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The Perry County Sheriff’s office has a problem on their hands. They found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body 40 years after his disappearance, the family turns to their niece, Deena Sharpe, to uncover the truth about his murder. Deena, a burned-out high school teacher, soon discovers that a mysterious author is about to implicate her d The Perry County Sheriff’s office has a problem on their hands. They found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body 40 years after his disappearance, the family turns to their niece, Deena Sharpe, to uncover the truth about his murder. Deena, a burned-out high school teacher, soon discovers that a mysterious author is about to implicate her dead uncle in his latest conspiracy theory. She must channel her inner Lara Croft and Lois Lane to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers. Along the way, she discovers some truths about life and herself as well.


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The Perry County Sheriff’s office has a problem on their hands. They found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body 40 years after his disappearance, the family turns to their niece, Deena Sharpe, to uncover the truth about his murder. Deena, a burned-out high school teacher, soon discovers that a mysterious author is about to implicate her d The Perry County Sheriff’s office has a problem on their hands. They found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body 40 years after his disappearance, the family turns to their niece, Deena Sharpe, to uncover the truth about his murder. Deena, a burned-out high school teacher, soon discovers that a mysterious author is about to implicate her dead uncle in his latest conspiracy theory. She must channel her inner Lara Croft and Lois Lane to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers. Along the way, she discovers some truths about life and herself as well.

30 review for Sharpe Shooter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Intriguing plot JFK, army sharpshooter, derailed cop, and a former teacher - lots of people and mystery in an exciting package. Recommended and clean.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    In Sharpe Shooter, author Lisa B. Thomas weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that easily draws the reader into ex-teacher turned amateur sleuth Deena Sharpe's adventure when she tries to uncover the fifty year old cold case mystery behind her late Uncle Matthew's unexplained disappearance and murder, when his skeleton is discovered in the closet of the Perry County Sheriff's Office. Deena takes the reader along on her amateur sleuth adventure as she tries to clear her family's name and uncove In Sharpe Shooter, author Lisa B. Thomas weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that easily draws the reader into ex-teacher turned amateur sleuth Deena Sharpe's adventure when she tries to uncover the fifty year old cold case mystery behind her late Uncle Matthew's unexplained disappearance and murder, when his skeleton is discovered in the closet of the Perry County Sheriff's Office. Deena takes the reader along on her amateur sleuth adventure as she tries to clear her family's name and uncover the truth behind her uncle's murder. This captivating and fast-paced whodunit tale has enough quirky characters, witty humor, drama, intriguing twists and turns, and conspiracy theories that will keep you guessing. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the story takes place in rural Maycroft, Texas, a picturesque southern town with a lot of heart and charm. The description of the town and its residents was simply wonderful, there's nothing better than down home country charm and living. This entertaining cozy mystery tale will keep you engaged as you turn the pages following along with Deena's investigative adventure, and you can't help but get caught up in the drama and calamity that ensues as she tries to solve her uncle's murder. Deena's story unfolds with a wonderful balance of comedy, drama, and suspense that easily kept me guessing, and left me wanting more. Sharpe Shooter is a riveting cozy murder mystery that will engage you to join in the crazy adventures and trials and tribulations that occur, while providing you with a dose of good ol' southern charm and humor. Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I'm normally more of a true crime or noir fan when it comes to the mystery/crime genre, but this "cozy mystery" book wasn't bad. Its darkly comical attitude towards suburbia lifestyle reminded me vaguely of Return to Foreverware. I'm normally more of a true crime or noir fan when it comes to the mystery/crime genre, but this "cozy mystery" book wasn't bad. Its darkly comical attitude towards suburbia lifestyle reminded me vaguely of Return to Foreverware.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    First Response: A bit of a slow start, but it certainly got going after a bit! And it's based on a true family story. Full review on my blog coming later in May. My Disclaimer: I received a discounted price on this book through BookBub. Here is my honest review of the book for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review My Review: Deena's mood dives when her retirement is requested at the end of the school year by the principal wh First Response: A bit of a slow start, but it certainly got going after a bit! And it's based on a true family story. Full review on my blog coming later in May. My Disclaimer: I received a discounted price on this book through BookBub. Here is my honest review of the book for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review My Review: Deena's mood dives when her retirement is requested at the end of the school year by the principal when she won't feature his daughter on a four-page spread in the yearbook. And that's when we meet her. She's cleaning out her classroom on the last day and grumbling to herself about it all. My impression just then? I was really hoping it went up from there really fast. But it didn't and there was a very good reason for it. Deena had to wallow in her own misery for a bit before things could get better. When the editor for the local paper says there's no opening for her and suggests she does some writing online, she's disgruntled. She's been a journalism teacher for many years. What does she need to do online writing for? Just because he has all those 20-somethings working for him. Is she too old? Out of style? Out of step? Housecleaning at the Police Station turns up a John Doe, who turns out to be Deena's Uncle Matthew, who disappeared in the 60s. The family asks Deena to investigate it so that they're sure to get the whole story. Someone else is investigating it, too. Does he want just a story or something else? He's being strangely elusive and secretive. As Deena moves through the investigation and learns things about different people in her life, she learns things about herself as well. The way she sees people changes and the way she sees herself changes a bit each time, too. So while this is a cozy mystery, this is also a story about a woman who gets a second chance to set herself on the right track in life. I strongly recommend this to those of you who like second chance stories as well as cozies. Sharpe Edge is Book #2 in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    I listened to an audio version of this book. The story itself: The plot left a LOT to be desired. If I were reading this, I wouldn't have finished it. A lot of the story felt forced and contrived. It was like the author wanted to fit in different lines of investigation but they didn’t quite fit together. The author tried too hard to fit in the lines of plot so the story felt forced and clunky. On the other hand, the narration by Madeline Mrozek was the best part of the whole story and it made it I listened to an audio version of this book. The story itself: The plot left a LOT to be desired. If I were reading this, I wouldn't have finished it. A lot of the story felt forced and contrived. It was like the author wanted to fit in different lines of investigation but they didn’t quite fit together. The author tried too hard to fit in the lines of plot so the story felt forced and clunky. On the other hand, the narration by Madeline Mrozek was the best part of the whole story and it made it so much easier to listen to. She was easy to understand. I didn’t get confused on who was talking when she read dialogue. Overall, I’m only just “meh” about this story. I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randi Robinson

