Murder in Montana is never simple
Every dead body in Butte is someone's kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it'd feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he's known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.
It's been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake's daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family's secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they'd broken long ago…
An intriguing murder mystery in a small town Montana, where everyone knows each other, where the connections are deep, and culprits nearly impossible to find, since no one is talking against their family and friends, yet everyone is talking about the crime and investigation.
The story was easy to read, easy to get into. The suspense had a great flow in it, and the steps to discover the culprit were believable and logical. The atmosphere was very realistic and bare, like in the old cop movies.
The suspense worked well for me. The culprits were not obvious, and it took some time to figure it all out.
The romance between Blake and Jeremy, in my opinion, could have had more background and more depth to it. The first kiss came out of the blue, and after that, their commitment and deeper feelings were causing conflicts. Considering how long it had been since they lived in the same town, and were friends, the speed of the attraction to action and deeper feelings was too fast, for me, without any deeper communication to base it on.
Blake was insecure about her position at the police force, her ability to investigate the murder, she came off defensive and prickly. Jeremy had always had a crush on Blake, but she broke his heart long ago, and now he wasn't sure about her feelings towards him - and that I understood, I wasn't sure about them either.
I liked the characters, they were very realistic, with faults, insecurities, problems, and drama. They made hasty decisions and felt guilty about the outcome. I wish there would have been more communication between Blake and Jeremy, but they worked well together after they got over their insecurities. The physical attraction was palpable, yet I longed for deeper connection beyond the obvious.
The author has a unique and fresh voice, her own style that draws a clear picture to the reader's mind, and makes it easy to follow the tale.
A mysterious death in a small town Montana, a town filled with possible corruption, frightening connections, and suspicious leadership.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Danica Winters is an Amazon bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year Award and Chanticleer Media’s Paranormal Book of the Year for her novel Montana Mustangs.
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me