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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 4 minutes
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- Publisher: Sandra Balzo
- Audible.com Release Date: December 2, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QHC527Q
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This was a good read and the author did a great job in keeping me in suspense with the many twists and directions the story took in unraveling and exposing a killer. AnnaLise is a strong yet vulnerable heroine as her search for answers brings her face-to-face with some of her own past actions. This character-driven whodunit boasts a wonderful supporting cast, good conversations and southern charm. The ending left us with new possibilities and I look forward to reading the next book in this charismatically appealing series.
AnnaLise is still visiting her hometown, living with her mother after she had received a call about her mother's health. Leaving her job in Wisconsin as a journalist, she spends most of her time helping her mother and Mama Phyllis who owned the main street restaurant named after her mother, Mama Philomena's. Phyllis had never learned the recipes that had made her mother's food so famous. Instead, she started using the easy recipes off of convenience food boxes and cans, making her own reputation in the small town!
Her mother had had some problems with memory, so AnnaLise had started talking to several of her friends about having a web site and blog for the town, the blog being one on which town members, including her mother, could write about the past and present and thus begin keeping the town's history...of course that didn't really start until after the murder...
And AnnaLise was right in the middle this time!
Because her former lover had come to town with his wife and daughter! And his wife was the one murdered--her yellow Porsche had gone over a mountain-side and they later found that a shot from a gun had caused the accident...
But the only way they had discovered her car was because AnnaLise and her mother had also almost gone over! They had been on their way up the mountain when Daisy had directed AnnaLise onto a short cut. It was fun seeing the scared AnnaLise timidly driving around her former hometown while her mother had been routinely driving for many years... This time, though, they were both scared since their car had stopped just inches away from the hillside. Only when they were working with their rescuers was the yellow of the other car noticed...and on investigating that accident...they discovered still another car further down!
AnnaLise had been shocked when her former lover, Ben and his family had walked in. There was no other choice than to say hi, so she had gone to greet them, only to feel that his wife had known about them when, during the brief conversation, she had said that she didn't share... Ben was a district attorney back in Wisconsin and she had broken off their relationship several months ago. But now, the whole family was not only here, but Ben had enrolled his daughter in the local university! And she had even met a local boy, Josh, on an earlier brief visit and was now dating him! What was going on?!!
In small town USA, the local news moves faster than any newspaper, telephone, or Internet and everybody was involved in discussions as to what happened, who was responsible--and Ben wasn't making it any easier as he proclaimed that "somebody" would pay for his wife's murder. AnnaLise, though, wasn't quite sure that he wasn't the murderer, especially when she found her last note where she had told him the reasons why she was breaking up with him. But now his wife was dead...
And then his daughter was murdered! She was...
But then a shot came through the front window of their home and her mother had barely missed being killed!
That was the three people who she had named when she broken up with Ben! Was he eliminating her reasons so she would come back to him?
Fortunately, AnnaLise had always been good friends with the town sheriff and they had even dated until he had shared the secret that he was gay. Now she was having a hard time because she had never shared her affair with him and she finally had told him because Ben had implied it might have been her who killed his wife! And why was Ben accusing her? Only her friend, Joy, had known earlier, but now she worried that it would get back to her mother and Mama...and probably the whole town! Ahhh, she was fast remembering why she had left in the first place...
Surely you don't think the mystery is going to be solved that easily? NOT! Visit the little town of Sutherton where Wooly Worms give the locals a reason for a festival...and find out about all the other fun things happening--in between the murders... I didn't see the end coming, especially all that happened! So if you like to be stumped and enjoy a cozy whodunit...start reading Sandra Balzo. I know you'll have fun, 'cause it's highly recommended! Enjoy!
AnnaLise has errands to run and the Rosewoods all have plans so the visit is none to sweet but very short. That is until AnnaLise learns that Tanja has had an accident on the treacherous mountain road outside of Sutherton. The tragic accident turns out to be deadly. Then there is another death and AnnaLise just can't shake the feeling that these deaths are related. Her journalist instincts take over causing her to learn just how far people with go to get and keep what they believe is theirs.
When you think of Sandra Balzo you think of Small Towns - Big Crimes and that is the story she delivers.
The story is full of southern charm. The Woolly Worm Festival is right around the corner. Mama Philomena's restaurant serves up recipes like Corn Flakes Crunchy Baked Chicken, Grape Nuts Pudding and complimentary Chex Mix, the comfort food Mama (Phyllis) grew up on. And like any small town everyone knows everybody's business. Or do they?
The mystery is a delight, full of red herrings that keep the reader guessing as the clues all come together in unimaginable ways. Funny by the end everything makes perfect sense.
The twists and turns are not all in the story. The roads around Sutherton are crazy. I was gripping the book and holding on for dear life in several places. I would be a driver just like AnnaLise, timid, slow, mindful of the drop offs, but her mother and others that drive those roads daily tear up and now the mountain with ease.
Sandra Balzo is a gifted storyteller, her stories just flow with a perfect balance of what makes up a great cozy mystery. Quirky characters we love, a well-plotted story with just the right amount of humor, taking place in a picturesque setting with "cool mountains" and beautiful lakes and trout filled streams. Her stories are the perfect kind to escape into and I look forward to every trip.
Urban County, Wisconsin D.A. Benjamin Rosewood, his wife Tanja and their teenage daughter Suzanne arrive in Sutherton. Having had a tryst with Rosewood, an abashed AnnaLise stays out of his way as much as feasible in the small town. Tanja dies in a car crash when she drives her Porsche off Sutherton Mountain. AnnaLise and Daisy came close to following her over the edge. Police chief Chuck Greystone and his team learn someone shot Tanja with AnnaLise a major suspect. A second homicide and a failed attempt to kill Daisy follow.
The second Main Street Murders (see Running on Empty) is a great regional rural whodunit. The action never slows down as a killer stalks victims whose only seemingly connection is AnnaLise. Dead Ends is a terrific mystery.