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  • Great second book in a series

    This is the second book in the Aspen Adams series, I haven’t read the first so these characters were all new to me. This can be read as a stand alone novel, as it is a completely new story, although there are a couple of references to the last book, or last case. Aspen Adams is dating Nick Shaper, a Detective for the Placer County Sheriff Dept. Aspen is working as a PI for her aunt Maxine’s detective agency. Although keen, Aspen is still learning the ropes, going dumpster diving, not one of her favourite jobs, but who would enjoy rummaging through someone else’s rubbish, especially if you find nothing of use! What she really wants to do is investigate, but I think she needs to learn a little patience! After all a lot of PI’s spend a lot of time just sitting in cars watching and taking photographs. Aspen’s gynaecologist is found dead, Aspen had had two missed calls from her that morning, but she hadn’t thought anything of it as she was awaiting some test results. It’s only when Nick calls her to say he couldn’t make dinner, that she learned what had happened, she tells Nick of the calls. He tells her not to get involved, but that is like asking her to stop breathing, she just can’t help herself.. My only problem with this bit is surely he shouldn’t be telling her anything, ok it’s a small town so I realise it would be in the news.. Later in the story Nick gets called out to a crime scene and Aspen goes with him to protect him, but he is a police detective, and we have been told he has moved there to get away from high crime rates and murders, so why would he need Aspen to protect him? Sorry but that just bugged me a little, my only gripe I promise. Aspen is also now guardian of her 14 year old niece Candace, who is upset when she hears that the Dr is dead as she had seen her, when she first arrived, from what I can gather. Aspen is also a qualified therapist but has given that up to focus on being a PI. Aspen had got to know Gloria Morning during her last case, at the time Gloria was a reporter, but is now a co anchor for a year old news station KINC. Gloria asks Aspen if she could look into some threatening letters she is getting, these random notes have been turning up professing to be saving Gloria from bad people in her life. The only problem being that after she receives each letter, the person mentioned turns up dead!!! But none of these people have done anything to hurt Gloria, adding to her confusion. Or is she after more attention for herself? This is a well drawn out plot with lots of suspects to keep the reader guessing. I like Aspen and the relationship she has with Nick and want to see more of how that is going to go, Candace seems mature for her 14 years but maybe she has had to be with her mum being a drug addict. This is a quick and easy book to read, I will go back and get the first book to see how things started. But if you are looking for a quick relaxing read, with some gorgeous descriptions of Lake Tahoe that makes you want to just get on a plane and visit. I can certainly recommend this book. For me it’s a cozy curled up in a chair with a cup of cocoa type of read. Fun, great characters, I did guess who was responsible but only from something I picked up on at a. Stage in the book. I would like to thank #Netgalley and #beyondthepagepublishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • Great Read

    This is the first book I’ve ever read by this author and it was a great book. Aspen is working as a PI and taking care of her niece. She is dating the sheriff. When her Dr is murdered she can’t let it go. She is hired to solve several murders. This is the second book in this series and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The characters are likable, the mystery is suspenseful and intriguing. Looking forward to more books in this series.

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  • Great mystery

    This was a great mystery from the beginning. Lots of suspects but what was the motive? Who would solve the case first, the sheriff's office or the PI? Would the case come between Aspen and Nick? I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mystery.

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  • Highly recommended!

    A solid mystery, full of suspense and entertaining. I was happy to meet again the well written cast of characters and I loved the engrossing plot. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Spectacular second entry in this new series

    Aspen Adams is working for her Aunt Max’s PI Agency and raising her teenage niece, Candace, in Lake Tahoe. Having given up her career as a therapist in the big city after a patient committed suicide and her divorce she’s doing her best to make a new life. When one of her new friends asks her to find out who is sending her letters claiming that recent murders were done to protect her, Aspen steps up to help, even if it means putting herself in harm’s way. As the body count rises, Aspen isn’t quite sure who the killer is, but there are quite a few suspects on her list and she needs to clear them all to save her friend and hopefully stop the murderer from killing again. A true page turner that will have you feeling the heat, smelling the pines, and the uncertainty of who the murderer is. Daryl Wood Gerber is a fantastic writer and I have enjoyed quite a few of her series over the years and look forward to more from her in the future. If you love a good mystery, this is an author to add to your reading list!

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