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I found this novel to be entertaining and a darn good murder mystery as well. A young woman strives to fulfil her Mother's last request of delivering a letter by hand to a person in Texas that the young woman never has heard of.
Having become homeless and jobless upon her Mother's passing, our heroine is ready to find a new life. Which is good as the receiver of the letter is found murdered the next morning and Nora Alexander finds herself the prime suspect.
This story is filled with revelations for Nora and other town members of Piney Woods, Texas.
My only regret is that book number two hasn't been published yet, but, I hope it will soon.
Nora Alexander follows her mother’s last wishes by delivering a sealed letter to a man in a distant town. Adam Brockwell dies within hours of receiving the letter. The town is shocked that their leading citizen, a man who is up for the Piney Woods Pioneer award, would have his life cut short so terribly. Nora, as one of the last people to see him, is the sheriff’s top suspect.
Under strict orders not to leave town, Nora snoops around, searching for a more viable suspect. The killer is wise to her every move and plans to silence her. Will Nora Learn the truth before she becomes another Piney Woods statistic?
Teresa Trent’s latest mystery is a delightful cozy romp.
Glad I took a chance on this first book in a new series. It caught my interest from page 1. While being an intriguing murder mystery, it’s also a heartwarming story with so many hidden secrets & just a touch of paranormal overtones. Looking forward to book 2!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 27, 2018
Secrets, lies, and a murder. Piney Woods is nothing like Nora Alexander ever imagined, but people thinking she killed Adam Brockwell is just plain crazy. Her mother seems to have had a past with the man, but she never mentioned the man to Nora. Why would she want him dead? Well, the plot thickens when the will is read and even the handsome police chief Tuck Watson thinks she may have done it and has told her not to leave town. To be able to stay she gets a job at the Tunie Hotel behind the desk. The owner turns out to be the chief’s aunt who hopes to renovate the place and bring it back to the glory it had not so many years ago. Nora meets several people and some secrets are revealed, but are they enough to prove her innocence?
The characters are what really made this mystery shine. Nora’s mother’s deathbed wish sends her to Piney Woods where first she meets Tatty and Ed, who own a B&B. Nora quickly moves in and the three become fast friends. They never doubt her innocence for one minute. She meets Marty, a woman driven to fulfill her dreams of making the Tunie Hotel a thriving business again. Max also works at the hotel. They also believe Nora had nothing to do with the murder. Chief Tuck Watson is easy on the eyes and he is sweet on Nora from the moment they met. If they could just get this murder mess straightened out. We are introduced to several more characters, like Adam Brockwell’s son, the Reverend Alton Siddons, and a woman from the bank who handled Adam’s investments. All the characters are all unique, memorable and pretty fleshed out for the first book in the series.
Ms. Trent takes these wonderful characters and swirls them together in quite a mystery. Seems not everyone thought Mr. Brockwell was a “good man”. He had secrets and enemies. This story is full of little twists and turns, but the final one just about gave me whiplash. Surprised, you bet I was. It is not a story I will soon forget. There is also a happy event at the end and Nora has a revelation I can’t wait to see play out in the next book.
I loved these characters and their story so far. I am excited to see what the author has in store for them next. My next trip to Piney Woods can’t happen too soon.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 18, 2018
Good books have a rhythm and this one never lost a beat.
Books really do have a rhythm. There are those which seem to stop and start and those which flow as smoothly as a waltz. There is nothing more enjoyable than to read a book with no “hiccups” in the rhythm. Well, this first book in the Piney Woods Mystery Series was a waltz. I enjoyed every moment of it and the author truly never missed a step.
This small town setting with a nice mix of warm people has a lot in common with many other small towns trying to stay alive in today’s world. The story has a few characters that are immediately likeable and each has their own distinct personality. A lawman of course, gossipy old ladies, a sweet old couple nagging at each other lovingly and a smart lady trying to rebuild a life and a business. Well, you know, all the characters that make a good book. Don’t fret though, the story has its own set of dastardly characters too.
I guess this could be defined as a cozy. It did make me curl up and read. It was one of those books you can’t wait to finish but are sad when you actually do because it’s over. I hope there is a follow-up.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 25, 2018
In this enjoyable mystery, Nora travels to a quaint Texas town where she is soon entangled in a murder investigation and uncovers an abundance of secrets about her mother’s past and the past of the town’s favorite man and benefactor. With the help of local B&B owners and the hotel owner, Nora draws on her inner strength to cope with the challenges she faces. Her interactions with Tuck add a potential romantic interest to her life, which I suspect will be a thread in future books in the series. Some aspects of the plot were somewhat predicable, though there were a few unexpected twists. Overall, an interesting and well-paced start to a new cozy mystery series. FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 16, 2018
Family secrets abound in this small town novel. Nora has one last thing to deal with before her old life comes to its conclusion and she begins again. She has no idea why her mother wants a letter hand delivered. As life takes unexpected turns for Nora and secrets unfold, she repeatedly wonders why her mother could not just have mailed her last letter. Characters who you want to like while not knowing who you can trust. Characters who you want to dislike, but you see they have redeeming value. Not an easy mystery to figure out
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