by Randee Green
on Tour September 3 - 14, 2018
As far back as the Shatners can be traced, they have been breaking the law and running from it. It's a family tradition. Now Carrie Shatner is a detective and crime-scene technician with the Wyatt County Sheriff's Department in Eastern Texas. Over the years, she has tried to distance herself from her family's criminal activities. But that is easier said than done.
The Shatner family is celebrating New Year's Eve at the Wyatt County Fairgrounds in their usual style: illegal fireworks, homemade moonshine, and a near brawl. After shutting down the party, Carrie does a final sweep of the fairgrounds and finds a dead body in a dumpster.
Good news: the dead man is not a Shatner. Bad news: the Shatners are now suspects in a homicide investigation. Soon the fairgrounds are overrun with law enforcement, including Sergeant Jerrod Hardy, a Texas Ranger. The victim is Kyle Vance, Carrie's ex-boyfriend and a member of the Palmer family, who have been feuding with the Shatners since the Civil War.
Despite serious misgivings, Hardy allows Carrie to help him investigate. He knows she physically couldn't have beaten Vance to death, but he wonders if she is covering for a family member.
Crazy is about the only way I can describe this book. Carrie is a kick. She seems to be the only honest wanna be among a family of petty criminals. She tries hard to keep her family in line while working for the sheriff. There were times I laughed out loud.
And southern. This novel just drips southern culture. The men are sort of like what this Pacific Northwestern native always imagined sex craved southern men to be. Carrie is a brave gal, holding her own among the macho men, even at the disgusting strip joint. Yes, there were some vulgar parts to this novel. No worse, I suppose, than reality.
There's a good mystery in the midst of all this craziness too. Wacky characters, a family feud, an immersion in deep southern culture, and a mystery. A good read for someone who appreciates all that and doesn't mind the vulgar parts.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Coffeetown Press
Publication Date: July 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN: 1603817093 (ISBN13: 978-1603817097)
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Randee Green's passion for reading began in grade school with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature, as well as a master's and an MFA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she's usually reading, indulging in her passion for Texas country music, traveling, or hanging out with her favorite feline friend, Mr. Snookums G. Cat.
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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.