THE BREAKDOWN BROADENS...
Julia Ford is hidden in plain sight in Shutter Lake, her local newspaper column, The Good Life, belying the fact that she was once famous globally for investigative journalism… and for the unthinkable act that put her on the run.
But her past shows up in the form of FBI agent “Rick” Richards, looking for a partner last seen in the area.
Their search draws them into the hunt for Sylvia Cole’s killer, exposes Julia’s demons and unearths another deadly secret in a once-perfect town built on lies
Four Strong leading female characters, four different points of view to the murder mystery in a small town of Shutter Lake and to the secrets revealed while solving the mystery. The Breakdown four-part serial novel is written by four suspense authors and published only a week apart from each other.
All The Lies is the third installment to the serial mystery novel told by the point of view of Julia Ford, the Pulitzer nominated famous investigative crime journalist, now living the quiet life in Shutter Lake. Julia's decision to leave Chicago came after tragic events in her life, events that left scars to her mind and soul, events that still play out in her nightmares after five years of healing.
The investigation of the recent murder in the town, and the disappearance of a young girl, and an FBI agent brings the hunted memories back to her mind and her ex-lover back to her life.
I was left with some questions about Rick, the ex-lover, and to some of the points to the shared history with Julia. Since the finale to the serial novel is told by another woman's point of view, I am afraid these questions will be left open-ended.
Rick and Julia immerse into the investigation of the two missing people, and the connection between them is like before like no time has passed. They read each other's minds, without words they communicate with each other while on the case, yet the lies that were told between them years ago broke the fragile trust and any possibility for second chances.
The details of the secrets of the prominent people of the town are coming to the light, at least to the readers, and shows the gritty, dirty lies the people are living with.
Each clue Julie and Rick reveal links the missing people with the murder victim. Something dangerous and deadly is happening in Shutter Lake and considering what we have learned about the secret lives of the local folks, anything is possible at this point.
The story of the previous books continues rather seamlessly, and this one as well ends in a cliffhanger. Even though each installment does have a new heroine, the tales are linked with each other and needs to be read in the order they are published in.
An intriguing, cozy, small-town murder mystery that crumbles the walls of the fabricated facades covering the true colors of the rich and famously talented folks of Shutter Lake
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Peggy Webb is a USA Today Bestselling author from Mississippi. She has written 70 novels, 200 magazine humor columns, 2 screenplays. Called a "comedic genius" by her peers, she writes romantic comedy and the hilarious Southern Cousins Mysteries as Peggy Webb. She writes literary fiction under the pen names Anna Michaels and Elaine Hussey. Pat Conroy calls her literary work "astonishing" and Kathie Fong Yoneda labels it "brilliant." The author calls The Sweetest Hallelujah,written as Elaine Hussey, "the best book I've ever written." Advance reveiwers say "if you can buy only one book, make it The Sweetest Hallelujah." Learn more at www.elainehussey.com.
An actress and musician as well as a writer, Peggy composed the blues lyrics that appear throughout The Sweetest Hallelujah. She has been in many stage plays at her local community theater and says the role she enjoyed most was the Witch in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." "I was playing against type," she says. :)
Peggy loves gardening, playing piano, singing in her church choir, hanging out on her front porch with friends and owning dogs "who think they are the boss." She considers her greastest accomplishment "raising two wonderful children who are good people, good citizens and good parents." She says, "I adore my four grandchildren who call me Gigi. Thank goodness, the feeling is mutual."