Kass’s review of The Ruth Valley Missing by Amber West
This is a wonderful debut novel. The characters are well-developed and engaging and the story is well-paced. Amber West starts with a common premise–a young woman frustrated with both the big city and her self-centered boyfriend seeks a more peaceful life in a small town–but where the author takes the story is anything but commonplace.
Ruth Valley seems to be just the place for Jameson Quinn to start a new life, and she finds a delightful house to rent, with the hunky town sheriff as her landlord.
But there’s something off about this town, and after an injured young man mysteriously disappears, Jameson is determined to find out what is going on. As she digs beneath the surface, she discovers that nothing, and no one, is quite what they seem in Ruth Valley.
The twist at the end of this novel will blow your mind. I give The Ruth Valley Missing 4 out of 5 fingerprints.
Catie’s Review of The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen) by Amanda Stevens
I loved this book. Part murder mystery and part ghost story, it was full of my favorite things.
The heroine, Amelia, is a cemetery restorer who can see ghosts. She lives by a strict set of rules set by her father who also saw the spirit world. She ends up breaking some of these rules when she gets pulled into the murder investigation of a fresh corpse found in the cemetery she is restoring.
This book has it all — a sexy, tortured cop with a mysterious past, ghosts who want Amelia’s attention, secret societies, and, well, secrets.
The Restorer is the first in the Graveyard Queen series. The author did a good job of setting up ongoing storylines about Amelia’s heritage, her parents, and her love interest (the sexy tortured cop). According to the author’s website, the series is being developed for television.
I give The Restorer 5 out of 5 fingerprints
JoAnn’s Review of How Far Is Heaven? (Louise Golden Mysteries) by Laurie Hanan
This sometimes dark but more often light story of mail-carrier Louise Golden’s crazy Christmas is a keeper. The characters are believable and well-fleshed-out and the story has twists and turns that feel more fact than fiction. I loved the pivotal scene where Louise is in mortal danger. It reads so true-to-reality that it’s impossible to put the book down until you see how things unfold.
Hawaii, like everywhere else, has its share of bad guys and heartbreak and this book cleverly poses these facts of life against a backdrop of aloha culture and spectacular natural beauty. If you’re looking for a quick-paced story with great characters, thrills, and a satifying ending then this book is for you. And, the Hawaiian setting is a definite bonus.
I give How Far is Heaven? 5 out of 5 fingerprints
So, there you have it! Three new great mysteries. Happy Reading!
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