Big secrets run deep. Former FBI agent Jack McBride took the job as chief of police for Stillwater, Texas, to start a new life with his teenage son, Ethan, away from the suspicions that surrounded his wife's disappearance a year earlier. With a low crime rate and a five-man police force, he expected it to be a nice, easy gig; hot checks, traffic violations, some drugs, occasional domestic disturbances, and petty theft. Instead, within a week he is investigating a staged murder-suicide, uncovering a decades' old skeleton buried in the woods, and managing the first crime wave in 30 years. For help navigating his unfamiliar, small-town surroundings, Jack turns to Ellie Martin, one of the most respected women in town - her scandal-filled past notwithstanding.
Despite Jack's murky marriage status and the disapproval of Ethan and the town, they are immediately drawn to each other. As Jack and Ellie struggle with their budding relationship, they unearth shattering secrets long buried and discover the two cases Jack is working, though 50 years apart, share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.
©2015 Melissa Lenhardt (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I would recommend this book to those who love hearing about small town living in the State of Texas. I have spent a great deal of time in some of the small towns and realized the descriptions of town life, characters and personalities are pretty close to the truth in "Stllwater". Everybody knows everybody, the good, bad and ugly of small town life, but regardless of things and situations faced in day-to-day life is something that can grab your heart and never let it go! I still long for my last days to be lived out in my old college town in West Texas. The scenes are quite accurate and you can really visualize the towns people, cozy stores and easy living. Looking for more good books like this one!
Stillwater, by Melissa Lenhardt was as good as the reviews I read. Jack McBride and his son Ethan move to the small town of Stillwater, where Jack has taken the job of police chief. Expecting things in the small town town to be quiet, Jack is in for quite a shock when a murder occurs just hours after arriving in Stillwater. Things go from bad to worse as Jack and Ethan try settling into their new home.
I don't want to give away any more of the plot, so you will just have to read or listen to the book. The narrator did a very good job bringing the small town characters to life. I don't usually like a male narrator trying to do the voice of a woman, but Willian Dufris did an excellent job.
I hope there will be additional books with Jack McBride and Ellie, as they had a very strong attraction going and I want to see where it will lead.
The author of this "mystery" was trying for a police procedural + romance. It was mostly romance, and the police work suffered. I liked the narration, but the book itself,not so much. One word review - poor.
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I was taken instantly with this fallen FBI agent turned small town shariff of Stillwater TX and his realistic teenage son. The voices sang off the page, or in this case off the Audible version. Great mystery with tons of characters to keep it interesting.
For some mystery readers, the love/romance might spoil a great read, but for others it might be enjoyed. Personally, I'd prefer the romance be toned down, or even eliminated because I so cherished that father/son relationship
I look forward to the sequal!
Personal note: I will be sharing a panel with the author at the 2016 Left Coast Crime Convention later this month in Phoenix.
Really enjoyed this story, the characters were well developed, and we have met everyone of them in our own lives. The sanity or insanity of the people we brush shoulders with everyday are in this book...the events in this book could have happened yesterday or next week. Try the book out I think you'll enjoy what you hear. And this book ends in such a way that tells you the next book is on the way.
I loved the story, the characters were great, and the narrator did a decent job. If only his take on female voices didn't remind me so much of Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie voice.
It was my first time trying an audible book, and I'd try it again.
Liked the characters, like the depiction of small town life, like the ending that is left over for more books. It's a good, enjoyable, easy listen. Looking forward to more stories of these characters.
What the hell did I just read? If just one reviewer would have said there was NO HEA I would never have bought this book. NEVER.
I’m so disappointed I can’t believe it. That won’t take away from my 5 star review because it was a great mystery/suspense but it stops me from ever reading this author again. If you’re going to put a man and woman in your book and have them fall in love then give them a HEA not what you did, Ms. Lenhardt.
I liked the players: Miner, Freeman, Buck, Diego, Kelly, Jane, Marta, Esperanza, they were all wonderfully written. But they can’t make up for the horrendous ending.
As to the narrator: He was phenomenal. Once you knew who the players were you just knew who was talking before the book ever told you, male and female. He laughed, whispered, cried, yelled, every emotion there was, he did. I’ve never listened to Mr. Dufris before but I WILL go through his 386 narrations and see if he’s done anything else I’d be interested in. I sure hope he’s done some historical novels. He is just spectacular!!!
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