Bailey Rhodes is used to running away from problems. When she returns to her hometown for a class reunion, and runs into her old boyfriend, Randy, she struggles to keep her emotions and past hurts hid deep in her heart.
When a local landlord is found at the bottom of the ledges, she doesn’t believe it’s an accident. Randy and his parents are prime suspects. In her pursuit to find the killer, she may lose her friends, and gain a broken heart in the process.
|Publisher:||Candy Ann Little|
|File size:||174 KB|
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Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by~JoAnne Review Copy Provided by~the Author This was a cute story and a very quick read – only 59 pages. It ended too soon, this could have easily been longer. The happily ever after is alluded to but you don’t know for sure what the outcome would be so there wasn’t really closure. The description of the small town, the main street with its businesses and the locals could have been any small town in the U.S. and you felt a part of it with the vivid descriptions. Bailey runs into her boyfriend from high school and she is always throwing cryptic remarks his way. Once a body was unexpectedly found Bailey went into P.I. mode making everyone in town a suspect even though the police told her more than once to butt out and that it was an accident. When all her sleuthing was done, it was a murder and she identified the killer. Some twists and turns but easily could have been a few more since I guessed who the killer was early on – just didn’t know why. It was an enjoyable read although not my favorite. I would give another book by this author a shot since I haven’t read her before with hopes for a longer, more involved storyline that gave closure by the end. Favorite Quote: “It’s easier than my job. I constantly have to prove myself. Just because I’m a woman people automatically think I’m an airhead and can’t do the job. The P.I. business is tough, but it’s twice as hard for a woman.” She fidgeted from foot to foot.
Reviewed by Paul J. for Readers Favorite Bailey Rhodes never liked the small town life, and having her heart broken was the last straw. After completing high school she moves to New York City where she attends college and then joins the NYPD. She begins to feel the rules of the police are too restrictive and quits the force and becomes a private investigator. Now, years later she reluctantly returns home for her reunion. She immediately sees her old flame Randy in an intense argument with another man, a man hated by most of the town, who subsequently turns up dead. The local police want to believe that the death was an accident or even suicide, but Bailey’s instincts and experience tell her differently. As Bailey begins to investigate she is immediately warned over and over again to leave it alone. Things progress with the evidence pointing more and more toward her old high school sweetheart. Although she is a firm believer in the evidence, her heart tells her that maybe she is wrong. Could the man she loved all those years ago be a cold hearted killer? Although not overly fond of romantic mystery stories, I found this one to be quite enjoyable right along the line of the cozy mystery genre. It is a simple, easy read with well defined characters, particularly the protagonist, and a sound plot. The story and dialog are written in such a manner that the reader can actually feel the exasperation of the young woman, frustrated at every turn but wanting to do the right thing. Very nicely done.