Montana (Lola Wicks Series #1)

Montana (Lola Wicks Series #1)

by Gwen Florio


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Montana (Lola Wicks Series #1) by Gwen Florio

Lola wants out of Montana but must stay as a potential witness. Her best hope lies in solving the case herself. But this sure-footed journalist who deftly negotiated Afghanistan's deadly terrain feels frighteningly off balance in this forgotten corner of her own country where the isolation compels people to rely upon each other in ways she finds unsettling. While unraveling her friend's death, Lola learns the hard lessons of a fraught economy and that human bonds matter more than fleeting career success. Ultimately she comes to care about the people she meets in Montana—only to miss the warning signals that her own life is in danger.

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ISBN-13: 9781579623364
Publisher: Permanent Press, The
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Series: Lola Wicks Series , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Montana 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that you don''t want to put down . Loved the persistance and determination of the character Lola, in solving the murder case of her friend Mary Alice. I am looking forward to Gwen's next book, 'Dakota'!
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks has just returned from Afghanistan, a place where “filing the story and staying alive remained the only two things that mattered.” She is called back to the home office of her newspaper in Baltimore, where she finds that all the foreign bureaus were being shut due to the faltering US economy and the ensuing layoffs, and is faced with an assignment in the suburbs, told that she is lucky she still has a job. She is directed by her editor to take some R&R, since she’d not taken a vacation in years. Still determined to return to the war zone (reasoning that “once he saw the stories she’d file when she got back to Kabul, he’d realize it was a mistake to close the bureau”), she decides to first visit her friend Mary Alice, who she hadn’t seen in five years after their career paths diverged, with Lola going to Afghanistan and Mary Alice to Montana to work at a small local paper. When Lola arrives at the cabin in Magpie, Montana, she is faced with a grotesque scene: Seeing dead bodies in Afghanistan was one thing, but finding her best friend shot to death was quite another. Despite her planned return to Kabul, she vows to herself that if the apparently incompetent sheriff could not find the killer, she would. Finding any leads proves a difficult task, made harder when she is told she cannot leave Magpie, as she is a person of interest. Her reaction? “I’ve got a dead friend and a sheriff who won’t let me leave town until he figures out how she got that way.” Other deaths soon follow. Lola is told “Bodies [are] dropping like flies. How do you like Montana so far?” (A place, btw, that she finds can have snow in June.) After initially staying in a local hotel, she decides to stay in Mary Alice’s cabin, and there are wonderful passages about her friend’s dog and horse, neither of which is an animal with which she has had any experience. Her pursuit of the investigation leads to some unexpected twists and turns in a well-fashioned plot, and a whale of an ending. A gripping and fast read, beautifully written, the novel is recommended.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Montana’s surely as far as you can get from the killing hills of Afghanistan. No interpreters needed for an American reporter here. No threats around every corner. No sudden death. That’s what war correspondent Lola Wicks thinks anyway as she returns from Kabul and plans a brief, rebellious visit with her less enterprising colleague and friend. But Lola’s friend is dead, and the streets of a small Montana town might be as alien as the language of Facebook and Twitter or as dangerous as the alleyways of Kabul. Lola loses her assignment as Gwen Florio’s Montana begins. But soon she’s lost her friend, her grounding, and her plans for the future. An enjoyable, cynical, independent protagonist, she’s portrayed in this novel with a gritty, honest voice and firm determination. Expert at connecting with strangers in a foreign land, she struggles to read the people of her own. Expert at getting her own way, she’s quickly trapped in someone else’s. Expert at leaving, she struggles to find herself and come home. The Montana landscape, its people, its animals and its traditions all play a vital part in this tale. First People live in the borderlands of two countries, while Lola inhabits a bubble between two worlds. Death and life live side by side, fire and water, and future and past. The dialog is convincing, reflecting different relationships and different people. And the clues to the mystery gradually turn into truth at just the right speed. As Lola solves her friend’s death, she slowly resolves her own life. New relationships build themselves around her and, reluctantly, she learns to rely on others. But she’s been betrayed before. Will she manage to trust the people she’s met long enough to open her heart, or will she run away again? Not just a mystery, this is a novel of people, place, relationships and hope, and it's highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given a free preview edition by the publisher with a request for my honest review.
Gingy More than 1 year ago
Gwen Florio has written a gripping mystery novel (and I don't even read mysteries! However, since I know Gwen, I really wanted to read it!!!) I could NOT put it down. It was not only an exciting story but beautifully written. I would highly recommend it (even if you don't have the good fortune to live in this beautiful state that we are blessed to call HOME!) I'm already looking forward to a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting premise, but the characters were not fully developed. I wanted to know about the main characters war experiences, ptsd, etc. Just OK.