Oct 182019
 

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

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About Better Watch Out


Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Henery Press (October 15, 2019)
Hardcover: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115108
ISBN-13: 978-1635115109
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115078
ISBN-13: 978-1635115079
Digital ASIN: B07VQST5YT

Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.

Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.

Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.

Praise for Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

Christina Freeburn has written a wonderful tale of festivities, family, fun ….. and murder!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

For me, the Christmas setting was the strongest element of the entire book. Imagine finding a body in the midst of a Christmas parade with all the trimmings. That should give you a taste of the story…one of the most delightful Christmas cozy mysteries I’ve read in recent times.
~My Devotional Thoughts

 About Christina Freeburn

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

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Jan 292019
 

Not a Creature Was Stirring
(Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

About the Book

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – West Virginia
Henery Press (January 22, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1635114373
ISBN-13: 978-1635114379
Digital ASIN: B07K1MFQ7T

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.

But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.

With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

With a name like Merry Winters, you just know she is going to love Christmas. She also loves crafting and her family. Merry is going through a rough time adjusting to her kids moving out on their own and a recent divorce, so she decides to throw herself into her crafts. When she gets the opportunity to purchase on RV she jumps at it because she believes it is the perfect way to take her crafts on the road, traveling to craft shows far and wide. She even buys a pet to take with her, Ebenezer, a guinea pig.

Her first trip in her new RV is to the Christmas Holiday Bazaar in Morgantown, not too far from her home in Season’s Greetings, West Virginia. When she arrives she notices an odd smell. Thinking the former owner, her ex-stepdaughter left something in one of the compartments that had now spoiled she starts to look around. But it isn’t rotting food she finds, it’s her ex-husband, very dead and stinking to high heaven. When the police arrive Merry becomes their #1 suspect. She can’t believe they actually think she killed him and hid him in the RV she is driving around. She knows she has to find the real killer or Santa will be delivering her presents to her in jail. Behind bars is not how she imagined celebrating her favorite time of year.

I loved this story. Merry Winters has had a wonderful life after a precarious start. She has a huge heart and believes the best in everyone which at times can be her downfall. We do share a love of crafting and I miss doing the crafts I love. That is why I enjoy cozy mysteries like this one. I can live vicariously through the characters.

I don’t share her love of guinea pigs though. Ebenezer runs free through her house and does add some humorous moments. My guinea pig experience was not good. Our older children each had one and soon their care fell to me and cleaning their cages daily is an experience I would love to forget. They did enjoy their playtime, inside and out, but that was limited. I was glad their time with us was short.

Fittingly set in the holiday season, complete with a blizzard was great. Made me feel right at home as similar weather was happening here in Wisconsin as I was reading. I could relate to Merry’s worries about driving the RV on snowy slippery roads and her concern that the RV may not be the best choice for cold weather without some major renovations.

The mystery was fast paced with several surprising twists including unexpected suspects. The author has crafted a unique mystery and I really enjoyed the way she told this story. I was engaged the entire way and captivated by the way everything came together in the end.

Great characters, (I loved their names), an excellent plot, and a fun setting gave me everything I look for in a quality cozy mystery. I am excited to see where Ms. Freeburn takes us in book two.

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About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

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Praise for Not a Creature Was Stirring
(Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

This book was the right mix of Christmas cheer, family relationships, mystery, and community.
~Carla Loves to Read

If you love Christmas, you really do need to read this book. Christmas oozes from every page. Whether it’s talk of Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas crafts, or comparing people to characters from Christmas stories, you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit.
~Carstairs Considers….

What made this cozy mystery delightful for me was the settings, of course (all that snow!) but mainly the character of Merry Winters. Here is an individual we ought to all admire: a genuinely GOOD person, ready to think the best of everybody and to exert the effort to help and comfort anyone in need.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

Not A Creature Was Stirring is fast-paced, funny, and filled with a quirky cast of characters. I devoured this book in a couple of days.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

This is a story about new possibilities and old insecurities, some relationships and choices revisited, some regret . . . The characters are complicated and have “interesting“ relationships.
~Laura’s Interests

An intriguing mystery and themes of Christmas and crafting make NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING a fun holiday read.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

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Apr 152016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I had every book in this series except the first one, this one, either on my shelf or on my kindle. I always try to read series books in order. Last week I decided I had waited long enough to start this series so I bought this book and I am upset that I waited so long.

