Life Lines by Sue Vincent

Beautiful poetry and a great review!

Myths of the Mirror

As we celebrate our dear story-teller, poet, blogger, and wise-woman Sue Vincent, I’d thought I would share my favorite book of her poetry.

Below is a sublimely beautiful poem from its pages, and my review. If you enjoy it, consider picking up a copy for own heart’s enjoyment. ❤

Flowers

by Sue Vincent

There were always flowers.

Orchids pinned upon a mother’s breast,

All lace and diamonds.

Long black gloves

And painted lips,

As she left, laughing.

A child who watched

As the door closed.

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There were flowers…

Yellow tulips,

Cellophane and ribbon

A girl who blushed

As the curtain fell

Upon the stage;

She cradled them,

A first bouquet.

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There were flowers,

Roses and lilies

White, in hands and hair,

Their fragrance mingled

With frankincense,

A ghost of awe and wonder

Finding a home

In memory.

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There were flowers…

Rainbow hued,

Everywhere.

Greeting a life newborn,

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#BookReview “The Widow Catcher” by Jonette Blake

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February 1-28, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Delia Frost always does the right thing.

From perfect daughter and student to good wife and mother, she always does what’s expected of her, seldom pushing back.

Years of long hours and overwork lead Delia’s husband, Richard, to a heart attack. As he convalesces, Delia is torn… filled with resentment from once again having to be the caregiver, but also terrified from almost losing the love of her life.

However, when Richard buys their two children plane tickets to anywhere they want to go and announces he wants to take their gifted motorhome on the road… for a year, Delia’s resentment grows. She likes her life just the way it is and doesn’t want to traipse around Australia for a year in a tin can on wheels. But putting herself last again, Delia agrees to go.

Leaving her head teller position is harder than Delia imagined, so when a coworker invites her to his monthly book club meeting, she accepts. It’s one last chance to do something solely for herself before she and Richard hit the road.

Delia imagined a book club led by an aging film star would be more glamorous and exciting, but she feels out of place with the quirky group of elderly women. After one visit with the group though, Delia wonders if the recent deaths were not accidents or random turns of fate, but something more sinister? And what does she have to do with this deadly game she’s being pulled in to?

With a nod to the movie, Gaslight, Delia soon loses control of her life. Though she knows she’s being targeted, she too wonders if she’s losing her mind.

A character to root for, I didn’t always like Delia. I can’t fault her for being true to her character, but there were so many times I wished she said what she was thinking. I can’t say people took advantage of her, but she was extremely predictable… which is what gives the serial killer the advantage.

Sociopaths are smart, which is why The Widow Catcher goes undetected for so long, but they’re also nuts, and getting away with so much for so long brings out the crazy in this twisty read.

This read has a great cast of characters who could be an awesome support network for Delia. But, she has to first see them as support and allow them to be there for her. It just may save her life in more ways than one.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

 

Delia Frost loves her job at the bank. She loves her customers, most of whom are elderly. She doesn’t love the idea of quitting her job to travel around Australia in a motor home with her husband who is recovering from a heart attack. And she can’t bring herself to tell him that she doesn’t want to go.

Days before she quits her job, she is invited to a book club meeting, run by a local celebrity. This seems like a beacon of hope, one last chance to do something for herself before she leaves it all behind.

But this isn’t a random invitation.

Delia has been carefully selected by a serial killer to play her part in the murders of elderly widows.

​Finding herself caught in a web of blackmail and murder, Delia is now keen to leave this town behind. But the killer doesn’t want to let her go.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller

Published by: Jonette Blake

Publication Date: August 27th 2020

Number of Pages: 260

ISBN: 9798675198726

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#BookReview “The Visitor (Corrupted Genes Book 1)” by Louvie G. Tucker

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5/5 Stars!

It’s 2109 and Peter Weekly is a timid genmod technician in the country of Nusa. Life in Nusa is perfection personified and rigidly governed. No one breaks the rules because they’re content with life in their utopia of fair-skinned citizens who have everything they want or need.