    Deena Sharpe lost her job as a high school journalism teacher and is writing blog articles in hopes of getting a newspaper job. A body found in the sheriff's evidence room is identified as her uncle Matt ("really our second cousin but we call him our uncle") who disappeared 50 years ago. She breaks the news to her aunt and promises her she will try to find out what happened to him. Thinking this will make an interesting story (it sure beats writing about what Labor Day means to people), she star Deena Sharpe lost her job as a high school journalism teacher and is writing blog articles in hopes of getting a newspaper job. A body found in the sheriff's evidence room is identified as her uncle Matt ("really our second cousin but we call him our uncle") who disappeared 50 years ago. She breaks the news to her aunt and promises her she will try to find out what happened to him. Thinking this will make an interesting story (it sure beats writing about what Labor Day means to people), she starts researching his death but finds many conflicting clues. Toss in an author who is convinced Matt was the second shooter in the Kennedy assassination and you have quite the interesting set of characters. The author is a native Texan, a high school journalism teacher, and grew up on Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, and she drew on all of these to write this story full of Southern charm ("That dog don't hunt" and hissy fits), a satisfying mystery, and a little humor. Madeline Mzorek did an excellent job narrating the audiobook with just the right accent and touch of humor. This book is the first of a series and I look forward to reading more. I received this audiobook through the adopt-an-audiobook program of Audiobookworm promotions in exchange for this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike Billington

