Friday, May 26, 2017

A Mystery You'll Love in a Beautiful Old Town

In Savannah, Everyone Has Something to Hide

When socialite Evelyn Doyle hires investigative partners and best friends Michael Preston and Elizabeth Kirby to do some routine surveillance on her wayward husband, the detective duo find themselves embroiled in a mystery with more suspects than there are shells on Tybee Island.

Evelyn's husband turns up dead, leaving her as the police chief's prime target. The investigation reveals a hodgepodge of potential murderers, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. It's up to Mike and Beth to follow the trail of secrets that reaches further than the branches of the moss-draped oaks of Savannah.

As word of the case gets around town, business is booming for Price Investigations. When Mike and Beth hire Kaitlyn Webb, Savannah's newest transplant,
their workload eases, but will the ghosts of her past threaten everyone's safety before a killer can be put behind bars? And can Mike and Beth find love as their friendship and faith are put to the test?

Available on Amazon and Harvest House

Meet the Author:
Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, andLiving in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

My Take:
I have read most the books in this series, and Mary Ellis never ceases to keep me entertained. I have enjoyed all of Price Investigations Mysteries, but I think this one comes close to being one of my favorites.

Why? Well, I am not quite sure I can pinpoint that. Maybe it is the Savannah/Tybee Island setting, those moss covered oaks...  Just recently, I was blessed to spend a couple days there, so that certainly gave me a better appreciation for the location. I could totally picture the scenery and areas they were driving too as she mentions going on and off the Island, even though I wasn't familiar with all the exact places she talked about. (Sadly, I didn't get a chance to visit the historical district while I was there, but I read about it.) 

Beth, the senior investigator, is a character. She's spunky, courageous and knows her stuff, yet, more often than not, she sticks her foot in her mouth, rocks the boat with law enforcement, and wants to hide her head in the sand. Michael on the other hand, is a rookie investigator taking the lead. He has a good head on his shoulders, and often keeps Beth out of the hot spot. Those two are made for each other, whether they stay on that path or not, is still anyone's guess. There is some faith content, but it is by no means "preachy".

Mary did a great job of keeping me guessing during most of this novel. She offers quite a few choices for murder suspects, yet it is not easy to pin point which one may have committed the crime. Just the kind of mystery I enjoy! She also puts a nice spin on true Christianity, love, and forgiveness. I think it gives the reader lots of food for thought.

Mary introduces us to a new character in this book, whom I hope will be the main person in the sequel - if there is one (fingers crossed here). I can't say there was anything specific, I totally hated or disliked. Beth's attitude did get on my nerves a little at times, but knowing it stemmed from her insecurities helps a little in letting it pass. 

For those of you who haven't read this series at all, no worries, each book is somewhat of a stand alone. Of course the main Price Investigation characters carry over in each book, so it's nice if you know them in advance, but even if you don't you can pick up anywhere. 

I would recommend this book for mystery lovers. It does involve an affair, so if that is sensitive nature to you then you may want to avoid it, but other wise it is great entertainment. 

Disclosure: I was blessed with a free copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers to read. I was not required to review this book in a positive manner. All opinions are my own.

Other books in the series I have reviewed: 
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  1. I've never read any books by this author, but I'm definitely adding her to my "to-read" list on Goodreads. Thank you for such a great review!

    1. Kristi, Thank you for stopping by. If you love a good mystery, you will enjoy these. A new Price Investigations Case in each one.


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