The reverberating bangs shake Melanie Perkin's nerves. Either someone's aiming at her truck, or they don't know fireworks are supposed to go upward. Could things get any worse? Yes. The next day she discovers a dead body in the barn on her late parents' farm, Sheriff's Deputy Granger's gun pointed at the chest of a primary suspect - someone she holds dear. Illegal merchandise flooding the small Iowa town of River's Edge, upcoming Fourth of July activities, and a half-finished manuscript all hinder her determined efforts to solve the crime before an innocent person is convicted of murder. In this, the second novel in beloved cozy mystery writer Elaine Orr's River's Edge series, the author once again offers humor, believable characters, and tight prose as she carries the listener to an exciting climax. Those who follow her Jolie Gentil series will find themselves right at home. You won't want to miss this one!
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Based on this one book that I listened to, I am unable to make an opinion about the author. The book was fine and the writing style was alright. One thing I didn't like about the book is that even though it is marketed as a standalone book in a series, I felt like I am missing things about the main character and it is not properly introduced. I would guess because that is already done in the first book, the author didn't feel the need to do the same in book 2 too, which is understandable. But I wish there was some more "recap" kind of passage where new readers would get to know the character first.
The narration was sub-par. All the characters sounded the same and it was very difficult to tell who's who.
No. The story isn't that great.
I received this book for free from the author / narrator / publisher, in exchange for an unbiased review.
- Bikram Agarwal