Thirty-two-year-old Peter lives in a state of constant anxiety. It’s his job to ensure couples have the perfect children of their dreams who will fit into Nusan society. He also strives to be the perfect Nusan, but life always feels off. He thinks the couples vain and selfish for the modifications they want in their children. He fears his actions and thoughts could betray him and cause the deporters to come for him.

But even more than that, Peter fears the Susans who live in the country south of Nusa.

He’s never seen a Susan. Few people have, but the dark-skinned, barbaric people are a constant threat to the people of Nusa.

At least that’s what their government tells them.

However, when Peter and his fierce, rule-breaking friend, Sasha Deen, encounter a Susan, he’s not only shaken… and embarrassed at the depths of his fear, but also his confusion. The Susan, Aetius, isn’t an ignorant barbarian, but intelligent, reasonable, and possesses what appears to be superhuman abilities.

If the Nusan government is so wrong about Susans, could they be wrong about everything else?

The Visitor is sharp, smart science fiction! Though a bit slow in the beginning, it soon picks up and becomes a page-turner. Peter struggles with indecision and fear for most of the read, but Sasha is a strong, straight-forward woman who does not suffer fools easily, and Aetius is a man out of time and space who just wants to go home.

Though ninety years into the future, the parallels with present-day issues are obvious, and Peter Weekly represents the common man who wants to live his life on his own terms without pretense or prejudice.

Good writing, good plot, good characters! Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

Enjoy!

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Nusans don’t cause trouble. Peter is a good Nusan. Single, annoyed with his best friend’s constant blind dates, and comfortably provided for with his job as a genmod technician, he spends his days telling expectant parents what their unborn children will look like. For a fee, he can modify physical and mental traits.

To ensure Nusa’s perfect society, however, it is law that all babies must be born with white skin, an IQ 120 or above, and without any illnesses or disabilities. These modifications are free of charge. It’s the law. And good Nusans obey the law. The people of Susa, however, are known to be troublemakers.

Thank goodness the dark-skinned Susans all live south of the border, in Susa. The closest Peter ever has to come to a dangerous Susan is either on the silver screen being vanquished by a heroic Nusan hero or on the news as deporters — the force charged to keep Nusa safe — prepare to send them south to Susa.

That is, until a dark-skinned visitor is suddenly inside the four walls of Peter’s quiet existence. Snarky. Irreverent and without any regard for the rules, the stranger should be a Susan but is he? Why is he claiming to have fallen from the stars?

Everything Peter knows is suddenly in question and even his status as a good Nusan is under threat as deporters seek him out on suspicion of a capital crime. Has Peter caused trouble?

Life as Peter has known it is fragile. Can he survive long enough to learn the truth? And will he even want to believe it once he finds it?

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#BookReview “The Things That Last Forever: A Vic Lenoski Mystery” by Peter W. J. Hayes

On Tour: January 1 – February 28, 2021

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4/5 Stars!

Vic Lenoski’s life nose-dived when his teenage daughter, Dannie, was taken. Clues to her whereabouts led him nowhere. He lost himself inside a bottle, and his wife, Anne, moved out.

As the seasoned detective fights to reclaim his life, new information leads him to the woman who may know where his daughter is. But it was a setup and Vic arrives in time to catch the woman, Cora Stills, or save his partner, Liz, trapped inside a burning house.

As he recuperates from the injuries he sustained saving Liz, Vic has too many questions and no answers. Who tipped Cora off? Why isn’t there a major investigation into the attempted murder of a cop? Why is the DA trying to dial down the murder of a crooked public defender? Will he ever catch up to Cora again and find Dannie?

A cop who believes in the letter of the law, Vic will skirt the fringes of what’s ethically and morally right to find his daughter. Following leads and his instincts, he will travel from Pittsburgh to North Dakota and find out the depths of the human trafficking ring, and the truth about his daughter.

