Thursday, May 20, 2010

Broken Places

Broken Places
by Sandra Parshall

A man with something to hide, a newspaper editor desperate to save his paper and a forty-year-old secret are the key elements in Broken Places, the third book in the Rachael Goddard series. Rachel and her assistant Holly Turner overhear an argument between Ben Hern and Cam Taylor. Cam leaves. Later, Rachel and Holly find Cam's car on the road. They stop to help him and hear gunshots in the woods. Rachel investigates and finds Cam's body. A short time later Cam's house burns down. His wife's body is found in the house. Ben was the last person to see Cam alive but Rachel can't believe that her old friend murdered someone. Her loyalty to Ben drives a wedge between Rachel and her boyfriend, deputy Tom Bridger. Rachel thinks that Tom is focusing on Ben to the exclusion of other suspects so she starts asking questions. The characters are well drawn. The inter-play between Rachel, Tom and Tom's ex-girlfriend add to the suspense. [If you like this, you may also wish to try The Serpent Pool by Martin Edwards, Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson and Wild Penance by Sandi Ault.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

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