For me, this book had a small town feel that I was quite familiar with; everybody knows everybody, there are the true town gossips, the small town cops, the small group that really runs the town, and then the outsiders. In truth, the description of the town made me smile and feel nostalgic.
However, coming into this series for the first time, and this being the forth book, I feel like I have missed something. I feel like one of the newbies in town who has just started to settle in to Ponderosa Pines and its inhabitants. This is not to say this is not a stand alone book because it is. It just assumes that the reader already knows some of these folks.
The story opens with a woman on her way in to Ponderosa Pines, only to be caught up in a terrible attack that almost leads to her death. This sends the whole town spinning with theories and gossip that only small towns can do. In the midst of it all are town secrets and two cops who are intertwined with ladies who are wannabe sleuths.
I seriously loved these two ladies and their penchant for getting into the muck of things. They simply cannot help themselves. The fact that one of them is engaged to the town cop is irrelevant. She is going to do what she has to and that makes it a bit humorous, although, I am certain that the authors do not intentionally mean to make it that way.
The story is a whirlwind of informational sessions coupled with gossip sessions and who-done-it questions that make for a fine story. The only drawback I had for it was many things were easy to figure out but the reader had to get to the end to figure out how they all tied together.
The ending was plausible but certainly left the reader wanting to know more about certain characters fates. This I am sure will be answered in next books.
Overall, for me this was 4 stars.
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Disclosure: I was given a Kindle copy in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. This review is also part of the Great Escapes Virtual Tours.
~M.M. Hudson aka Naila Moon
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