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Prodigal Son (The Shuller Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
|Length: 251 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 2 of 3 in The Shuller Series
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About the Author
- Publication Date : October 30, 2014
- File Size : 2103 KB
- Print Length : 251 pages
- Publisher : Wordsmith Publishing, LLC (October 30, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00P1VPT2W
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #474,454 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a gripping mystery with a good dose of romance thrown in for good measure. Sheriff Shuller was a likable, interesting character—a bit of an every-man. There were a lot of fun twists and turns throughout the book that kept me hooked. Plus, a surprise ending. Ms. Lopez did a great job with the execution of this mystery. Plus, her writing was vivid, flowed very nicely, and was overall entertaining.
I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a good, fast-paced mystery. I’ll definitely look for more from Ms. Lopez.
Sheriff Shuller is a man who love to focus on details. He is really good at his job and has pride in his work. When he is asked to help a neighboring town with a big murder investigation, he just could say no! He felt good leaving his town in the hands of his deputy. When he returns to town and back to his old routine, he was surprised when someone was murdered. I don't write spoilers - so I will stop here and say that you really have to read this book to experience the story yourself!!!
I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a good, fast-paced mystery. I look forward to more from Kathleen Lopez!!!
Prodigal Son starts off good, but by the end of the book I was left with more questions than actual answers. The surprise ending did not help with the answers. This could be exactly what Lopez wants so that I will be forced to read her next book to satisfy my craving for the answers. If so this is pretty genius because I hate having unanswered questions.
As for the characters, there are two that really stand out. I loved Shuller the town sheriff. Shuller is something of an Andy Griffin. The whole towns loves and respects him. The next character is Levi. I felt really bad for Levi, but at the same time I was confused by him.
Overall I enjoyed the book and will have to read Lopez's next book. With every book there is a lesson. The lesson learned from this book is to never assume you know someone's life story. Everyone has secrets that they hide.
* I was given a free copy of Prodigal Son in return for an honest review
But, the murder mystery almost seems like a subplot rather than a main plot. The budding love story is powerfully written and, at times, tends to overshadow the murder mystery. This is not a bad thing; in fact, it is the thing that made me read on, to see what would happen.
Prodigal Son has sassy, flawed, believable characters that feel like people I could know. Vivian Nash, an older woman who lives alone in a three-story Victorian house, is trying to hang on to her independence. Levi Swanson, an auto mechanic, is a recent addition to town, and the newest neighbor of Ms. Vivian. Martin “Marty” Shuller, the small-town sheriff of Huntsville, is committed to looking out for Vivian, checking in on her, having tea with her. Susan (“Suzie Q”), Shuller’s secretary at the police station, plays cupid for Marty, setting him up with her friend Jeanie Jacobs, the dispatcher for the town’s fire station.
Marty and Jeanie bond over Susan’s son’s little league game, a leisurely walk after the game, and a helping of apple cobbler at the local diner. Sweet, and very small-town Friday night.
By the way, the Harrigan case mentioned throughout the novel refers to the murder investigation from Ms. Lopez’s debut novel, Between the Shades of Light and Dark. I did not read her first book (yet), so I was a little confused about why it was being mentioned, until I did a little digging.
Crimes rarely happen in this small, Mayberry-“esque" town; so, when the police station gets a call from Vivian, Sheriff Shuller rolls out to investigate. Someone has been spying on her house. And, it was not the first time. But, who would spy on a little, old lady?
Then, during Marty and Jeanie’s first “official” date, another crime occurs; one that rocks the entire tiny town right down to its foundation. It’s a murder of one of Huntsville’s own. And, it quickly becomes personal, for all involved.
I pride myself on being clever enough (most times, at least) to figure out the ending before actually reading it. This was not the case here. The surprise ending was not only satisfying, but fitting as well.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that there were omissions, typos, and misused words. But, the overall story was solid, and a pleasant, enjoyable read. Ms. Lopez has crafted a worthwhile story.
Give Prodigal Son a read, you won’t regret it. 3 ½ stars
HKelleyB is an editor, proofreader, and book reviewer. This honest review is given in exchange for a free copy of this e-book.