Helen Evans returns in Susan McBride’s fourth River Road Mystery!
Spring has sprung, the river is rising, and when Luann Dupree, the head of River Bend’s Historical Society, vanishes into the night, everyone in town is convinced she’s run off with her Internet Romeo. But her lifelong friend, Sarah Biddle, is convinced Luann is the victim of foul play. No one believes her—not even her husband, the local sheriff, so she turns to Helen Evans for help.
As River Bend’s resident puzzle-solver, Helen’s tackled many a local mystery before. So she agrees to help Sarah, even though she’s not so sure herself that Luann is really in trouble. But as the town’s flood waters slowly recede, dead fish and muck aren’t the only things Helen finds. She begins to uncover town secrets, false identities…and the very real chance that Luann might not be discovered alive…
“Packed with small town charm!”—Denise Swanson
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About the Author
Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood and the Debutante Dropout Mysteries that include The Good Girl's Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, Too Pretty to Die, and Say Yes to the Death. She also writes the bestselling River Road Mysteries and has penned three women’s fiction titles: The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She chronicled her bout with breast cancer in the short memoir, In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After Forty. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first I’ve read in this series, I got to know several of the townspeople throughout the story: a small Illinois town on the Mississippi that is home to 200 people. Most elderly and all very active. Starting with Luann, the director of the town’s historical society, she’s now feeling a loss of ‘something’ and through an on-line site has met her Mr. Maybe. She’s soon disappeared, and is only texting her best friend Sarah and sheriff’s wife, that she’s overjoyed, and has given up her job, apartment and any interest in staying around. Totally out of character, but at first, Sarah is the only one who thinks it’s wholly wrong. Then there is Bernie and his wife Betty and sister-in-law Clara. Here is where real life invades the story with great poignancy and heart: Bernie is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s, and while Betty is caring for him at home, the ramifications for her and her family are great. While Clara is spending more time with Betty than at her own home, the care and management of this poor chap are really down to his wife, who he has passed the point of recognizing. In the middle of this all, and something of a Miss Marple in her own right is Helen, Clara’s best friend, widowed with a pushy and quite demanding cat, crossword puzzle addict and, it seems, in the middle of all the town’s goings-on. With Luann disappeared and a new director hired in her place who has managed to push all the volunteers out, no one listening seriously to Sarah’s concerns, and the spring flood causing evacuations near the harbor and everyone watching the water levels: there are more than a few elements in play. Add in some ‘mysterious big discovery’ made by Luann before her disappearance, Bernie wandering away twice, only to return reasonably unharmed once, a con-man setting his sights on the elderly man again after successful scams run previously and some mysterious clues popping up as Sarah digs deeper – there are multiple little mysteries woven into the larger questions about Luann’s disappearance. A wonderful story that I read in one sitting, and now feel that I have reasons to return and revisit with Helen and the group at River Bend. I’m sure that those who knew and already found friends among the characters in town will find this story to be as engaging and intriguing as I did, with plenty of little questions answered as the plot rolled on to present the villain, the solution and the difficult choices that were made. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
COME HELEN HIGH WATER was my first book by author Susan McBride, but the fourth in the River Road Mysteries series, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Happily, I didn’t feel lost at all. I quickly got to know to all of the small town characters, flaws, quirks, and all. I was pulled in for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. There were so many things happening in this story. A missing person, murder (?), rising flood waters, the subject of Alzheimers. So much packed into one tale, that I’m not sure which storyline intrigued me the most. With so much going on, I wasn’t sure how it would end. I had so many questions. However, author McBride did a great job pulling everything together for a satisfying conclusion.
This book was a page Turner! I love surprise endings and this book definitely had one. Well worth a reread.
COME HELEN HIGH WATER by Susan McBride “It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure.” What a wild ride, through flood waters and brambles, persevering with the help of friends and family! The puzzles within puzzles and the smooth flow of masterful writing kept me reading, unwilling to stop until every last thread was untangled. Scoundrels with no conscience would seem the worst, but the rising waters and the inexorable scourge of Alzheimer’s proved to be even tougher foes. Love and humor leavened the serious themes. I loved Helen out-pacing the sheriff because she walks all the time and he doesn’t, but she doesn’t rub it in. He is even beginning to admit that she’s good at solving puzzles, maybe because of all her practice with crosswords in purple ink — yay, Helen! She’s also great at listening to get to the bottom of people’s problems, as was my mom, and in helping others and standing up for what’s right (and she carries a flip phone). No wonder I love Helen and this series! “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” Favorite new invented word, fauxmanced. ;-) * I was surprised and pleased to find my own name attached to a character, a shy beautician. I have no purple boots or bedazzled jeans, may have to get some, but I did have colorful patched bellbottoms in college. I hope to see more of her in future books . . . but I’ll wait patiently. Good work takes time.