Rose petals fall far from the grave….. Sarah MacIlvy has been avoiding the intrigues of Indigo Point for a decade, keeping it and her troubled past away from her daughter. Now her Aunt Clara has passed away and she must return to claim a surprise inheritance and confront everything and everyone she ran away from; her lost love Tom, his overbearing father Edward, and a town full of the suspicious and senile. Yet no funeral would be complete without a murder, and she soon finds herself embroiled in a mystery that threatens to take away her independence, her family, her very life. Sometimes for catharsis you have to face your fears. Sometimes you have to burn them to the ground….
Review: This is one mystery that keeps on mystifying. I had thought I was close to solving the mystery when I realized I was only a quarter of the way into the book. Okay, one part of the mystery solved but then comes the next part, and the next, and the next. The mystery kept evolving, keeping me on my toes, keeping me guessing, and keeping me turning the pages.
Sarah is a tough character who survived an even tougher childhood. I have to wonder how she turned out as sane and trusting (of some) as she did. While she holds no love for those that have done her wrong, she has an open heart for those that have helped her over the years. She’s also a very determined woman in everything she does. This made me like her. She runs after a murderer without thinking about it and she takes a baseball bat to a house with bad memories. I really like that kind of moxie and wish I had more of it.
Tom was a little too easy-going. After spending his life under the thumb of a controlling father, he’s decided to push back and be his own man but it seems to me he lets go a little too easily. He takes in news of his father’s deeds and of Sarah’s life with little more than a nod and acceptance. He is, however, a good man and he strives to do what is right for everyone. And, of course, he supports and believes in Sarah. What more can you ask from a man?
The writing is excellent, with plenty of twists and turns in the story line that kept me up at night. The descriptive text was also superb, sending me back to the Pacific Northwest for a few nights. I believe this is a first time book from Turner as I wasn’t able to find any others but I do hope there are more coming – I look forward to both the writing and the stories.