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Cropped to Death
(A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – West Virginia
Henery Press (November 20, 2012)
Paperback: 290 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1938383069
E-Book ASIN: B00A8RBYO6
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Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Faith Hunter has a past. Her dismissal from the Army is a bit unclear, it is something she wants to keep to herself. Her grandmothers think she needs a new man in her life and they have no problem pushing and nudging one specific man her way. She is happy managing their scrapbooking shop, Scrap This, and taking things easy for now.

She is excited about a local Art Fair her grandmothers have organized. The shop has a booth and is running a couple of contests so she hopes it will draw some new customers.

Trouble arises before the fair barely starts. Then it turns major when someone is murdered and Faith’s friend, Marilyn is the prime suspect. It’s a sticky mess and Faith feels she needs to try to paste the clues together to help. It was kinda her fault that Marilyn was arrested.

I really like that characters in this story. Faith is trying so hard to keep her secret and protect her heart. Her grandmothers, Hope and Cheryl,  just want her to be happy. Steve Davis, the easy on the eyes prosecutor, is the man Hope and Cheryl would like to see their granddaughter matched with but hunky Homicide Detective Roget may have some designs on her himself.  The dialogue between the characters is well written.

The scrapbook theme is fun and sparked my creative juices.

The mystery itself was very intriguing and while I knew who the culprit couldn’t be I truly didn’t know who did it until right along with Faith. The ending was full of suspense.

The author blends a good dose of humor throughout the book too. This little snippet made me giggle.

“We should unlock the door,” Cheryl said. “Are you sure?” Hope asked. “It looks like someone said George Clooney was here giving out his phone number.” 

This story was a great introduction to this series. All the cozy elements are present, great characters, a charming small town, and a murder with plenty of suspects.  I plan to read the rest of the books available in this series very soon.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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Jul 032014
 

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Lost and Found
by Christina Freeburn

lostthenfoundcoverart72dpiLost Then Found
(New Beginnings)

First in Series
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc (April 13, 2014)
Paperback: 180 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1612527505
E-Book File Size: 479 KB
ASIN: B0061XJJKC
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Synopsis

The hope of a future for the broken begins in Mourning.

Skip-tracer Renee Stratford-Knight’s life plan changed upon her sister’s murder. Instead of using her skills to find people, Renee opened New Beginnings a firm specializing in “vanishing” abused women. Now her ex-husband -and former business partner – Jonas Knight reenters her life asking about her most vulnerable client.

Jonas knows his ex-wife helped embezzler Gina Howard elude the authorities and intends to bring the young woman to justice. When Renee is threatened, Jonas grows suspicious of his client’s reason for finding his niece.

In order to uncover the secret a teenager girl disappeared to keep, and a killer wants silenced, Jonas and Renee must struggle through distrust and the pain of their pasts to work together to save the life of teenage girl – and their own.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an exceptional start for this series. Freeburn draws you right in as the reader strives to understand what broke up Renee and Jonas Knight. Both are skip-tracers but Renee is taking her skills in a different direction. They soon find their cases are intertwined so it is hard for them to avoid each other.  Plus there is a huge secret that is revealed and changes everything.

These characters are so fully developed from the start. You know Renee’s faith is a huge part of her life and she leans on it heavily in her work. She helps to relocate battered women, a cause that touched her family personally. Jonas was abandoned as a child and really doesn’t have much faith at all. He has serious trust issues and takes on a burden that is not really his.

This is an inspirational story in that Renee prays for God’s help throughout the book. She wants to do the right things, trust the right people and follow God’s path for her life but she has a really hard time with forgiveness.

