Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

by Jo A Hiestand


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Michael McLaren returns home from working a cold case in Cumbria to learn that he's missed his uncle's wedding in Scotland. Angry and fearful that his absence has re-opened the family rift just as it's healed, he drives to the ancestral home, hoping his appearance and explanation will be accepted. He's more than welcomed. His uncle asks him to investigate the murder of his first fiancee.Fiona Lennox was found in a rowboat on a Scottish loch, shot to death during a late night photo shoot. Why would she rent a boat after dark? Did she take it out to photograph the moonlight on the water? She could've done, being a professional photographer, but she was also a proponent of civic and environmental causes, which she documented with her camera. Did someone linked to one of her crusades kill her, or was the motive personal?As McLaren uncovers layers of Fiona's life and the reason for her nocturnal outing, he and his family are targets of intensifying attacks. But it's not until he races against a kidnapper's deadline and the threat of a loved one's watery death that he realizes who killed Fiona-implications that are as deep and dark as the Scottish loch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721853090
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/24/2018
Series: McLaren Mysteries , #9
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folk singing stint. This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Peak District mysteries and the McLaren cold case mystery series.
Jo's insistence for accuracy, from police methods and location layout to the general feel of the area, has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.
In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.
Her cat Tennyson shares her St. Louis home.

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Photo Shoot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Allykitten More than 1 year ago
This book was such an intriguing, suspenseful, mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed solving alongside one of my favorite English Investigators, McLaren! Last year, I had previously read and enjoyed Jo’s other book, “An Unwilling Suspect,” so I was thrilled to get the chance to read her latest work – which also happens to be part of the same series. “An Unwilling Suspect,” is Book Seven in the McLaren Mysteries Book Series, while this new book, “Photo Shoot,” is Book Nine. Jo’s writing only continues to improve with each book! I know she will be author I will continue to read over the years! This book focuses mostly on the main character, Michael McLaren, an English investigator and the cold case his family requests his help looking into. McLaren returns home after closing a case to learn that he just missed his uncle’s wedding. McLaren has just barely mended those fences to be back on the ins with the family, so he decides to head down to Scotland to make it up to the McLaren Clan – better late than never. When he arrives, his uncle asks him to look into the murder of his first fiancée, Fiona Lennox. Fiona was a professional photographer that was found murdered in a rowboat on a Scottish loch. McLaren agrees to help investigate Fiona’s death, but it isn’t long before he and his family become under attack and it’s clear that whoever killed Fiona now has their sights set on the McLaren family. This book has a great storyline that flows, terrific writing style with detailed scenes, well-developed characters, is fast paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page. It is clear that Ms. Hiedstand knows the mystery, crime solving scene as she writes with such elegant and professional detail. I love how this author included historical, cultural, and custom references in her writings as this gives the book that little extra something! I honestly do not know much about Scotland, besides what I’ve seen in Braveheart and The Da Vinci Code and on The Amazing Race episodes lol. However, this author provided so much detail and such beautiful descriptions, I felt like I was on my own charming, breathtaking stroll through Scotland. There are some predictable scenes. However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming! This book is book nine of the McLaren Mysteries Book Series. Prior to reading this book, I have only read, “An Unwilling Suspect,” which is Book Seven of this Book Series. Regardless, of having some insight to this book series it can still easily be read on its own without any confusion. However, having read two books in this book series now, I am an even bigger fan of McLaren and would recommend checking out the entire series – not because you need to read them for the books to make sense, but because you’ll want to read them, because of how intriguing and entertaining they are! All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it! I think all mystery and crime thriller fans will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Photo Shoot is the ninth installment from Jo A Hiestand's The McLaren Mysteries series. It is, also, my first book I have read written by her. I thought it was pretty good. I enjoyed meeting Michael and the adventure, suspense and mystery that he gets involved in. I had the book read in no time. I give Photo Shoot four stars. I look forward to going back reading the other books in The McLaren Mysteries to see what I had missed previously. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
Once again in Book 9 of the McLaren series, Jo Hiestand has McLaren headed deeper into Scotland to try and renew his relationship with the McLaren clan. After winding up another case, he finds out he has missed an invite to his Uncle’s wedding. When he calls his grandfather and says he’ll still be coming, he has no idea what faith his family has in him. He is only driving towards more challenges and more responsibility. Anyone who has seen my blogs and reviews or my comments on Jo Hiestand’s Facebook page knows I absolutely love this McLaren character. He’s the epitome of my favorite type of mystery character. He’s a tough ex-cop, he’s moody, smart as a tack and he’s always just a little bit in love. Oh, and I might add, he’s good looking; at least in my mind he is. See? Right there is an example of what Jo Hiestand can do. You obviously know McLaren is a fictitious character in a book and yet not only do I feel I know him personally, I even think I know what he looks like. That’s what you call character development. Her descriptive writing of the Loches and the lands of Scotland makes you feel as if you are in the middle of this beautiful country, so this turned out to be another great match in the McLaren series. I liked it so much I would tell you it was my favorite, but I like this McLaren guy way too much to have a favorite. I've loved this whole well-written series. ***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.