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Publisher's Summary

Solving a crime is like piecing together a puzzle. But what happens if the pieces don't fit?
When police chief Gordon Hepler's doctor orders him to cut down on the stress in his life or risk losing his vision, Gordon books a winter retreat at a remote bed and breakfast. Hours away from Mapleton, where nobody knows he's a cop, he plans to relax and try to forget about his eyes.
However, traveling "incognito" doesn't mean he's left his cop instincts behind. His curiosity is piqued when one of the other guests at the B&B doesn't appear to be who she claims. Before he can explore the puzzle she presents, a man shows up, pleading for help. His car's gone off the road, and his wife is inside.
Although a blizzard is approaching, Gordon can't refuse the frantic man's request and agrees to help him search. Fighting the storm, Gordon and the man struggle down a ravine to the car. What they find turns out to be one more puzzle, and it's not the last Gordon faces.
Are they unrelated coincidences? Or part of one bigger mystery? Or is he seeing a crime where none exists? Well outside his jurisdiction, with his health at stake, Gordon wonders whether he should follow his cop impulses, or remember he's on vacation and let the locals handle it. When it becomes personal, Gordon has no choice.
©2014 Terry Odell (P)2017 Terry Odell
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5 out of 5 stars
By Catrina P on 10-13-17

A cozy mystery

This was my first Mapleton Mystery and I loved it. Trying to piece together all of the "puzzle pieces" as the story unfolded kept me interested and constantly guessing what would come next.

I wouldn't hesitate to check out Terry Odell's other works or Steve Marvel's other narrations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By musiqmom (K Templeton) on 09-19-17

Vacation from Police Work

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Police Chief Gordon Hepler has been ordered by his doctor to reduce his stress that was endangering his eye sight. Hepler decided to heed doctor’s warning and take a vacation at a quiet bed and breakfast a few hours away from Mapleton where no one knows he is a policeman. Even though he is keeping his job a secret he can not turn his police instincts behind him. The other guests (a travel blogger, artist, outdoorsman, and a man that was in an auto accident which he claims his wife disappear from their car he left behind to find help) are each acting a little strange. Helpler tried to help the man locate his missing wife with no luck. As they return back to the B&B a snow storm hits insuring no one was leaving anytime soon. Hepler soon learns of another auto accident near by where the driver was shot and killed possible from a hunter’s stray bullet. Helpler keeps encountering more puzzles as he tries to secretly learn more about the B&B guest all the while trying to keep from losing his eyesight.

This book was a little bit different from the first two books in the series by still very enjoyable. Author Terry Odell knows how to include the right amount of red herrings to keep the mystery going through the climax of the story. I really enjoyed getting to know Chief Helper away from his small town of Mapleton although I did miss the other series characters which we find out were still quite active back in Mapleton. The risk of losing your eyesight can be very bad for anyone but for a police chief this could be the end of your job, this was a very unique storyline which I enjoyed seeing Hepler struggle to reduce his stress and still satisfy his suspicious nature.

I listened to the audio version of this book and Narrator Steve Marvel did a wonderful job bring Chief Hepler to life. Marvel diction, timing, and tone make you believe your are really hearing a Police Chief discuss his investigation.

I would recommend this book as well has the previous books in the series to mystery/police procedural fans.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Audio Copy of this book, above is my honest opinion.**

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