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Sarah is a detective and has the resources he needs to solve the case. Unfortunately Sarah is determined to make him do the dirty work, which wouldn't bother him much if anyone in the town actually cared about Theo's murder, but the people in town are ecstatic Theo's dead. And have some of their own dirty secrets to keep. To make matters worse Sarah's more interested in getting Scott between the sheets than solving the murder.
Scott, on the other hand, only has eyes for Maggie. He just can't get Maggie to give him the time of day.
Scott hates gossip. But he does get closer to his goal with Maggie as he opens himself up to the gossip around town, and it's a small town, in order to solve the crime.
Along with the "anybody could be the killer" aspect this book is a fun read. Rose Hill had me laughing out loud, and I can so relate to the small town gossip mill.
The town has its diversity of residents who are still divided into groups based on their ancestry - the Irish (who own the pub), the Italians, etc. In a town with only 500 residents, I doubt the ancestral heritage dividing them would be so strong. The inhabitants of such a small town would be mostly a homogenous group sharing similar values and history.
I gave the effort a generous 3 star rating mostly for effort and in appreciation for editing. I wasn't distracted by grammar, punctuation or formatting as can often be the case with Amazon Kindle self published works. Rose Hill's setting and background development needs to be tweaked for authenticity. Define what season it is and stick with it for the story, don't just suddenly have nasty winter driving conditions appear and disappear based on the necessity of a reason for a car crash. BTW, I live in the mountains with year round visitors coming in for boating, skiing and hiking. When it snows, that is a big event that changes pretty much every aspect of our daily lives.
The same was true for many of the characters. They were so indistinctly drawn that except for Scott, Maddie, and a few others, each time I encountered one, I had to stop and think who that person was and his or her relationship to other characters. They never became ‘real’ people, just names on a page.
The characters also mostly came out of Central Casting. We had the town bully, the wounded war vet, the snobby woman who looks down on the town and citizens, the rich old lady who insults every one she talks to. None of the mothers approved of the person their son or daughter married. Almost all the men and women had the morals of alley cats. Many of them were at least borderline alcoholics.
The writing was very basic as if aimed toward a middle grade audience. Although some sentences were so convoluted, I had to read them several times to understand their meaning.
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friendships between the characters. It was a bit difficult to follow all of them the first half of the book because...Read more
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