- File Size: 3553 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1625264534
- Publisher: Solstice Publishing (October 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M59PPBY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place Kindle Edition
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De Louise spends the first part of her book establishing the warm and fuzzy atmosphere of life in Cobble Cove. Alicia, the main character, is a happily married mother of twin babies, Carol and Johnny. (The boy is named after Alicia's husband, John.) Alicia works as a librarian at Cobble Cove's public library where she has a good relationship with all her coworkers and a wonderful director, Sheila, who is as understanding as anyone can be about work/life balance. Sheila works the circulation desk if someone has a conflict and is not above bending the rules slightly to offer an employment opportunity to one of Alicia's friends. Alicia is leading as idyllic a lifestyle as is humanly possible, until she notices some odd, slightly frightening things happening in her community.
Between A Rock and a Hard Place is the second Cobble Cove mystery. There are a number of references to actions that took place in the first book, A Stone's Throw, but this novel can stand on its own. I haven't read the first and had no trouble understanding what led to the events in the second.
The mystery in De Louise's novel is good, with a horrible crime and enough possible suspects to keep the plot interesting, but the characters and community dominate the work. I would recommend Between A Rock and a Hard Place to readers who like their crime stories in gentle environments. It reminded me of a number of TV series I've enjoyed, including Murder She Wrote and Rosemary and Thyme.
Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul, White Horse Regressions, and Hopatcong Vision Quest
The characters are mostly the same and that's nice. It's nice to see one of the characters from the first book make a reappearance in this book in a different capacity and as a seemingly different person.
The story moved along at a decent pace, I just was very disappointed that the one piece of the story line happened so late in the book. Usually something that's in the description of the book happens more towards the beginning of the book.
This book just wasn't as good as the first, but the interpersonal relationship growth in the book is important so if you're going to read the series, I do suggest you read it and not skip it.
Through the author’s wonderful descriptions of place, character attributes, and story nuance, once again I was happily drawn into the quaint town of Cobble Cove. I love a good mystery series so I enjoyed revisiting Cobble Cove and its great characters. The story is well written and the pace builds to a suspenseful climax. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.