Diego county, it was fun following the trail of activity. I caught myself saying, “I know exactly where they are.” As the plot intensifies, the characters grow - doctors, politicians, attorneys, Hollywood wannabes, friends and family make up the cast of characters. Each character impacts the narrative in a critical way, adding an element of mystery. Page after page, the reader is captivated, wondering “who’s creating these geocaches?” It’s her, no it’s him - everyone is a suspect. Is this real or a sick prank? The Advocate’s Geocache keeps you guessing up to its end.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Advocate's Geocache is Book 7 of The Advocate Series by Teresa Burrell. Sabre Brown, attorney and children’s advocate, has an interesting hobby – geocaching, treasure hunting on the internet. When she and her sidekick Bob find the latest “treasure,” it stops being fun. A death certificate dated 10 days ahead, with a cause of death as murder by poison, is baffling, not just to Sabre but to private investigator JP Torn. The geocache leads her to more clues until she reveals one that points towards one of her own court cases – five children with four different fathers and a shallow mother who would rather see her children in foster care than give up chasing a dream. Can Sabre find the clues and prevent the murder before it happens? What has it got to do with these children? And do Sabre and JP finally get it together?

The Advocate’s Geocache (The Advocate Series Book 7) is another cracking read from Teresa Burrell. I had the advantage of having read the previous books in the series so I was already well acquainted with the main protagonists. However, Ms. Burrell provides sufficient character development for anyone who is reading this on its own to understand who the characters are and their backgrounds. The plot is clever, different, and I found I learned quite a bit about geocaching along the way as the author provided plenty of detail. There are a lot of twists and turns in this heart-stopping race against time, definitely not a book to read when you are distracted by other things! Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable book, and another great addition to the series.