    I bought "Sharpe Shooter" thinking I was going to read a fluffy, sometimes silly mystery with a naive heroine and a wandering plot. I was disappointed. In a good way. Author Lisa B. Thomas has crafted an excellent mystery novel with a heroine "of a certain age" who is wondering just what to do with her life now that she has retired - not entirely voluntarily - from her job as a journalism teacher. She gets pulled into a web of intrigue when asked to help solve a long-standing family mystery; one in I bought "Sharpe Shooter" thinking I was going to read a fluffy, sometimes silly mystery with a naive heroine and a wandering plot. I was disappointed. In a good way. Author Lisa B. Thomas has crafted an excellent mystery novel with a heroine "of a certain age" who is wondering just what to do with her life now that she has retired - not entirely voluntarily - from her job as a journalism teacher. She gets pulled into a web of intrigue when asked to help solve a long-standing family mystery; one involving an uncle who disappeared without a trace a half century earlier. What she learns along the way is sometimes shocking but she perseveres even though there are times when she feels unequal to the task and other times when she isn't sure that she really wants to know the truth. In Deena Sharpe, Thomas has created a very intriguing heroine. Deena is not a brash youngster out to save the world but a Fifty-something woman who keeps pushing forward even when she'd rather not because her desire to do the right thing outweighs her private insecurities. She is happily married and devoted to both her husband and her brother, a veteran who never fully adjusted to life as a civilian. She can be funny and she can be fearless but she can also be frightened and stubborn. She is, in other words, a fully fledged character and not a one-dimensional one. Thomas has surrounded Deena with some equally interesting characters: Her husband Gary, brother Russell, two aunts who want to know what happened to their missing kin before they pass on, and an author who specializes in conspiracy books all help to keep the narrative flowing smoothly. That narrative is enlivened by the author's descriptions of social life in the Dallas suburbs: The gossip sessions at the beauty parlor, the courtesy-laden push-and-pull of conversations over afternoon tea, and church socials at which information can be gently pried out of people all read with a degree of authenticity that anyone who has ever lived south of the Mason-Dixon Line will recognize. The plot revolves around two conspiracies - one local and one with national implications. I won't say more about that because doing so would be unfair to readers and to Thomas but I will say there are some very interesting twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages of this excellent story. "Sharpe Shooter" lacks the cuteness of what we generally expect when we read a cozy mystery, but it is not lacking in humor. (I especially like the scenes in which Deena meets former students whose names she can't quite remember.) In short, this is a warm, well-written book with wonderful characters and an interesting plot authored by a writer who has a fine eye for detail and atmosphere. I have no qualms about recommending it highly.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Sarff

    Who says Indie authors can't write great books? Anyone who feels that way should read this mystery by Lisa B. Thomas which has fully developed characters and a very intriguing plot. Deena's Uncle Matthew Meade went missing in the early 60's and there has never been any leads. A conspiracy theorist tries to tie the disappearance to one of the most heinous crimes in American history. Deena tracks down everyone who knew her Uncle at the time he was murdered in an attempt to prove that he was a man Who says Indie authors can't write great books? Anyone who feels that way should read this mystery by Lisa B. Thomas which has fully developed characters and a very intriguing plot. Deena's Uncle Matthew Meade went missing in the early 60's and there has never been any leads. A conspiracy theorist tries to tie the disappearance to one of the most heinous crimes in American history. Deena tracks down everyone who knew her Uncle at the time he was murdered in an attempt to prove that he was a man who did not do anything wrong. The story is so well-written, it kept me turning pages and staying up late. I would read anything by this author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Bryson

    A fun who-dun-it with all the classic elements of a cozy mystery and more. The sleuth is a recently retired schoolteacher with the added facet of going through a career crisis. Deena tries to uncover the mystery of her late uncle’s unexplained disappearance when his skeleton is turns up in an evidence locker. A forty-year-old cold case tied to the Kennedy assassination might never be solved in real life, but Thompson pulls it off with plausible hints leading to a believable solution.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna Burke

    Great cozy mystery with a mature protagonist who proves to be a pretty darn good sleuth. Deena Sharpe, retired journalism teacher, gets more than she bargained for when she sets out to help a aged aunt. Deena, smart and determined, is resourceful and persistent in the face of the surprising twists and turns that this enjoyable mystery takes. Such a fun book that cozy mystery fans will find entertaining from start to finish.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    This was a compelling mystery that pulls the reader along with equal parts suspense, humor, and great characterization. The MC, Deena Sharpe, is so warmly human that this reader empathizes with her, laughs with her, and gasps when she's in danger. Her relationships with her husband Gary and brother Russell are especially endearing. Being from Texas, it was fun to read a mystery set near Dallas, but this is a story with wide appeal.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bernie

    Sharpe Shooter review Sharpe Shooter is a slightly different cozy mystery written by author Lisa B Thomas. Deena Sharpe is a fifty something ex teacher who has a good marriage and a loving supportive spouse. She wants to be a reporter. Good characters. Hope there's a series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    I enjoyed this mystery set in Texas. The main characters are well- drawn and likable with enough human foibles to make them real. The pacing mostly good and the addition of a little conspiracy theory mixes it up. Give this author a try. Worth the read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Sharpe shooter Fast read,good writing and a great plot. A high school journalism teacher gets fired and ends up trying to find out who killed her uncle 40 years ago. A very enjoyable mystery.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joyce K. Wire

