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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Excellent book

    This book had everything.....a great plot, likeable characters, etc. It was a book that kept me interested from beginning to end. Loved it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended!!

    As a native of the southern coalfields of West Virginia, I was drawn to the title and I was not disappointed. I could not stop reading. The descriptions of the mountains, culture, economics and the people were on target. The coal trucks, road conditions and coal dust added to the reality of the situation. I hope to read more in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Excellent story!

    Excellent book! I couldnt put it dowm!




    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    A really good book!! a page turner in the hills of West Virgini

    A really good book!! a page turner in the hills of West Virginia that has everything. The characters are unique and likable - the cultural climate is riviting - the cases are not typical whodunnits - the drug traffic theme seems realistic. I hope. Julia Keller will write more mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Loved it!

    I really, really loved this book. I'm glad I chose to read the first one in the series before reading the newest one. This is a great look into amodern day way of dealing with a lot of small town issues.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

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    Highly recommend. Hard to put down!

    Highly recommend. A good mystery. Hard to put down!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    A well written mystery novel set in Appalachia

    A nice tightly written mystery novel that does not reveal the mastermind of the events to the very end though Carla, Bell's daughter, is something of a stereo-type and I would have preferred that Tom,the mastermind, would have been required to stand trial.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Awesome

    Very good was not disapointed

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    This book was great, kept you reading and not wanting to put the

    This book was great, kept you reading and not wanting to put the book down. I REALLY enjoyed it and glad she is making a series of it. This author is going to go real far, as she writes a book that keeps your interest and keeps you in suspense

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