Root of all Evil
by Liz Milliron
September 18 - 29, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Meanwhile, assistant public defender Sally Castle’s colleague, Colin Rafferty, has become uncharacteristically nervous and secretive. Her suspicion that he’s hiding something serious is confirmed when she learns of a threatening visitor and discovers a note on his desk stating, “You’d better fix this”
Colin’s subsequent murder is the first frayed thread in a complex web of deceit. Jim fears Sally’s stubborn determination to get justice for her friend will put her in a killer’s crosshairs, but Sally won’t rest until she finds answers–even if it costs her everything.
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Praise for Root of all Evil:
"With a compelling plot, engaging concept and characters worth cheering for, Root of all Evil will keep you rooted to your seat."
~ Kathy Valenti, Agatha-nominated author of the Maggie O’Malley mysteries
"Big city crime encroaches on the lush backdrop of Pennsylvania’s rustic Laurel Highlands in this tense and gritty debut. Liz Milliron has crafted a tightly written, heart-pounding tale of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one until its explosive conclusion."
~ Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series
"Lawyers, guns and money; Root of all Evil is a true page-turner."
~ Bruce Robert Coffin, bestselling author of the Detective Byron Mysteries
"Root of all Evil is a gripping read! Sally Castle and Jim Duncan are complex characters with genuine depth, and the pacing is impeccable. Tensions on multiple levels will keep you turning the pages of this riveting police procedural."
~ Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Agatha-winning Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries
"Fast-paced, authentic and compelling – this tightly written procedural is action-packed and full of heart. Milliron definitely knows her stuff – what a wonderful new voice in crime fiction!"
~ Hank Phillipi Ryan, nationally best-selling author of Trust Me
I liked this novel that combines the work of Jim, a state trooper and Sally, a public defender. Sally is tenacious in finding out who killed a fellow worker, and Jim works hard to keep up with her and keep her safe. Milliron did a good job of depicting the territorial tension between the state troopers and the local police, Sally getting in there too.
The narrative follows both Jim and Sally's actions. He has his hands full with assigned investigations and training a new trooper. This allows Sally to pursue unusual leads. She makes a good amateur sleuth, often putting the professionals to shame. There are a number of issues in the plot, from a meth lab discovery to possible judicial corruption, but they work together to make an entertaining read. I like that the potential romantic relationship between Jim and Sally takes second place to the mystery.
This is a good start to a series. I look forward to seeing how Jim and Sally develop their relationship and how the new trooper is involved in future mysteries.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery - Police Procedural
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Number of Pages: 301
ISBN: 9781947915053 (ISBN10: 1947915053)
Series: Laurel Highlands Mystery (#1)
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)