4 days ago
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Review: Rose Hill
A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Pamela Grandstaff, an independent author, about reading and reviewing her latest book, Rose Hill. First things first, I want to apologize to Pamela for taking so long to read the book. I got it right before I started the whole moving process, and it's taken me a while to get started on it. However, once I started it, I couldn't put it down. Let me tell you what it's about:
When the bludgeoned body of rich and rotten Theo Eldridge turns up in the kennel of the local veterinary, police chief Scott Gordon is determined to solve the case before Sarah Albright, the county sheriff’s investigator, beats him to it. Scott is convinced that temperamental bookstore owner Maggie Fitzpatrick is the woman for him, but she’s still grieving over the mysterious disappearance of the love of her life six years previously. Although determined to resist the powerful chemistry between them, Maggie is resolved to help Scott find the killer. As Maggie and Scott attempt to untangle the sticky web of Theo’s shady business dealings, they discover a dog-breeding scam and enough arson, graft, and blackmail to supply motives to a dozen suspects. They also uncover some dark family secrets that may connect Theo’s murder to another committed twenty years previously.
I have to tell you, I loved this book. It was a great mystery set in a very small town, where everyone knows all your business. I grew up in a small town, so I could really relate to these people and actually kind of felt like I knew them. I definitely know people LIKE them! Another fun addition to the story was Duke, the community cat. Duke pops up all over town, finding food, places to relax, and love with all (or most!) of the locals.
Not only did this have a great mystery with a bunch of twists, there is also a budding romance in the background of this novel. Scott and Maggie - will they? Won't they? Could they?
All in all, I loved this book - you should definitely check it out. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the Rose Hill mystery series, Morning Glory Circle.
Thanks again to Pamela! You wrote a highly entertaining book, and I am so glad that I am able to spread the word!!!