As much a character study as it is a suspenseful mystery, The Things That Last Forever is a page-turner from the beginning. With the deck stacked purposely against him, Vic must do the wrong things for the right reasons… not just to bring his daughter home, but to find the truth. He knows his life will never go back to the way it was before, but he needs to heal his soul.

The ending is bittersweet and satisfying, and realistic, and helps to make this a read that will stay with you long after the last page.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

 

After a house fire hospitalizes his partner and forces him onto medical leave, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police detective Vic Lenoski starts a desperate search for the woman who set the blaze. She is the one person who knows what happened to his missing teenage daughter, but as a fugitive, she’s disappeared so thoroughly no one can find her.

Risking his job and the wrath of the district attorney, Vic resorts to bargaining with criminal suspects for new leads, many of which point to North Dakota. He flies there, only to discover he is far from everything he knows, and his long-cherished definitions of good and bad are fading as quickly as his leads. His only chance is one last audacious roll of the dice. Can he stay alive long enough to discover the whereabouts of his daughter and rebuild his life? Or is everything from his past lost forever?

“The mystery plot itself is riveting…a captivating and emotionally intelligent crime drama.” — Kirkus Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery: Police Procedural

Published by: Level Best Books

Publication Date: August 1, 2020

Number of Pages: 294

ISBN: 978-1-947915-56-5

Series: A Vic Lenoski Mystery; Pittsburgh Trilogy #3 || Each is a Stand Alone Mystery

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#BookReview “Mint” by S. R. Wilsher

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5/5 Stars!

Whenever I read a book, there is a quote, theme, catch-phrase, or emotion that defines the story for me and stays with me long after the ending. In the case of Mint, it’s one word… toxic.

Small towns are famous for their gossips and troublemakers, but the author has populated this small English seaside town with so many horrid characters, I wondered why anyone would want to live there.

While his life was defined and directed by toxicity, James Philip Andrew “Mint” Minter is a likable and sympathetic character. I also liked his mother, Abigail Hudson, who adored her son almost as much as the father he shared a name and birth-date with. However, Mint’s father died before his birth, and it’s Abi’s desire to move on and the bad choices she makes, that change the direction of Mint’s life.

After spending nine years in prison, Mint returns to the town he hates not to the loving arms of his mom, but to view her body in a morgue, her death ruled a suicide. But he knew Abi better than anyone and knows she would never take her life. Mint’s determined to find the truth about Abi’s death even if it means facing down George, his abusive bully of a stepfather, and Micky, the woman he once loved whose betrayal sent him to prison. He also needs to find Lara, his sixteen-year-old half-sister who’s been missing since their mother’s body was found.

The story is told in two main timelines: the history and events leading up to Mint’s incarceration and his release nearly a decade later. There are also several points of view throughout the story and I found them neither excessive nor confusing. Each voice pulled me deeper into the story and also proved there’s at least one whack-job serial killer loose in town.

Deftly written, Mint is both poignant and heartbreaking, and caustic and brutal. The unique ending is twisty and satisfying, but it’s events two-thirds into the story that ripped my heart out. I didn’t see it coming and I wasn’t ready. However, in a weird way, it made me smile and give a silent nod to the author. I was set up! HA!

This is my first read by S.R. Wilsher but it won’t be the last.

Enjoy!

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It’s the summer of 1976, and after nine years in prison, James Minter is home to bury his mother.

A history of depression and a series of personal issues has seen her death ruled as suicide.

His refusal to accept that conclusion means he must confront his violent stepfather, deal with the gangster who wants his mother’s shop and, of course, face the family of the boy he killed.

But will his search for the truth in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small seaside town, and the unpicking of the peculiar relationship his mother had with the Stonemason next door, put his own life in danger.

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#BookReview “Murder: It’s All in Your Head” by Cynthia Hilston

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4/5 Stars!

