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A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Bell Elkins grew up in Acker's Gap, West Virginia. After a tragi

Bell Elkins grew up in Acker's Gap, West Virginia. After a tragic
upbringing that includes a fire and the death of her father, she then
goes from foster home to foster home. She goes away to college, gets
married and has a child. She feels drawn to return to Acker's Gap...
Bell Elkins grew up in Acker's Gap, West Virginia. After a tragic
upbringing that includes a fire and the death of her father, she then
goes from foster home to foster home. She goes away to college, gets
married and has a child. She feels drawn to return to Acker's Gap to
make a difference. Her marriage falls apart and she takes her daughter
home to West Virginia. She runs and is elected prosecuting attorney for
Raythune County. The county has a serious drug problem and Bell is
determined to clean up the county. While Bell is working on another
tragic case where a child was killed she learns that 3 elderly men have
been gunned down in a local diner. The same diner where her now 17 year
old daughter Carla was waiting for her Bell to her up. The eatery was
full of witnesses but it happened so fast no one really saw the shooter.
Why were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted? Was it
random? Drug related? Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw,
but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she
might be able to help her mother do her job. Bell vows to find and bring
the killer to justice not knowing her daughter may already know who he
is or that Carla may be putting herself in danger to help her. A Great
Debut to a new series!! Julie Keller has created some wonderfully
flawed characters and set them loose in West Virginia. This first story
has more than one mystery for readers to follow and she has woven them
together seamlessly. We learn about Belfa's (yes, that her real name)
past and her dysfunctional family that made her the woman she is today.
A young boy is killed and Bell has to decide how to move forward
charging a mentally challenged 28 year old. Three elderly residents are
gunned down by an unknown assailant. Add to that Bell's teenage daughter
going through normal growing pains and then she witnesses this terrible
shooting. Bell has a true friend in the sheriff and he is there to walk
with her through the mayhem and he does his best to protect her. I love
the meetings over pieces of pie as they try to sort out the clues. Last
one to arrive buys the pie! Bell has a lot on her plate besides her job
a prosecuting attorney for the county. Her sister has just been paroled
from prison and her daughter would rather be living with her dad. With
this a foundation has been laid for the series moving forward. Bell is a
strong woman with a noble agenda that will probably get her in lot of
trouble. One of my favorite parts of this story was Bell driving in the
mountains to question the mother of the mentally challenged suspect. The
author's description of the winding roads, cliff drop offs, up and down
the mountains, made me feel like I was right in the vehicle holding on
for dear life. Extra tension was added when she was being followed. It
was a white knuckle moment holding on to my kindle as I couldn't read
the pages fast enough. I am looking forward to my return to this
"shabby afterthought of a town". If you are a mystery lover
you too will enjoy this story.

posted by Dollycas on August 27, 2012

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This would have been a much better read had there not been so mu

This would have been a much better read had there not been so much foul language. I think a good novel can be written without swearing and cursing.

posted by tootsieWV on January 15, 2013

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHY IN GODS NAME WHEN ITS SAYS CUSTOMER R

    WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHY IN GODS NAME WHEN ITS SAYS CUSTOMER REVIEW PEOPLE LIKE DOLLYCAS (8-27-201) WHY 
    DO U HAVE TO WRITE A DAME BOOK ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  U TAKE UP THE ENTIRE PAGE FOR GODS SAKE/  SAY YES IT WAS GOOD
    OR NO I DIDN'T ENJOY THE OOK/ YES IT PISSES ME OFF THAT U WRITE AN ETIRE BOOK ON HOW YOU FEEL /  GET OVER IT GIRL

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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