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.
I think I've read all of the Leah Nash mysteries and they just keep getting better. Nash is my kind of protagonist. She is quick to be irritating people with her intense investigation into a murder. She's pushy when she knows people are lying. She's relentless when she thinks she's on the right trail. While she ultimately solves the mystery, she takes a few wrong paths to get there.
The plot for this mystery was a bit complex. There were plenty of red herrings that kept me wondering who the murderer was. I like that I was made aware of clues right along with Nash. It made me feel like I was there with her her, trying to identify the culprit.
I like that Hunter gave me a good mix of character development and plot movement. I feel like I am really getting to know Nash and her passion. I like the relationship issues Hunter included in this novel. Family loyalties and protection were explored through the actions of several characters.
I recommend this novel to readers who like a well designed mystery with well crafted characters. Much of the plot in this novel hangs on Hunter's previous book in the Nash series. While this book could be read on its own, readers would enjoy it more if the previous one in the series had been read first.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Himmel River Press
Publication Date: December 11th 2018
Number of Pages: 392
Series: Leah Nash Mysteries, Book 5
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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Susan Hunter is a charter member of Introverts International (which meets the 12th of Never at an undisclosed location). She has worked as a reporter and managing editor, during which time she received a first place UPI award for investigative reporting and a Michigan Press Association first place award for enterprise/feature reporting.
Susan has also taught composition at the college level, written advertising copy, newsletters, press releases, speeches, web copy, academic papers, and memos. Lots and lots of memos. She lives in rural Michigan with her husband Gary, who is a man of action, not words.
During certain times of the day, she can be found wandering the mean streets of small-town Himmel, Wisconsin, looking for clues, stopping for a meal at the Elite Cafe, dropping off a story lead at the Himmel Times Weekly, or meeting friends for a drink at McClain's Bar and Grill.
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