Emotionally and physically beaten and abused as a child, Helen Hawkins “blacks out” to avoid the horrors. What she at first believes to be daydreams, she realizes are the minds/bodies of other people.  Others who have easier lives where they’re loved and wanted.

Unlike her.

The death of the mother she loved, yet despised for not protecting her, and rejection from the only person she ever fell in love with leave Helen alone with her abuser… her minister father. She also has a new ability. She no longer suffers blackouts, but instead can possess the minds/bodies of others. Furious at never having the love and compassion so many take for granted, Helen will use her “gift” to “escape” and exact revenge on her father… and many others over the next one hundred years.

When two of her victims meet up in a mental hospital, they struggle to come to grips with who they are, especially when no one believes them, but their biggest obstacle is stopping Helen. Is it even possible?

Reminiscent of Denzel Washington’s Fallen, instead of possession by an ageless demon, this mind-bending thriller uses the endless abuses a young girl suffers to not only take her from her own mind (and body) but also make her the villain who wants others to suffer as she did. But could taking over the life of another teenage girl give Helen back her humanity or lead to her own personal hell… again?

Cassie/Randy/Jimmy are some of the well-written characters Helen interacts with who give this read its heart, along with a special mention for nurse Nora.

Enjoy!

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Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

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#BookReview “Sweet Water” by Cara Reinard

January 1-31, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Loving eyes can’t see.

But once the blinders come off, love cannot fix what is broken.

Sarah Ellsworth has a loving husband, two great sons, money, and the home of her dreams. But when she and her husband, Martin, find their son unconscious in the woods and his girlfriend dead, the lengths her wealthy in-laws go through to hide a crime send her reeling. But the shock wakes her up to twenty years of naive indulgence as she lived her fairytale. The situation also brings back the memory of another death and the truth behind it.

Trying to atone for her part in the coverup, Sarah searches for answers to her son, Finn’s involvement in the girl’s death, but Martin and his family and their connections are quickly rewriting their version of what happened. But Sarah wants the truth.

Motivated by guilt more than anything else, Sarah is still a determined character. Although I can’t help but feel it was too little, too late, I have to give her credit for persevering. More sins of the Ellsworth family come to light, and Sarah also has to admit to some inconvenient truths of her own.

A nicely woven tale of suspense where one man’s sense of privilege and callousness will connect and devastate three families and claim two lives.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

What did her son do in the woods last night? Does a mother really want to know?

It’s what Sarah Ellsworth dreamed of. Marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Living in a historic mansion in Pennsylvania’s most exclusive borough. And Finn, a teenage son with so much promise. Until…A call for help in the middle of the night leads Sarah and Martin to the woods, where they find Finn, injured, dazed, and weeping near his girlfriend’s dead body. Convinced he’s innocent, Sarah and Martin agree to protect their son at any cost and not report the crime.

But there are things Sarah finds hard to reconcile: a cover-up by Martin’s family that’s so unnervingly cold-blooded. Finn’s lies to the authorities are too comfortable, too proficient, not to arouse her suspicions. Even the secrets of the old house she lives in seem to be connected to the incident. As each troubling event unfolds, Sarah must decide how far she’ll go to save her perfect life.

Sweet Water Reviews:

“An unsparing account of ‘rich people problems’ that goes on forever, like all the best nightmares.” —Kirkus Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Domestic Thriller, Crime Fiction

Published by: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: January 1st 2021

Number of Pages: 364

ISBN: 1542024935 (ISBN13: 978-1542024938)

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#BookReview “The Silver Rose Dating Agency” by Angelena Boden

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5/5 Stars!

Containing all the elements of a first-rate cozy mystery—animals, food, murder, mystery, quirky characters–The Silver Rose Dating Agency uses current events and daily life to spin a dark, but fun story.

