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  • Superb mystery!

    The McLaren series is one of my fave mystery series on the market today. This is the third book of the series I have been blessed to read. Hide and Seek is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. If you want a classic British who-dun-it then this book is for you. I have read/watched more than 100 mysteries (probably close to 500) and invariably I can know who did it within 20% of a book. Hide and Seek had me guessing all the way. I never knew who did it until it was revealed. That is the sign of a superb mystery. The author gracefully brings a new reader up to date with what is going on with the main characters. This is a superb read for a fan of the series and an easy read for a newbie. The twists and turns of the investigation keep the reader on edge. The myriad possibilities keep the reader excited. Truly a terrific mystery book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend this to every fan of mystery novels. A great read for everyone. Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it. My Rating: 5+ stars

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  • Mysterious, Suspenseful, Thrilling!!!

    Turn off BBC and one-click “Hide and Seek,” for an ace British Mystery!!! This book is such an engaging, entertaining, intriguing, mysterious, suspenseful, thrilling read!!! I really enjoyed teaming back up again with one of my favorite English Investigators, McLaren! This is the fourth book I’ve read and enjoyed from the accomplished author, Jo A. Hiestand. So, I was thrilled to get the chance to read her latest work – “Hide and Seek,” which is Book Twelve in the McLaren Mysteries Book Series. Jo’s writing only continues to improve and grow with each book! I know she will be author I will continue to read over the years! It was really great catching back up with McLaren! He really has become one of my favorite English investigators! He is charming, kindhearted, intelligent, compassionate, polite, benevolent, and sincere. He is exactly who I would want on the case if I ever needed that kind of help. This book is not quite like the usual McLaren cases and with the considerable addition of Jamie Kydd on the team it only improved the story line. Jamie was a valuable addition to this book and a very likable, genuine, relatable character. The partnership and mentorship between Jamie and McLaren showed a strong, enriched connection, with promising development and growth. I really enjoyed these two characters working together and I hope to see more of them together in this series. It is clear the author did a thorough and extensive amount of research while constructing this book. That plus her own unique advantage of having previously spent time in England, created reliable and credible details throughout the story line. Ms. Hiestand’s skilled knowledge of the mystery and crime solving discipline continues to shine through in her elegantly crafted and detailed scenes. This book has exceptional mystery crime solving structure with enough clues and excitement to keep you guessing, but still practical and realistic in police procedures. And of course, there are some fun red herrings that will keep you on your toes as you try to solve the case!! I loved the added extras the author provided at the beginning of the book. The author included a list of characters with a short description of who they are they and how they relate to the story. I love when author’s do this because books that are character driven (enjoyably so), like this book, can sometimes get confusing or overwhelming with so many character names. So, it helps to have a quick reference section to easily follow along. I also really liked that the author included a map of “McLaren’s Patch of Derbyshire.” All these extras really enhanced the story and provided important details for the reader to follow along. This book has a creative story line that evenly flows, superb writing style with meticulously well-described scenes, strongly developed characters, is steady paced, and completely keeps you fully entertained!! There are some predictable scenes. However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming! This book is Book Twelve of the McLaren Mysteries Book Series. Although, this book is part of a book series, it can absolutely be read on its own as a standalone. As you can see, I started in the middle of the series, with book seven, nine, ten, now twelve, and haven’t got lost yet lol! However, there are strong and significant character and story line overlaps so it may be more enjoyable to start with book one to get the full benefits of this book series! All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it! I think all British mystery readers and mystery fans will like this book too – and this book series! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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