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About the Author
Debut author Lee Mims holds a master's and bachelor's degree in geology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and once worked as a field geologist. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Currently a popular wildlife artist, Hiding Gladys is her debut novel. She lives in Raleigh, N.C. Visit the author online at LeeMims.com.
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Amidst this new energy revolution that is occurring in North Carolina, the readers will be exposed to murder, multiple mysteries and a most interesting discovery. Cleo's ex, Bud gets in on the action as do their two children, Will and Henri. The author uses vivid descriptions throughout this book as well as a sharp sense of humor! I really love Tulip as she definitely adds to the mix...in more ways than one.
I was completely fascinated with the entire process of fracking and the drilling of the wells.. Some common myths are put to rest concerning the chemicals contained therein. A couple of other items that were most educational to me were the creation of the pylon for the exhibition at the Smithsonian and also the vitrinite reflectance test used with the crushed shale.
The author ties everything up nice and tidy at the end so there are no loose ends. There are several twists and turns that the reader will not see coming which I always enjoy in a book.
Most highly recommended and for multiple reasons. And, Tulip is my kind of dog!
Please note that I was provided a PDF file from the publisher for an unbiased review.
Sheriff Stuckey was the cause of the loss of Cleo's family - her mother's death and her father's incarceration (now released) for a murder he didn't commit. And now the sheriff is doing everything he can think of to convict Cleo of the murder - never mind that she didn't know the victim, and had no stake in profiting in any way from his death.
Along with this, there is the upcoming wedding between Cleo and her ex-husband, Bud, all being planned by their now-grown children, Will and Henri. Cleo doesn't want anything to do with a big, splashy wedding, but Bud does, and so does her daughter, the actual bridezilla, who is turning into a whirling dervish over the entire affair.
Even though Cleo is told by Detective Chris Bryant to stay out of it, she doesn't, mainly because she's been accused, and partly because there has been an apparent attempt on her life, which she isn't sharing with anyone but the detective.
I enjoyed the book for the most part, and I understand that Ms. Sims is a geologist; but unless you're interested in the subject, it gets boring fast. I don't mind a little information regarding the drilling and what they're doing, but when it goes on for pages, I lose interest. I don't go to drill sites, and unless others who read this book do, they probably wouldn't find that part interesting, either. Give us enough information to let us know what's going on, but don't overload our senses with things we don't care about. (The same goes for any mystery, really.)
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