Fun in the way that despite the obstacles and pitfalls the cast of characters navigate, the story doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sixty-year-old Kitty Merriweather and Eighty-year old Edna Reid couldn’t be more different if they tried, but they do have one thing in common… they both lost their husbands within the last year. That alone pulled me right in, being a recent widow myself. The author did a wonderful job of keying into their fears, pain, and regret. It felt realistic and not overblown and schmaltzy.

But where Edna was pragmatic, Kitty was flighty. Determined to keep active after losing her beloved Ted and retiring from the café that had been her life’s work, Edna volunteered in the Hope Valley community, won awards for completing crossword puzzles, and on a lark joins the church choir. The wealthy Kitty had never worked and left her home in the city to take up residence in the estate in Hope Valley they’d planned to retire to because “that’s what Bob would have wanted.”

Edna becomes concerned with Kitty gets involved with a man through an online dating service. The octogenarian is not well-versed in computers or the Internet, but feels something is off with Kitty’s “relationship.”

Sleuthing around by asking questions, using online search engines, and her gut instincts, Edna believes Kitty’s long-distance paramour may be much closer to home than she realizes it. However, Kitty will not have any of it and continues with her online relationship, even going so far as to send “Harvey” money.

Edna is determined to identify the scammer but has too many suspects to chose from. The alcoholic choir director with a gambling problem; the village hustler in charge of the gambling, or the young man who works as Kitty’s gardener? Or someone else?

A tiny thread involving Kitty’s late husband could be key to solving the mystery… but not before someone commits murder.

Well-developed characters help this read hum right along. I loved Edna. Bold, witty, and sarcastic, she seldom held her tongue but was never rude or overbearing. I believe the more time the delicate, refined Kitty spent with Edna; she became more like her.

Although the main characters in the story are in their sixties, seventies, and eighties, dropping the ages by forty years wouldn’t change the story. While aging does bring its obstacles, life is still faced in much the same way, except, hopefully with much more wisdom. Just ask Edna.

Enjoy!

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When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance.

There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.”

Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after.

When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former café owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money.

Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery?

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#BookReview “Lost In Translation” by Audrey Davis

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4/5 Stars!

“Sometimes we tolerate things because we are afraid of the consequences of change. But fear of change is no reason to carry on when things are wrong.”

The quote spoken to Charlotte Egerton by a friend sums up her existence.

After ten years, Charlotte’s marriage has settled into a tolerable state. Husband, Dom, is obsessed with work, running off evenings and weekends to leave her to care for their two young sons.

Or is Dom obsessed with something other than work?

Charlotte has suspicions but soldiers on like a Stepford wife… a term bestie, Ruth, does use to describe her. Even after she finds a business card with a questionable note written on the back, Charlotte allows Dom to double-talk her, again, and put the onus on her for being so suspicious.

I rolled my eyes so hard after that conversation, I got a headache. But there was more to come.

Dom drops the bombshell on  Charlotte that their UK-based firm is opening a new office… in Switzerland, and they’re moving.

Honestly, if Charlotte had a brain in her head, she would have told him, “No, YOU’RE moving.” But nope. Dom and the boy’s happiness came first. This was for the good of the family. *Insert dramatic eye-roll.*

Being his usual busy self, Dom leaves most of the packing/unpacking to an unhappy Charlotte. She chides herself for being so resistant to change and vows to make an effort to adjust to life with the Swiss.

Making friends with some of the parents of her son’s classmates, Charlotte settles into a routine, once she learns to drive on the other side of the road.

But she still isn’t happy. Charlotte finally admits to herself that Dom’s double-talk is nothing but lies. While the betrayal hurts, she wonders why she isn’t heartbroken. And what about the single-father whose high school son babysits her boys? Why does having coffee with him feel better than being in the same room with Dom?

Charlotte Egerton annoyed me to no end! She reminded me of Wile E. Coyote in the last scene of the cartoon where the anvil he’s set up for the Roadrunner falls on him instead and he walks away in defeat. Dom’s explanations and excuses were so flimsy you could see through them, but Charlotte was “afraid of the consequences of change.” She lied to herself as much as Dom did and held everything inside.

