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It is the story of a small-town marshal that I found quite intriguing; I sure hope you do too. At first glance, the title might make you think it is of the western genre, but it is a mystery with suspense that builds as you progress through the fictional story.
The book begins with the main character, Millie, and her brother Shamus in a major disagreement. Each of them has heartaches from past and recent loss of loved ones. The town they live in is crumbling financially, city hall finances are on the verge of bankruptcy, and people are out of work. Mitch O'Keefe is called in to help save the city finances and, if at all possible, find out why the town's finances are such a wreck. However, most people only know Mitch by his first name. Why is it that people are keeping his last name under wraps?
As the story progresses, the plot thickens and there are hints that the corruption that has taken place has lasted for two decades. Mitch and Millie begin to uncover the problems, which soon involve more people than originally suspected. While living near a lake, Millie begins to notice regular plane landings on the lake, but has no clue or information regarding the planes, cargo or passengers. Later on, readers are introduced to a new pastor and his desire to know the community as he seeks to reach out to them. Millie is caught between the affections and desires of two men, one is Mitch and the other is Pastor Dan to whose church Millie has recently been attending.
In town, crime is on the rise. News trucks and newspapers come from all over to capture the events. There are small-time dealers going down, but there is more than meets the eye underneath the happenings so much so that county, state, and the feds are getting involved. Action and suspense climax as we see the battle between those who want their town to grow and those who are out to sabotage all attempts to do so. Who are the small players and major players in the crime syndicate? Are there townspeople involved? Will they be arrested or will they be able to flee before being arrested? Get the eBook and set yourself down for an adventure. See if you can figure out "whodunit" before you turn the last page.
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This is the first of six books in the Millie Mystery series by Michael O'Gara. They are written in an unusually straightforward style that suits the stories and the target audience which, from what I've read of these first two books, is readers who like their characters either very good or very bad, with few shades of grey in between.
Mr O'Gara's writing style is simple, direct and effective. I raced through this first book and I will be back for more. The settings are excellent, the dialogue very natural and there is understated comedy throughout. Although Mr O'Gara breaks a few conventional writing rules, he carries it off with style and the reader is not distracted from the narrative in any way.
My only criticism, and this is from a purely personal point of view, is that Millie rises from her lowly beginnings as a war widow living in a cottage on a small plot of land to a property millionaire by an amazing set of coincidences, all due to her good and kind nature and instincts for helping others. By the end of the story, it has become obvious to me that strong Christian values that pay off in not only a spiritual but also a material way are one of the main themes of the books. None of this detracts in any way from these stories being a mighty fine read.
The second theme is Millie Boyd's exceptional talents in law enforcement and the clever way she manages people and events for the greater good. There are exciting conflicts with criminals of many and varied hues, from corrupt politicians to ineffective and corrupt police, and sometimes conflict with other law enforcement agencies. Like her friends, family and colleagues, by the end of this first book I've come to love Millie. I want to read more of her adventures and find out whether she does find true love for a second time, in between fighting for the people of Safe Haven, Lake View and Mountain View.
A 5* read for me.
The Happenstance Marshal is about someone who is down on their luck and how she turns things around. She does this with her skill and a lot of luck. Although it started out unusually the story definitely picked up as it kept developing. This is a fast paced western book that definitely made me want more.
Millie Boyd is a character full of spunk but with a rarely seen softer side. She has a great cast of supporting characters that I suspect will develop more as the series unfolds. There is a lot of action but not very many twists and turns, it was a straight up thriller and an easy read.
A good author writes about what they know and Michael O'Gara does just that. The book successfully conveys the nuances of how a city office works. My only complaint is that some instances seem just a little hard to believe but still I can't wait to see what Millie gets into next!
Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.