There are several supporting characters that also shine in this story. Renee’s brother Alex and her friend Danita work with Renee at New Beginnings. She is confident is Danita’s abilities but is afraid to let Alex get too involved. She wants to keep her little brother safe. Renee’s parents also help battered women and are working to set up a shelter.

The author has given us a suspenseful plot while blending in the spiritual and romantic elements flawlessly.

This is a cause near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled with the way Christina Freeburn highlights this type of violence in this series. Although I have learned from family experience domestic violence cuts both ways. It is not always the woman or children that are the abused parties.

I can’t wait to read, Led Astray (New Beginnings Book 2)!!

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About This Author

Christina Freeburn is a full-time writers and focuses on stories with characters, especially heroines, overcoming their pasts and striving to help the down-trodden turn around their lives. The stories are sometimes told with humor, other times serious, but always with heart.

The New Beginning Series includes the books: LOST THEN FOUND, LED ASTRAY, SAFE AND SOUND, LONG GONE, and FAR AWAY.

She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, dog, and rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.

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May 132014
 

place i belongThe Place I Belong
(A Whisper Horse Novel)

3rd Book in Series
Contemporary Romance
Montlake Romance (June 3, 2014)
Paperback: 348 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477823002
E-Book ASIN: B00HNLCS0Y
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Nancy Herkness invites readers back to Sanctuary, West Virginia, in Book Three of the award-winning Whisper Horse series.

Fleeing professional scandal and a broken engagement, veterinarian Hannah Linden abandons Chicago for the mountain town of Sanctuary, West Virginia, hoping to put her troubles with men and the media behind her. But when she encounters world-famous chef Adam Bosch, she finds herself increasingly drawn to the charming but darkly complex man and his troubled teenage son, Matt. Adam, a recovering alcoholic, fears he can never be a worthy father to the surly, distant boy he has just come to know, and enlists Hannah’s help in his struggle to connect with his son.

Hoping to coax Matt out of his shell, Hannah introduces the boy to an ailing brown pony who has the power to change his view of the world. But can the determined little whisper horse prove to Hannah, Adam, and Matt that they were meant to be a family?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

She did it again. Nancy Herkness continues to write books I quickly find myself lost in. This whole Whisper Horse theme touches me. I wish I had a whisper horse!!

All the main characters in this story are broken. Hannah was blamed for something any caring person who have done and the man that is supposed to love her turns his back on her. Adam had a very rough upbringing and his self esteem is lower than low. He tries to escape into his work but knows something is missing.  Matt just lost his mother and is sent to his father, a man he doesn’t know  at all.  Heck Adam didn’t know about him either.

Herkness has written a wonderful story that is more than just a romance, these three people are almost reborn as they are surrounded by the caring community of Sanctuary, West Virginia. Don’t worry, there are a few steamy romantic scenes too.

The author paints pictures so easily with her  words. I could easily see all three of stories as movies.  I love this escape!!

 

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About This Author
Nancy Herkness’ The Place I Belong (A Whisper Horse Novel) follows Take Me Home, the first in the Whisper Horse series and Country Roads, the second in the series, published by Montlake Romance. Her previous two contemporary romances, A Bridge To Love (Berkley Sensation) and Shower of Stars, were originally published by Berkley Sensation. Music of the Night was her first romantic suspense novel.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc., and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Leaf, the Write Touch Readers’ Award and the Aspen Gold.

Nancy graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing. A native of West Virginia, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.

Find out more about Nancy on her webpage here.

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Aug 232013
 

country roadsCountry Roads
(A Whisper Horse Novel)

Book 2 in Series
Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance (September 17, 2013)
Paperback: 376 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477807699
E-Book File Size: 799 KB
ASIN: B00BNERT7E

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Julia Castillo knows she is a talented artist. Her work has sold at top prices at several galleries. But her uncle believes her new work is too much of a departure from her previous paintings. He has taken care of her and been her agent since her parents moved overseas. He has tried to protect her from everything the world has to offer, including any negative criticism her work may receive.

