For fans of Julia Keller and Sheena Kamal, All We Buried disturbs the long-sleeping secrets of a small Washington State mountain town.
Interim sheriff Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake in Collier, Washington. For the longest time, she chalked it up to an overactive imagination as a kid. Then the report arrives. In the woods of the Cascade mountain range, right in her jurisdiction, a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier. When the body is extricated and revealed, no one can identify Jane Doe. But someone must know the woman, so why aren't they coming forward?
Bet has been sitting as the interim sheriff of this tiny town in the ill-fitting shoes of her late father and predecessor. With the nightmare on her heels, Bet decided to build a life for herself in Los Angeles, but now it's time to confront the tragic history of Collier. The more she learns, the more Bet realizes she doesn't know the townspeople of Collier as well as she thought, and nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
I liked this mystery. For me, the best part was the setting, a small town in the Cascade Mountains of my native Washington State. Although this is a fictional town, I feel like I've been there, fenced ethnic cemeteries and all.
I liked many of the characters too. The heroine, Bet, was developed well. There were many issues in her past influencing her position as sheriff. They were introduced in a timely manner as they had bearing on the murder case she must solve. She is tenacious in in going after the murderer while she also tries to figure out her future. I liked Alma, the sheriff's department office manager. Every small mountain town needs a woman like her. I liked the complicated mystery with roots in the past. I liked learning about the mining history of the town and glacial lakes. I liked how Bet enlisted help from nearby larger communities with better facilities and specialized personnel. Such is the case for small mountain towns.
This is a good police procedure novel set in a small mountain town and a good debut effort. I do hope it is just the first in a series because I'll be waiting for the next novel by this author.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Crooked Lane
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1643852914 (ISBN13: 9781643852911)
Series: Sheriff Bet Rivers #1
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Elena Taylor lives on the banks of the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in a town made famous by Twin Peaks. When she's not writing or working one-on-one with writers as a developmental editor, she can be found hanging out with her husband, dog, and two cats. Her favorite place to be (besides home) is the stables down the road, with her two horses Radar and Jasper.
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