    A good story I really enjoyed this book. The characters came alive for me and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact I ordered the second book in this series as soon as I finished this one!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I would read more by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This mystery kind of dragged for me. I didn't really feel connected to the characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nadeen

    Better than the average cozy mystery. All mystery and no romance,

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    There was nothing really wrong with this book. I thought it was a little slow and a few things didn't seem to be relevant to the story. But I loved the last half when the pace picked up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Halbmaierje

    Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Sharpe Shooter, a Cozy Suburbs mystery written by Lisa B. Thomas and narrated by Madeline Mrozek. I received a free copy from Audiobookworm Promotions in return for an honest review, and I am quite pleased to present this review to you. Deena Sharpe, an antique-lover and former high school journalism teacher, agrees to help her family find closure by trying to find answers about the murder of her second cousin “Uncle Matthew” when his body is identifie Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Sharpe Shooter, a Cozy Suburbs mystery written by Lisa B. Thomas and narrated by Madeline Mrozek. I received a free copy from Audiobookworm Promotions in return for an honest review, and I am quite pleased to present this review to you. Deena Sharpe, an antique-lover and former high school journalism teacher, agrees to help her family find closure by trying to find answers about the murder of her second cousin “Uncle Matthew” when his body is identified 50 years after his disappearance. During her quest, her steps are dogged by a New York conspiracy theorist who seems to be trying to keep her from discovering the truth. With the trail being five decades old, Deena’s search keeps turning up more questions for which she may not be able to gain concrete answers. Was her uncle part of a nefarious plot, or was he murdered for personal reasons? Who is telling the truth...and who is offering a convenient story, trusting that she won't be able to find the person who can give it the lie? Sharpe Shooter was, indeed, a cozy mystery that kept me involved and guessing. I didn't know how it was going to end until I got there, and the story contained an appropriate amount of suspense. Overall, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I also enjoyed listening to Madeline Mrozek’s narration. She did the Texan accents well and had good energy while she read the prose as well as while acting out the characters. Five stars for Sharpe Shooter! I will definitely be checking out the second book in the series, and if you enjoy mysteries, you should give this one a listen!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kit Donner

    I do not give many five star reviews but this mystery is extraordinary! I do not give many five star reviews, but the story in this mystery book is truly an extraordinary one and it is unusually well told. Not almost perfectly told, but well enough told that the author fades almost totally into the background and the reader can stay within the story without periodic reminders that it is just a story that an author is telling me, and not life unfolding while I watch. There were a few places where I do not give many five star reviews but this mystery is extraordinary! I do not give many five star reviews, but the story in this mystery book is truly an extraordinary one and it is unusually well told. Not almost perfectly told, but well enough told that the author fades almost totally into the background and the reader can stay within the story without periodic reminders that it is just a story that an author is telling me, and not life unfolding while I watch. There were a few places where I noticed the author at work because of something in the way the author told the story, but those were very rare. None of them were awkward enough to disrupt following the action in the story as it continued to unfold. One of the best mystery stories that I have read in a long time. Recommended to anyone who loves a classic mystery story. There are probably no elements that will be extremely offensive to fans of "cozy mysteries" or "Christian mysteries", but I cannot be sure because I am not offended by as much as some people are. The language is not ever extended "bad words" and I do not remember even one, but I would not notice. There are no scenes of a sexual nature. The descriptions of violence do include some details about the damage done to a skeleton, which might bother the very squeamish, but in my opinion if you are that squeamish you probably should limit your mystery book reading to Encyclopedia Brown and other books for young children. Nothing worse in this book than what you would find in pre 1970 Nancy Drew as far as sex or violence that is depicted. Which is actually an amazing accomplishment in a riveting modern mystery story!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "Sometimes the truth hurts more than it helps." When Deena Sharpe, 59, loses her long held position as high school teacher, she quickly becomes bored with her retirement and instead decides to try her hand at journalism. After a slow start, she learns of the discovery of a skeleton in an old evidence box, labelled Jane Doe, dating back to 1964. Sent for forensics and a facial reconstruction, this very cold case has many surprises.including a connection to Deena's own family ( Format : Audiobook ) "Sometimes the truth hurts more than it helps." When Deena Sharpe, 59, loses her long held position as high school teacher, she quickly becomes bored with her retirement and instead decides to try her hand at journalism. After a slow start, she learns of the discovery of a skeleton in an old evidence box, labelled Jane Doe, dating back to 1964. Sent for forensics and a facial reconstruction, this very cold case has many surprises.including a connection to Deena's own family. She promises her grandmother that she will try to find out what happened. A really fun detective story with Deena and friends digging into the past, and discovering more about the family history than was comfortable. Numerous twists in the investigation and relationship interaction set in a Texan small town with all of it's gossip and prejudices, this makes for an enjoyable, and sometimes infuriating, read. The narrator is Kelley Hazen, whose deliciously entwined voice and Texan accent is a joy to hear. Always well paced and cadenced, she reads the text with warmth and gives individual voice to each of the numerous protagonists. This is a quick and easy read with a good story line and a cast of often colourful characters.And is the first book in a series of Maycroft Mysteries.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Between the Coverz)

