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Sheriff Joseph Mauro is summoned to a local lake in Stone County, having received a report of a dead woman along the water’s shore. With foul play a possibility, he utilizes the help of his two female deputies in questioning family members and friends. As the three of them search for clues and possible motives, the case takes an unexpected turn, and Sheriff Mauro must rely on his instincts if he is going to weed out the killer.
“Who’s the victim?” A woman’s voice inquired from behind.Joe didn’t even bother turning around. He knew who it was.
“Claire Gass,” he said. “Is Ira with you?”
“She’s coming down the hill right now,” the woman answered.
Joe rotated his head with his knee to the ground, looking in the direction of the deputy. Janelle Bowden, an African-American woman with wide brown eyes, stared back at him. Her coffee-colored hair was tied up in a bun.
“Looks like someone hit her over the head and dumped the body here,” Joe said. “A fisherman discovered her early this morning when he was putting his trailer in the water.”
“A forced drowning?” Janelle asked.
Joe shook his head. “I don’t think so. The body would be bloated and show signs of decay. Plus, it can take days or weeks for a drowned body to surface. They usually float on top of the water, not wash up on the shore of a still lake. This body is fresh. I figure she died in the last twelve hours.”
Kevin is known for his short stories, and this is another. it is a quick read and enjoyable one! I finished the novella in less than an hour and was impressed with the story line and couple of twists/turns the author provided! My only quibble was the beginning of the story felt like there had been a prior novel/story and the new reader was unaware of the character's history. Then the story progresses and you do wonder if a series of novellas or a full fledged book was planned for the story arc, as it reads somewhat like an edited story arc preview for a full fledged novel. personally I'd LOVE to read a full length book taken from this novella and fleshed out. The characters are interesting, the mystery is well thought out, and there was a surprise to keep the reader hooked! Let's hope the author takes these characters into novel form!
About the Author
Prior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, Kevin Hopson was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. His debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. Kevin has released several other books through MuseItUp since then, and he has also been
published in various magazines and anthology books. Kevin's writing covers many genres, including dark fiction and horror, science fiction, and crime His latest book is the crime/mystery, Broken Family. You can visit Kevin’s blog or Facebook pages for more info!
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