Bait and switch, sleight of hand, and mind-boggling plot twists accompanied my initiation into the Leah Nash mysteries and Himmel, Wisconsin—a small town with a high murder rate!
When a local academic is murdered and the police are closing in on her ex-husband/ex-boyfriend, Nick, as the killer, Leah knows they are looking in the wrong direction. But how does she convince them of this?
Not without proof, and “consulting” on Nick’s legal defense gives her the avenues, if not the access, to ask the hard questions. But Leah has to ask herself the hard questions first. Nick is an ex for reason—he’s a consummate liar—and his endless lies about his whereabouts the night someone killed Laurel Sheridan only aid the police in their case against him.
Though her confidence takes a few knocks and bangs, Leah perseveres even when her judgment is clouded.
Leah is surrounded by some great folks in Himmel, with managing editor, Miguel, being my favorite, and they’re all a great support network for Leah. The exceptions to this are Courtnee and Andrea and I wonder why/how either of them are in Himmel. Sherry Young also isn’t a friend, but her brash exterior hides a heartbreaking story.
But it’s going to indirectly take most of Leah’s tribe to solve the murder of Laurel Sheridan. There is no direct path to the killer, but bits of old files and remembrances of prior conversations… and plain old curiosity gives Leah a lead to an angle she, nor anyone else could have imagined.
Coming into the series at book 5 puts me at a loss on much of Leah’s backstory, but I found her intrusive and controlling. To be fair, she was told this more a few times by those around her and she’s trying to reform… with missteps.
But a good investigative journalist has to be intrusive… and nosy, to turn and flip the pieces of the puzzle until they fit together. I may not be in love with her personality, but Leah Nash is a puzzle master and her dogged determination not only solves one murder but two others.
Dangerous Flaws is a page-turner. Is it the Father? Son? The scorned co-worker? Or is Nick Gallagher lying yet again and is the real killer? Download this read today.
A chilling murder shocks a small Wisconsin town.
True crime writer Leah Nash is stunned when police investigating the murder of a beautiful young college professor focus on her ex-husband Nick. Leah has no illusions about her ex, but despite his flaws, she just can’t see him as a killer. Reluctantly, she agrees to help Nick’s attorney prove that he isn’t.
But Nick’s lies make it hard to find the truth, and when a damning piece of evidence surfaces, Leah plunges into doubt. Is she defending an innocent man or helping a murderer escape? She pushes on to find out, uncovering hidden motives and getting hit by twists she never saw coming. Leah’s own flaws impede her search for the truth. When she finds it, will it be too late to prevent a devastating confrontation?
Published by: Himmel River Press
Publication Date: December 11th 2018
Number of Pages: 392
Series: Leah Nash Mysteries, Book 5
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