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Publisher's Summary

Former cop Michael Hessop arrives in Red Cedar with a mission - track down a teen girl named Delaney Sparrow and the predator who convinced her to run away from her family. He finds out about Liz Lucas' reputation for being an amazing amateur sleuth from the owner of Gertie’s Diner, and teams up with Liz and her dogs Brandy Boy and Winston. 

The dead body of a young girl is found in the woods with a note saying the killer "will strike again". The killer makes an anonymous call, taunting that he's got a girl tied up somewhere in Red Cedar, and if she's not found in three days, he'll kill her, too.

Is the murdered body Delaney Sparrow, or is she the one who’s tied up? It’s a race against time for Liz, Michael, and the dogs.

This is the 12th book in the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series by a US Today best-selling author and Amazon all-star.

©2020 Dianne Harman (P)2020 Dianne Harman

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Excellent Mystery Story

This was my first Dianne Harman listen and I can't wait to listen to more. The plot and characters combined to make a story that I couldn't push pause on. Narration was perfect for the story and made for an easy listen.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good murder mystery - continuation of a series

This is the first book in a series, but I had no problem reading and enjoying the story - in other words you don't need to read any of the previous books to understand and enjoy the book.

A girl is missing and a new private investigator has been asked to help locate her. A murder makes the investigation even more urgent. Liz Lucas joins up with Mike to quickly investigate the lay of the land and to come up with some potential suspects.

I listened to the audio version and while the narrator was OK, there was some strange emphasis on some words in sentences. It didn't keep me from enjoying the story.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries without too many gruesome details. It's sufficiently complex to keep your interest.

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Wonderful read!

This story was great! It had many twists and turns to keep you guessing. Always a pleasure to read or listen to Dianne Harman.

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Murder in the Forest

Another great murder mystery solved, always love the way they get solved and love how the dogs always save the day. I really enjoy these mysteries. The narration is very good. Love the recipes at the end.

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Getting rid of a body is the beginning, who was this person. When former policeman comes into town looking for a young girl and the man who convinced her to run away. Hearing about Liz and her sleuthing he asks for her help. Her stories are always interesting and trying to figure them out, the narration by Kasey was good. Given audio for my voluntary review

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Twists and Turns Galore!

This is a fun mystery that keeps you guessing. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and the expected but not expected ending. Dianne Harman weaves in little things here and there to give you clues. The sheriff was a particularly frustrating character, making you just want to yell at him! The narrator, Kasey Logan, took some getting used to, particularly with the tempo of the private investigator, Mike. Definitely not a deal-breaker and once you're used to it, there is no issue. There are so many characters involved in conversations that she has to differentiate with more than just tonal changes in her voice. I recommend this cozy mystery.

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Cozy Mystery

Dianne Harman has created a town and characters that are interesting and believable. For those readers who like cozy mysteries this is a very enjoyable read. Kasey Logan does a good job in her narration of the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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They thought they had committed the perfect murder

This book starts with the setting of 2 people getting rid of the body of someone they had murdered and everything they do so that there is no evidence left behind. Enter Michael a former police officer coming to town searching for a missing girl. A body of a young girl is found. Read on to see if how Michael and Liz can find the clues to nab the culprit. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and this is my honest review.

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  • 01-22-22

A great story!

Murder in the Forest is #12 in the Liz Lucas cozy mystery series by Dianne Harman. Michael Hessop, a private investigator, comes to Red Cedar looking for a missing teenager and asking for Liz’s help. A dead girl is found and a note says there will be more! Liz and Mike engage in an all out search with many of the town helping, with the exception of the lazy, sexist sheriff! Lots of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing all the way to the end! The narration by Kasey Logan is very good! I highly recommend this book and series!

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  • Julie
  • 09-03-20

Small town, big time case.

I enjoyed this fun light hearted cozy mystery. I like the way the author weaves clues into the story and has you guessing along with the main characters, because just as you think you know who it is, there is a twist that has you guessing all over again. The characters are like able, especially the lazy dog because everyone knows a dog just like that. The mystery was interesting and I liked it the way you were never sure if there was two cases or just one perpetrator at work, also I found the pi's explanation about body language interesting. This is the second book in this series that I have listened to but it won't be my last as I am enjoying the series.
A private eye comes to town and asks Liz to help him track down a missing girl. She has runaway from home with a much older man and her mum is worried about her. They haven't been investigating long before a girl's body is found. Is she the missing girl? Lucky for Liz she is soon identified and as they are questioning her brother a phone call comes in saying a girl's life is on the line if she isn't found. Using the private investigators understanding of body language can they find the missing girl before it is to late?
I liked the narrator she has a good range of voices, enough to keep the story in interesting.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.