by Wendy Corsi Staub
on Tour April 1-30, 2017
Publisher synopsis:In Mundy’s Landing, bygone bloodshed has become a big business. During the rigorous winter of
1666, all but five colonists in the small Hudson Valley settlement died of starvation. Accused of unimaginable crimes, James and Elizabeth Mundy and their three children survived, but the couple were later accused of murder and executed. Left to fend for themselves in a hostile community, their offspring lived out exemplary lives in a town that would bear the family name. They never reveal the secret that died with their parents on the gallows… or did they?
“We Shall Never Tell.” Spurred by the cryptic phrase in a centuries-old letter, Emerson Mundy has flown cross-country to her ancestral hometown in hopes of tracing her ancestral past—and perhaps building a future. In Mundy’s Landing, she discovers long lost relatives, a welcoming ancestral home… and a closet full of skeletons.
A year has passed since former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the historic Sleeping Beauty Murders, apprehended a copycat killer, and made a fresh start in the Hudson Valley. Banking on an uneventful future in a village that’s seen more than its share of bloodshed, Sully is in for an unpleasant surprise when a historic skull reveals a notorious truth. Now she’s on the trail of a murky predator determined to destroy the Mundy family tree, branch by branch.
I enjoyed this mystery. It is a good combination of present day drama with the centuries old roots to the current murders. I liked the author's technique of having information revealed to readers through the investigation of Sully. We readers have to figure out who the murderer is right along with the detective. When the identity of the villain becomes clear, we get into the thoughts of the character and find a bit of the why. I felt the characters were well crafted, especially the villain. There is not much suspense in the novel but there are plenty of red herrings to keep us interested.
This is the third novel in a series. Action from the previous novels is referenced in this one but this plot is different enough that it reads well on its own. I always like to learn something new in a novel and it was about heterochromia in this one. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a plot involving current murders with ties to an historical event.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Published by: William Morrow Mass Market
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062349775 (ISBN13: 9780062349774)
Series: Mundy's Landing #3 (Stand Alone)
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.