I love a good mystery and this is a good one.
opens with Alison Monaghan finding a photo in her husband's jacket
pocket – a photo of Frank with another woman. She'd often suspected
and now she had proof of a liaison while on one of his long trips as
an airline pilot. She would confront him when he came home that
evening from yet another of his flights. But he never comes home and
the next morning the police are on her door step. Frank has been
sets the pace for the novel. The bad news continues as Alison finds
out that all their money is gone. Life will certainly have to change
for her and her teen-aged son and daughter. She is determined to find
out who killed her husband and why, much to the dismay of the
detective assigned to the case, Mike Barefoot.
novel takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina, a place foreign to my
Pacific Northwest locale. I like to learn about a topic when I read a
novel and learn I did. Frank was on the board of directors of an
antebellum plantation historic park and Alison was a volunteer garden
docent there. Lisa did a great job of revealing the society structure
and character of the southerners associated with that park. They were
high society and didn't tolerate imperfection, like having your
husband murdered. Even Alison's children were made fun of by their
also got a peek into some of the unsavory history of the area too.
Who your great grandfather was might determine your place in the
ranks of society. Some of the cat fights these women had! That brings
up the well developed characters. You could just feel the venom
dripping off some of the women.
favorite aspect of the book was the Christian witness. Alison is not
on speaking terms with God as the novel opens but she has a saving
experience mid-novel. Sometimes authors add a little Christianity in
a novel to make it “Christian.” Not so in this one. Christianity
is central to the story line, especially at its suspenseful end.
is romance too. The detective has feelings for Alison and it is
entertaining to see them butt heads as the investigation proceeds.
good mystery, well developed characters, a little romance, learning
about a part of the U.S., twists and turns and red herrings,
Christianity essential to the story...this novel has all the aspects
I want in a good novel. I highly recommend it.
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Carter is a speaker, vocalist, teacher and writer. Carolina Reckoning
is her debut novel. She and her husband and two daughters make their
home in North Carolina.
Press, 336 pages.
received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.