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- ASIN : B08B4WGS4B
- Publisher : Boone Street Press (July 15, 2020)
- Publication date : July 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1049 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1732526729
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #853,365 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The series follows the efforts of the young and inexperienced, but very capable, rural sheriff, Piper Blackwell, and her impressive team as they go about solving gruesome crimes. The action, which rarely slows for the reader to catch a breath, is at times heart-stopping and jaw-dropping.
The series is populated by rich, multi-dimensional, and sometimes quirky characters so well written that the reader will feel as if they could strike up a conversation with them. Readers will never suffer a two-dimensional, cardboard cutout character in one of Rabe’s books, and it is her inclusion of details from both the professional and personal lives of her characters that makes them feel so real. Rabe’s meticulous eye for detail, and her use of language that sings, brings the rural settings to life as well.
As The Dead of Jerusalem Ridge opens, main character Piper is taking a few days off to enjoy the company of some old army buddies and engage in the extreme sport of paintball in the eponymous Jerusalem Ridge, Kentucky. As often happens in Piper’s life, things go wrong . . . horribly wrong. The young sheriff finds herself in the middle of a mystery while dealing with serious injury and tragic personal loss.
Upon her return to the rural Indiana county where she lives and works, Piper finds her department investigating a hate crime which is dividing the usually close-knit community . . . a hate crime that takes a deadly turn. Piper immerses herself in both investigations while trying to recover from her injuries and deal with events in her personal life.
The pacing of the story, with its various twists and turns along the way, will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. The details of the crimes will draw the reader into trying to solve the mysteries of whodunit and why. The Dead of Jerusalem Ridge, like all Jean Rabe’s Piper Blackwell books, is a wonderful weave of cozy mystery, police procedural, and suspense. And the ending delivers a delightful surprise.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
This book presents Piper with her greatest challenge since the series' start: survivor's guilt. Why is she alive when her friends aren't? Add in the death of a local troublemaker that might or might not be suicide as well as a growing romance tha scares her a little and she has her hands full.
If you are looking for a book or a series where you have good mystery, solid characters and really good character growth and development, try this series out. As another reviewer said, each book is "the best" until the next book comes out. The Dead of Jerusalem Ridge deserves six-stars, but Amazon limits me to five.