Until she didn’t.

With inspiration from Ruth and another surprising source, Charlotte finds her spine… and wow! Look out!

Davis delivers another story full of heart and warmth with a protagonist who really isn’t a doormat, she just had to learn “fear of change is no reason to carry on when things are wrong.”

Enjoy!

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Charlotte Egerton and family are off to Switzerland, after husband Dom bags a big-time job promotion.

But Charlotte isn’t exactly yodelling with delight at the prospect. Not since a chance discovery cast a shadow over her ten-year marriage. And navigating twisty Swiss roads and getting to grips with French only adds to her woes…

Following a bumpy encounter with an arrogant German, Charlotte is far from convinced the expat life is for her.

With doubts about Dom — and concerns for her best friend, Ruth — plaguing her mind, will Charlotte embrace the Swiss way of life, or are some mountains just too hard to conquer?

Embark on a journey filled with laughter, tears and lessons in love. Sometimes you just have to seize the day…

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#BookReview “Shadow Ridge (A Jo Wyatt Mystery)” by M.E. Browning

December 1-31, 2020 Tour

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5/5 Stars

Tenacious and unpretentious, Jo Wyatt lives in Echo Valley, Colorado… her hometown. The town where her mother died of cancer, and where her retired cop father never approved of her. She’s a detective on the police force that just passed her over for promotion, bestowing the sergeant’s position on the less-qualified man she’s divorcing.

If that isn’t enough to qualify for a long rest in a quiet place, Jo’s latest case is a suicide that feels “off” to her. Why would a young video game designer with a bright future kill himself? Though her suspicions are brushed off by Cameron, her soon-to-be-ex… and just about everyone else, Jo can’t let go, especially when she locks horns with Quinn, a foul-mouthed classmate of the victim with a chip on her shoulder, and the person who found his body.

This well-written, slow-burn mystery was character-driven for me with each one well-developed even if they only appeared for a scene or two. Backstories unfold throughout the story and everyone carries scars from the past. Quinn’s just took my breath away. I cannot even imagine.

Jo Wyatt is a protagonist to get behind. Despite the barbs and obstacles thrown in her way and a ton of emotional baggage, she pieces together a psychotic plot of murder and revenge just as another life is about to be taken. Go, Jo, go!

Can’t wait for Jo’s next case! Hope to see more of Squint, her boss, and Aiden, her “friend.” Can live without Cameron (jerk face), and Everett, the nosy reporter.

If it sounds like I’m already invested in these characters, good!

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Death is one click away when a string of murders rocks a small Colorado town in the first mesmerizing novel in M. E. Browning’s A Jo Wyatt Mystery series.

Echo Valley, Colorado, is a place where the natural beauty of a stunning river valley meets a budding hipster urbanity. But when an internet stalker is revealed to be a cold-blooded killer in real life the peaceful community is rocked to its core.

It should have been an open-and-shut case: the suicide of Tye Horton, the designer of a cutting-edge video game. But Detective Jo Wyatt is immediately suspicious of Quinn Kirkwood, who reported the death. When Quinn reveals an internet stalker is terrorizing her, Jo is skeptical. Doubts aside, she delves into the claim and uncovers a link that ties Quinn to a small group of beta-testers who had worked with Horton. When a second member of the group dies in a car accident, Jo’s investigation leads her to the father of a young man who had killed himself a year earlier. But there’s more to this case than a suicide, and as Jo unearths the layers, a more sinister pattern begins to emerge–one driven by desperation, shame, and a single-minded drive for revenge.

As Jo closes in, she edges ever closer to the shattering truth–and a deadly showdown that will put her to the ultimate test.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery (Police Procedural)
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Number of Pages: 296
ISBN: 1643855352 (ISBN13: 9781643855356)
Series: A Jo Wyatt Mystery, #1
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