Broken Places (Rachel Goddard Mysteries, 3) Paperback – June 30, 2012
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"Rachel's third is a tense, well-written combination of mystery and romance that will keep readers guessing." -- Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Poisoned Pen Press; 1st edition (June 30, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590587103
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590587102
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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The Taylors came to Mason County in the 1960s with the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program, making friends and enemies with their activism. No one expected them to stay once their one-year commitment was up, but stay they did, eventually buying the local newspaper. Cam irritated people anyway, but his aggressive desire to keep the failing paper afloat earned him a lead lunch, and may have led to his wife’s death. Stumbling over Cam’s body puts Rachel and her young assistant, Holly, in danger, because everyone in town thinks they can identify the killer.
Rachel and Sheriff Tom Bridger’s fledgling relationship is tested by the return of Lindsay, the Taylor’s scheming daughter and Tom’s previous girlfriend. Maybe Lindsay is there to bury her parents, maybe she’s there to monkey wrench in Rachel and Tom’s relationship. Rachel’s childhood friend, Ben Hern (aka Benicio Hernandez), the son of one of the other VISTA volunteers, is the prime suspect in the murders. Ben is hiding things, Rachel is hiding things, Lindsay’s trying to make it look like the Sheriff is hiding things ...
I’m generally a cozy reader, but I got hooked on this suspenseful mystery series from the very first book. The books tackle complicated issues (death, race relations, family, poverty, animal care) in a very readable way, no preaching, just good story-telling. The characters are well-developed, the dialogue interesting, and Rachel’s backstory keeps me coming back for more. I figured out who dunnit in this book 3 at about the same time as Rachel did, and I enjoy that. I like to be carried along by the story and the interaction of the characters, rather than being hit over the head early on by who the evildoer is. I highly recommend this series. Note: They are best read in order, because each one builds on the previous one.
Characters are so real you can picture them as if in real life. Plot is so good I was on the edge of my seat and rapid reading. I though the ending would be one way when, surprise, it twisted into something I just did not have figured and I loved the ending!
I can see from skimming through the rest of the Rachel Goddard series that I will be reading more of Ms. Parshall's books.
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