by Susan Hunter
on Tour June 4 - 15, 2018
When teenager Heather Young disappeared from the small town of Himmel, Wisconsin everyone believed her boyfriend had killed her—though her body was never found. Twenty years later, his little sister Sammy returns to town. She begs her old friend, true crime writer Leah Nash, to prove her brother Eric isn’t a murderer.
But Sammy has no new evidence, and her brother doesn’t want Leah’s help. Leah says no—but she can’t help feeling guilty about it. That feeling gets much worse when Sammy is killed in a suspicious car accident. That’s when the independent, irreverent, unstoppable Leah takes up her cause. Her investigation takes her to some dark and dangerous places, and the truth she finds has an unexpected and shattering impact on her own life.
I am enjoying this series. I really like Leah. When she is on the trail of a killer, she won't let go. Even when she makes mistakes or fingers the wrong guy, she just keeps on. I like that I am learning more about her family and their history with each novel. Hunter has done a good job of making reference to a previous family tragedy in one novel and then revealing more about it in the next. I feel like I am getting to know Leah as each novel reveals additional parts of Leah's private life while the plot progresses. This novel had several emotional crises for Leah, revealing even more about her character.
Even though this novel is into the series, it does stand alone. There is enough back story that one could start with this book but the previous ones are good too and should not be missed. This one contained plenty of twists and red herrings and I found it engaging to the very end, where there is a nice bit of suspense.
I recommend this mystery to readers who like a good balance of character revelation and development combined with a journalist's tenacious investigation into a cold case.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Himmel River Press
Publication Date: November 2016
Number of Pages: 348
ISBN: 1540356477 (ISBN13: 9781540356475)
Series: Leah Nash Mysteries #3 (Each is a Stand Alone Mystery)
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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, 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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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.