A Murder Among Friends …
Everyone is anxious to connect with actor Ryan Malloy when he returns to town for his 15-year high school reunion. Everyone except crime writer Leah Nash. She doesn’t have many fond memories of Himmel High’s golden boy. But it turns out she’s not the only one who isn’t a fan. Before the weekend is over, Ryan Malloy is murdered.
The hard-headed but soft-hearted Leah is unwillingly drawn into investigating his death by the pleading of Ryan’s terminally ill mother. She soon discovers that Ryan’s self-absorbed journey through life trampled on the dreams of a number of people. His old girlfriend, his best friend, his own brother, a local businessman—there’s no shortage of suspects—or secrets. But the solution eludes Leah, until the past and the present collide in a dangerous confrontation that threatens one life and ends another.
Another enjoyable mystery featuring Leah Nash. What made it so enjoyable is the character of Leah. I like her snarky humor. I like that, even in the midst of her intense investigative ambitions, she has a compassionate side. She's a flawed character with a good heart and a strong desire to make things right.
Leah's character makes the plot. Even though it is a mystery, there is no murder until about a quarter of the way into the book. There are many suspects and I like how Leah goes after them all. She's persistent, even when running to judgment well before she has all the facts.
If you like a good mystery centered on a fully developed and entertaining character, this is a novel for you. I have been reading all the Leah Nash novels and have enjoyed following her journey in life. While this novel would stand alone, much happens in this novel with roots in previous novels so it would be good to have read them too. And I shouldn't forget Miguel's advice when contemplating a decision: WWLD. (You have to read the book.)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Himmel River Press
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Number of Pages: 364
ISBN: 1698530994 (9781698530994)
Series: Leah Nash Mysteries, Book 6
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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