    A witty light cozy mystery! Sharpe Shooter is a cozy mystery that follows Deena as she tries to uncover the truth behind her uncle’s murder. I was interested in this book because it was set in Texas. I like reading books with places that I know mentioned in them. I liked how the author mixed in mystery with history to create a unique and enjoyable read. Lisa Thomas has wrote a witty and adventurous mystery with a very intriguing plot that will keep you guessing at each turn. The characters are en A witty light cozy mystery! Sharpe Shooter is a cozy mystery that follows Deena as she tries to uncover the truth behind her uncle’s murder. I was interested in this book because it was set in Texas. I like reading books with places that I know mentioned in them. I liked how the author mixed in mystery with history to create a unique and enjoyable read. Lisa Thomas has wrote a witty and adventurous mystery with a very intriguing plot that will keep you guessing at each turn. The characters are engaging and well developed. The story contained a good amount of descriptions of how they go about their normal activities that helped make them appear realistic and connectable. Madeline Mrozek did a good job with narrating the story. She was easy to understand and gave good articulation. She did a good job of bringing the story to life and keeping you entertained. Sharpe Shooter is part of a series however, it can be read as a stand-a-lone and you do not feel that you are missing anything. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a light and fun mystery that will keep you guessing all the way through.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lidia

    This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: This is Deena Sharpe's first murder investigation - and it's really intriguing, engaging and funny:) It's also a wonderful introduction to all the characters that we will meet again in the next books in the series and it sets up mood for them - all murder cases Deena gets involved in are personal matters and hit close to home... The plot is fast, the leads appear and take us in different directions, there are a few possible suspects, all This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: This is Deena Sharpe's first murder investigation - and it's really intriguing, engaging and funny:) It's also a wonderful introduction to all the characters that we will meet again in the next books in the series and it sets up mood for them - all murder cases Deena gets involved in are personal matters and hit close to home... The plot is fast, the leads appear and take us in different directions, there are a few possible suspects, all with plausible motifs for murder and no alibis, and there's Deena - smart, a bit crazy, but warm and loyal to those she considers family and friends, sometimes too loyal for her own good:) She's definitely one of the more likeable amator sleuths in literature:) Narration by Ms Hazen is as usual very good. The voices are diversified, each perfectly matching the character it is given to; the pace of her reading is just right and the emotions conveyed in a clear, convincing way. DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In Sharpe Shooter by Lisa B. Thomas, a deputy at the sheriff's department in a Texas town near Dallas going through cold case materials discovers the remains of a Jane Doe from 50 years earlier, found in 1964 with a gunshot through the head. Appalled at the lapse in the department, the sheriff gets a forensic anthropologist to reconstruct the skull and the lab to do a DNA analysis, proving that the Jane Doe is really a John Doe. They strike gold in discovering the identity of the murdered man, M In Sharpe Shooter by Lisa B. Thomas, a deputy at the sheriff's department in a Texas town near Dallas going through cold case materials discovers the remains of a Jane Doe from 50 years earlier, found in 1964 with a gunshot through the head. Appalled at the lapse in the department, the sheriff gets a forensic anthropologist to reconstruct the skull and the lab to do a DNA analysis, proving that the Jane Doe is really a John Doe. They strike gold in discovering the identity of the murdered man, Matthew. His nearly-100-year-old mother asks her great-niece, Deena Sharpe, a former high school journalism teacher in her late 50s trying to figure out what to do next in her life, to look into the case. Deena's investigation leads her to meet a conspiracy theorist author, Leon Gault, and this takes her into a web of intrigue. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Even though this was a cold case that Deena Sharpe was working on, it was still filled with intrigue and a little suspense sprinkled in for good measure. I really liked her brother Russell and thought he was a good sleuthing buddy for her. Her husband Gary was a good guy too supporting Deena in whatever she came up with, although a couple of times he talked to her about being extra careful. It was clear that he was no sleuth, but he definitely didn't want anything to happen to his lady. There was Even though this was a cold case that Deena Sharpe was working on, it was still filled with intrigue and a little suspense sprinkled in for good measure. I really liked her brother Russell and thought he was a good sleuthing buddy for her. Her husband Gary was a good guy too supporting Deena in whatever she came up