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Private investigators Beth Kirby and Michael Preston are hired by wealthy socialite Evelyn Doyle of Savannah, Georgia, to prove her husband is cheating on her. During the surveillance, the husband ends up dead and Mrs. Doyle becomes the prime suspect. Is Evelyn the real killer or is it the shady business partner? Did they find a mistress?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Secrets of the South Mysteries
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Threads of Suspicion, Evie Blackwell Cold Case Series #2Dee HendersonBethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 44 Reviews
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eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun Mystery With Great CharactersJuly 6, 2017eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I am predominately a historical reader--something about visiting a different time and place appeals to me. Reading this mystery, however, I felt almost as if I had been transported to another time, and without a doubt, to another place.
The culture of Savannah, and its unique layout and parks, is very different from any place I have yet visited, but after reading this novel I am intrigued enough to add it to my "someday" travel list. The setting is very much a character in this novel and the descriptions in the book greatly add to the atmosphere and suspense as the book progresses.
The main characters in this installment are Beth and Michael, the PI partners assigned to the mystery outside of their usual environs of Natchez. Both of them have unique quirks and the interplay between the two of them, the give and take of the partnership, is a lot of fun to read. As the romance began to develop, I felt that the awkwardness and hesitancy were realistic, and the overarching loyalty and concern that each had for the other was a refreshing break from what can sometimes be decidedly one-sided in friends-turned-more stories.
Despite the book being a murder mystery, there is a lot of humor that, along with the romance, keeps things from becoming too dark or morose. The Christian beliefs and reliance on God also lends a hopeful feel to the novel, even when it comes from imperfect characters. Overall, the characters are people that I wanted to root for and that kept me invested in the book as the pages turned.
Those who enjoy cozy mysteries will likely enjoy this book, too. It is not necessary to have read previous books in the Secrets of the South Mysteries to understand everything going on, but readers who like to follow recurring characters (even though different ones are highlighted in different books) should go back and enjoy these mysteries from the beginning.
I received a free copy of this book from the author but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Reader4 Stars Out Of 5Light summer readJune 29, 2017ReaderQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Easy read, good characters and kept my attention.
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!June 19, 2017CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sunset on Old Savannah is book four in Secrets of the South Mysteries by Mary Ellis. This book is an excellent read. There are plenty of action packed happens throughout this story. I was on the edge of my seat this story was so good. I love the faith, love, devotion, heartache and suspense in this story. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!
CT ReaderNortheastAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Hard-to-Put-Down StoryJune 7, 2017CT ReaderNortheastAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Sunset in Old Savannah" is another good mystery in the Secrets of the South Mysteries series. This story moves along with twists and turns and kept my interest piqued. I picked it up to read every chance I got. Another new investigator has been hired by the end of the book, so hopefully this means there will be a fifth book in the series!
I was given a complimentary copy of the book by Harvest House but was under no obligation to even review it.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Loved the Town as Much as the MysteryJune 2, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.