Julia has made the decision to show her family she can take care of herself. The first step is connect with someone who loves her work and find out if her new work is as good as she thinks it is. She loads up her paintings and heads to a gallery in Sanctuary, West Virginia.

Julia is going to find herself tested like she never has before. Will her new work be accepted by the art world? How will a huge black stallion change her life? Will her heart open up to a handsome country lawyer, a man with a whole set of obstacles in his own life? Can she keep an important secret from all the new people in her life?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This the second Nancy Herkness story I have lost myself in. Take Me Home was the first. Like that one this was a wonderful story.  The groundwork about “whisper horses” was all laid out in that story so this one really took us into Julia’s and Paul’s lives.

Julia grew by leaps and bounds in a very short time, beautifully written and perfectly paced by Herkness. Paul’s awakening finally was reached by the end of the book thanks to another character’s wake up call. Julia was driven my several forces including the force of one huge horse who needed her as much as she needed him. Paul was resigned to his life and didn’t see any future of change until Julia entered his life.

This is a passionate story of two people finding their way together while keeping promises they made and trying not hurt their families in any way.There are some very steamy scenes between Paul and Julia. Their romance burned up more than a few pages.

A extraordinary romance. The author painted lovely and powerful images in my mind. I wish Julia’s work was real so I could see if my thoughts even come close to the real thing.

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About This Author
Nancy Herkness’ Country Roads (A Whisper Horse Novel) out September 17,  follows Take Me Home the first in the Whisper Horse series published by Montlake Romance. Her previous two contemporary romances, A Bridge To Love (Berkley Sensation) and Shower of Stars, were originally published by Berkley Sensation. Music of the Night was her first romantic suspense novel.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc., and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Leaf, the Write Touch Readers’ Award and the Aspen Gold.

Nancy graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing. A native of West Virginia, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.

Find out more about Nancy on her webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Apr 192013
 

TAKE ME HOME

Take Me Home
1st book in the Whisper Horse Series
Contemporary Romance
Montlake Romance (November 6, 2012)
Paperback: 331 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1612186030
E-Book File Size: 967 KB
ASIN: B0089NUKS2

Take Me Home

When Claire Parker left Sanctuary, West Virginia, she thought it was for good. She never dreamed she would return and be sharing her problems with a “whisper horse”. She has been through an ugly divorce and now is taking care of her ailing sister who is facing some trials of her own. An abused Thoroughbred mare has come to her rescue and they have formed a special bond. She also got to meet the handsome vet who is treating the horse’s wounds.

Dr. Tim Arbuckle, was devastated by his wife’s death and is having a hard time opening his heart again. Claire has stirred emotions he thought were deeply buried and the bond gets stronger when her whisper horse falls gravely ill.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What a wonderful story. I needed to read a romance I could loose myself in and this one was excellent. Set in the majestic mountains of West Virginia with believable characters in real situations, I truly loved this story.

There is a lot happening in this story and I was surprised how quickly I reached the end. It is so well written and perfectly paced. I enjoyed Claire and Tim’s story and I am hoping Holly’s story continues as this is supposed to be a series. The supporting characters are rich and I definitely what more.

This book had me wishing for my own whisper horse. What a fantastic idea! I wonder if Willow has friends in the pastures of Wisconsin.

This may have been my first experience with this author but it definitely won’t be my last.

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Dollycas

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Nancy Herkness’ current release Take Me Home is the first in the Whisper Horse series published by Montlake Romance. Her previous two contemporary romances, A Bridge To Love (Berkley Sensation) and Shower of Stars, were originally published by Berkley Sensation. Music of the Night was her first romantic suspense novel.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc., and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Leaf, the Write Touch Readers’ Award and the Aspen Gold.

