Police officer Clare Watkins moves with her young daughter to Wisconsin to get away from the past and its bad memories. But Clare doesn't know that her 10-year-old daughter Meg not only witnessed the hit-and-run accident that killed her father, she had also seen the man who was driving...and had been seen by him.
©1999 Mary Logue (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Was looking for a new series to follow and came across this one that sounded interesting. I have not read any Mary Logue book before but do like Joyce Bean narration. I was not disappointed in the first book of the series, it sets the scene for the series. Claire Watkins husband is killed in a hit and run in front of her house and the accident was witness by the daughter Meg. Claire resigns her job with the St Paul homicide squad and moves to a small town in Wisconsin to be near her sister and raise her daughter in a safer environment. Needless to say the action begins with the killer coming after Meg and Claire's sister. Claire's neighbor is murdered. Lots of detention work, action, suspense and humor. Time is taken by Logue to build characters which is why I sometime enjoy a series over a stand-alone book. Shall try the next book in the series before I decide to continue the series or not.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
This book tells the story of a woman who has relocated with her daughter, following the shooting of her husband, which the child has witnessed. Clare is a deputy now living and working in a smaller county, but her policeman husband's murder still goes unsolved. Her former partner is helping work on that and also hopes for some romance with her.
Meanwhile a second murder has occurred where she now lives. Her gentle neighbor has been killed in his garden. There are some other characters who figure prominently in the book: of course the daughter, but also a concerned friend who raises pheasants, her sister, and relatives of the neighbor who is killed. They are pretty well-developed as characters and play a large role in what ensues. One or two characters are incompletely developed, and left me feeling I did not understand them--or their exact roles--as parts of the book, well enough.
At first I found either the writing or the reading rather off-putting. Hard to keep my attention focused. Then every now and again, some of the writing became unexpectedly good, reading more like an experienced author who handles the material very well. Then it would fade away, and so would my attention. But around the second half of the book, the writing picked up pace, was not so hum-drum, in fact was actually quite excellent in places, and I found myself not wanting to turn it off till the end.
Thus I found it to be an unusual listening experience. From about the midway point on, there was no question in my mind that the story was good, and I was hooked on listening. I don't feel that the narrator added much, if anything; probably detracted to be honest. I gave the story 4 stars because the second half was very engaging. But I would have given fewer to the first half. Felt like the author just couldn't get going in a way that held my attention for a very long while. And then suddenly, it turned very good. At one point I wondered if it had been written by two people. Nevertheless, I recommend it, because knowing that it becomes very engaging, even if not a mystery that would have needed Sherlock Holmes to solve it, will make it easier to get into with interest I think.
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This is the beginning of a series. Characters, setting, and basic history are introduced. The move to a new, safe, laid back setting does not provide all that Claire Watkins hoped for. She is quickly drawn into the "mystery" surrounding the demise of a neighbor. She thinks it's murder while many others believe it's a natural death.
The story is somewhat predictable, but it's easy to listen to. I often pick this type of mystery when I am overloaded with adrenaline fueled or psychological thrillers.
Joyce Bean always provides good, solid narration.
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