with, although a couple of times he talked to her about being extra careful. It was clear that he was no sleuth, but he definitely didn't want anything to happen to his lady. There wasn't really a way to guess who the killer in the cold case was since it was so long ago, but it was just interesting how it was mixed in with a guy who was writing a conspiracy theory book. Deena simply wanted to find out the truth not being sure what to believe at first. I'm definitely interested in reading more in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    This review is for the newly released audiobook but still applies to the book. I really enjoyed this story, with so many twist for the motive it keeps you on your toes and listening right up until the end. I love the one liners and playful banter between the main character and her husband, it had me laughing in a few places. Deena gets a phone call that turns her life upside down, when after 50 years her missing uncle's body is found in the evidence room at the police station. Triggering multiple This review is for the newly released audiobook but still applies to the book. I really enjoyed this story, with so many twist for the motive it keeps you on your toes and listening right up until the end. I love the one liners and playful banter between the main character and her husband, it had me laughing in a few places. Deena gets a phone call that turns her life upside down, when after 50 years her missing uncle's body is found in the evidence room at the police station. Triggering multiple conspiracies for the reason for his death. Deena and her brother start looking into the past in the hope that they can find the answers her grandmother needs to be able to rest in peace. The narrator was easy to listen too and the time just flew by listening to the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The closet needs a good clear out. A great first in series. The characters still need a bit more to become completely real but the plot is a nicely woven one. Even if it is based on conjecture. Take one new deputy (trying to make a name for himself) and the task of clearing out an old closet filled with old cases. Add a teacher who values her integrity (enough to get fired), a skeleton and old conspiracies floated by a popular writer. Result the skeleton turns up to be male and not female as cata The closet needs a good clear out. A great first in series. The characters still need a bit more to become completely real but the plot is a nicely woven one. Even if it is based on conjecture. Take one new deputy (trying to make a name for himself) and the task of clearing out an old closet filled with old cases. Add a teacher who values her integrity (enough to get fired), a skeleton and old conspiracies floated by a popular writer. Result the skeleton turns up to be male and not female as catalogued and is the former teacher's uncle who went missing 50 years ago. Is the author right and was her uncle part of the plot to assassinate Kennedy or will she find out different? Watch as she and her family struggle to find the truth.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and my second book by this author. The main character is Deena and in this one she is let go as a teacher after 20 some years and is thinking maybe she could be a reporter for the town newspaper. The owner tells her to tries write some articles off the net and as she is trying the find the body of her uncle who has been missing for 50 years and it turns out the cops had hie body but they had it down as female not male so no one found him. Her aunt who has waited a This is the first in the series and my second book by this author. The main character is Deena and in this one she is let go as a teacher after 20 some years and is thinking maybe she could be a reporter for the town newspaper. The owner tells her to tries write some articles off the net and as she is trying the find the body of her uncle who has been missing for 50 years and it turns out the cops had hie body but they had it down as female not male so no one found him. Her aunt who has waited all these years to find asks her to find out what happened if possible. It would seem impossible but she does it. I loved this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by narrator and really enjoyed it. I started listening to this series with the second book and really like being introduced to all the main characters. What can an out of work school teacher do to keep herself busy...Well Deena Sharpe has herself a family mystery to solve. After a 50 year old skeleton turns out to be her missing uncle, Deena is asked to find out why he was killed. With the help of her brother, Deena starts to turn everyo I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by narrator and really enjoyed it. I started listening to this series with the second book and really like being introduced to all the main characters. What can an out of work school teacher do to keep herself busy...Well Deena Sharpe has herself a family mystery to solve. After a 50 year old skeleton turns out to be her missing uncle, Deena is asked to find out why he was killed. With the help of her brother, Deena starts to turn everyone's world upside down. It's a great combination of suspense and humour in the sunny state to Texas. Well worth listening too.

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