Nancy graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing. A native of West Virginia, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Amazon Vine. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Jan 032013
 

DEAN ON ICE

Dead on Ice:
A Lovers In Crime Mystery

1st in Series
Mystery
Acorn Book Services (September 10, 2012)
Paperback: 234 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985726737
E-Book File Size: 1463 KB
ASIN: B0091I2IH0

Dead on Ice

This is the first book in a series featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

When a group of people get together to clean out the home of a long time resident they barely escape with their lives. Someone had planted a bomb in the house that was discovered just seconds before it blew. While investigating the explosion an old freezer was found in the basement almost unscathed. The contents were very surprising – a body. A body that is connected to another murder committed back in 1978. It is up to Joshua and Cameron to find out sort out the clues and determine just who put this body on ice.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is my first book by the this author and have learned these characters were introduced in one of her other series.  Cameron’s cat who happens to look just like a skunk is her full time ride along partner. Irving adds a bit of humor to what could have been a very heavy story.  The story has the expected twists and turns and there are several possible suspects. These people have a lot of secrets that made the ending a bit of a surprise.

There is plenty of room for these characters to grow and evolve as the series moves forward. The jurisdictional issues were a bit confusing at first and the characters cross city, county and state lines throughout the story. Who was in charge or lead the investigation continued to swap back and forth as Joshua was building his case and Cameron was trying to solve hers. I look forward to seeing how this is dealt with in future installments. I am also anxious to see how Joshua’s and Cameron’s relationship goes forward. There could be many trials and tribulations as they try to move forward as the careers will continue to get in the way.

Lauren Carr will be an author I will continue to watch. She has set up a solid foundation for her new series.

still at the beach but not as tranquil

3 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Aug 242012
 

A Killing in the Hills
(Bell Elkins Novels)

First in Series
Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books (August 21, 2012)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250003485

A Killing in the Hills

Bell Elkins grew up in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. After a tragic upbringing that includes a fire and the death of her father, she then goes from foster home to foster home. She goes away to college, gets married and has a child. She feels drawn to return to Acker’s Gap to make a difference. Her marriage falls apart and she takes her daughter home to West Virginia. She runs and is elected prosecuting attorney for Raythune County. The county has a serious drug problem and Bell is determined to clean up the county.

While Bell is working on another tragic case where a child was killed she learns that 3 elderly men have been gunned down in a local diner. The same diner where her now 17 year old daughter Carla was waiting for her Bell to her up. The eatery was full of witnesses but it happened so fast no one really saw the shooter. Why were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted? Was it random? Drug related? Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be able to help her mother do her job. Bell vows to find and bring the killer to justice not knowing her daughter may already know who he is or that Carla may be putting herself in danger to help her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A Great Debut to a new series!!

Julie Keller has created some wonderfully flawed characters and set them loose in West Virginia.

This first story has more than one mystery for readers to follow and she has woven them together seamlessly. We learn about Belfa’s (yes, that her real name) past and her dysfunctional family that made her the woman she is today. A young boy is killed and Bell has to decide how to move forward charging a mentally challenged 28 year old. Three elderly residents are gunned down by an unknown assailant. Add to that Bell’s teenage daughter going through normal growing pains and then she witnesses this terrible shooting.

Bell has a true friend in the sheriff and he is there to walk with her through the mayhem and he does his best to protect her. I love the meetings over pieces of pie as they try to sort out the clues. Last one to arrive buys the pie!

Bell has a lot on her plate besides her job a prosecuting attorney for the county. Her sister has just been paroled from prison and her daughter would rather be living with her dad. With this a foundation has been laid for the series moving forward. Bell is a strong woman with a noble agenda that will probably get her in lot of trouble.

One of my favorite parts of this story was Bell driving in the mountains to question the mother of the mentally challenged suspect. The author’s description of the winding roads, cliff drop offs, up and down the mountains, made me feel like I was right in the vehicle holding on for dear life. Extra tension was added when she was being followed. It was a white knuckle moment holding on to my kindle as I couldn’t read the pages fast enough.

I am looking forward to my return to this “shabby afterthought of a town”. If you are a mystery lover you too will enjoy this story.

Dollycas

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About This Author

Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University, then later earned a doctoral degree in English Literature at Ohio State University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton and Ohio State Universities, and the University of Notre Dame. She is an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Julia lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

Check out her website at www.juliakeller.net

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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