Title: On Her Father's Grave
In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.
Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.
In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.
The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.
Author: Kendra Elliot
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Her Grave Secrets, Dead in Her Tracks
Series: Rogue River #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Gone to Her Grave, Her Grave Secrets, Walking on Her Grave
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Crime Drama
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I had great expectations for this book. From the blurb I was expecting heart stopping action and suspense. Not so much.
A lot of time was spent setting up the characters. There was back story galore. The author wanted us to know Stevie Taylor and her family.
Then there is the fact that Solitude, Oregon is a small town. Everyone knows everyone and their business. This is discussed at length too.
As for action and suspense, there was some, but it was overshadowed by the world building. There was a couple of deaths, but it took the whole book to find out how they died. There was also a chapter of action, but it went fairly quickly and actually left more questions than it answered.
Although this ended on a decent note, it is obvious this is going to be a series and must be read in order. The mystery of how and why the deaths happened is left unresolved. The featured couple, Stevie and current police chief Zane Duncan, reach an understanding, but there are obvious bumps in the road ahead. Threads are left hanging with other family members.
The world building was interesting enough to hold my interest and the continuing mystery will have me reading the next book, but I was left underwhelmed. However, it was a short and fast read, making a good bed time story.