Another of Ellen's assignments is interviewing for the paper's "Around The Town" column, and in this capacity, she meets Graham and Sophia Clarke, newcomers to the community. He's an administrator at Columbia; she's his beautiful Greek wife. Ellen and Sophia become fast friends, so it comes as a great shock when Sophia ends up dead.
Sophia Clarke is found murdered, and to all appearances, Ellen is the last person to have seen her alive. When Ellen's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, she's arrested, and evidence steadily mounts against her. Ellen takes matters into her own hands as her romantic feelings for Pete intensify. Closing this case could either save Ellen or lead to her destruction.
"A determined amateur detective who'll garner fans with her refusal to either back down or give up."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have to say that this is not my usual type of read but it is definitely one that I am glad that I came across. It was an enticing read that had me flipping through the pages, I found myself very interested and eager to come home to finish the book. It didn’t take me long to finish, which like every book lover, was heart-wrenching that I had to go back to reread it again just to satisfy my inner voice screaming for more. I would recommend this book to everyone, because though you may think it may not be the book for you, trust me you would be wrong to think that, I would have been part of that small group who would’ve thought the same, and that is why I can truly say that you will not regret getting a copy. -Marie Co-Owner of Ctrl, Alt, Books! Blog http://ctrlaltbooks.wordpress.com
This story has the freshest plot and characters. That made the book much better than comparable books. In the beginning we are introduced to Ellen Grace, who worked for the Greendale Chronicle. One of her main assignments may have been a major detriment to herself. It was to interview the Grahams, who moved into the hoity toity old Halsy House. Ellen thought nothing of this interview. While there, she stayed to help them unpack and to get closr to Sophia. Graham kept his distance. Then one day she saw him near his job at Colombia University with another woman. Ellen followed her ALL the way home. Not long after, Ellen was invited to a party Sophia was throwing, along with a secret for her and Graham. This is when the cow kicks the farmer! Sophia spots Ellen at the party and goes ballistic, screamng to get her out of her house. Ellen, nor us readers, can understand why Sophia is so upset. Ellen ran upstairs to try to find out. Next thing you know, you will have to read the book to find out!!!! Disappointed or underwhelmed, absolutely not! Claudia Riess is guaranteed to blow your mind with this wonderful suspense mystery thriller! Thank you to Archway Publishing for giving me an e-ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.
Ellen Davis is a reporter for her local newspaper. Her assignments are rather tame .. cover the cook-off, welcome new residents, pick up the police log every day. This is how she meets, first of all, Police Lieutenant Pete Sakura. They don't exactly hit it off the first time they meet ...or the second. She also meets Graham and Sophia Clarke, newcomers to the town. Ellen and Sophia are instant friends, she's a little wary of Graham. You can imagine the shock when Sophia is murdered ... and Ellen was the last person to see her alive ... other than the killer. But it's a whole new ballgame when Ellen's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, strands of her hair wrapped in Sophia's hand, and a letter claiming that Ellen was having an affair with Graham. Ellen becomes an amateur detective, much against Pete's advice, but she's determined to prove her innocence before they lock her away forever. I've not read Claudia Riess before, but I am going to check out her other books. She writes a tightly wrapped crime thriller. The characters are so believable. And when Ellen is chasing down suspects on her own, I was getting really nervous. There is plenty of suspense and the ending is just right. There is no cliff-hangar, but I would really like to see Ellen & Pete become a series. Many thanks to the author and Word Slinger Publicity who provided a softback issue in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.