This wasn’t how Police Chief Zane Duncan expected to spend his first Christmas with fellow officer and girlfriend Stevie Taylor. But when a local motel calls in the discovery of a dead body, the couple’s holiday takes a grim turn. This is the second murder in Solitude within the week, despite the fact that their primary suspect is already in custody. Together, Zane and Stevie must face a disturbing truth—their small town may be harboring two killers.
As their investigation digs deep into the backgrounds of newcomers and longtime residents alike, Zane and Stevie also struggle to adjust to life under the same roof. Even if the stress of homicides and cohabitation don’t bring an end to the couple, the murderer lying in wait just might.
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Dead In Her Tracks
by Kendra Elliot
Rogue Winter # 2
November 17, 2015
This is the second in this series, that features two authors, not writing the same book, but instead, each writing every other book. This is the second time this duo has written a set of novellas about the small town of Solitude, Oregon. These are mysteries, with a thriller aspect, and each features one of two couples-the same two that were in the original set of books.I received a copy of this from Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Taking place soon after the first in the series,Tracks of Her Tears by Melinda Leigh, this one begins with the body of a murdered woman being found in a motel room. The police chief, Zane Duncan, and his girlfriend, police officer Stevie Taylor, are called in to investigate. Since in the previous book, another woman had been murdered and the murderer is in jail, their thought is that it could have been done by the same person because the body has been there awhile. So the question here is, is there one murderer in town, or is there two? And of course, why this girl, as they already know the motive for the first murder.
I enjoyed the characters of Stevie and Zane as much as I did in the first series featuring them, titled, Rogue River. In that series, Stevie had come back to town, after being a big city police officer for years. Her father had died, leaving her mother and brother alone on their ranch. Of course, Stevie and Zane fell in love in that novella. Stevie is still taking it slow(seven months), and won’t move in with him-although she is there most nights. For Zane’s part, he can’t wait to marry her.She’s everything he wants. So yes, this is both a mystery and a continuation of the couple’s relationship.
Since this is a novella, I am not going more into the mystery. I enjoyed this read, probably a tiny bit more than the first one, but they both are definitely worth the read. I recommend this, and the previous novella, to readers of romantic suspense or mystery. If you enjoy these, be sure to check out the previous series,Rogue River.
FYI-No sexual scenes, but some violence-for people probably 15+
The review copy of this book was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Kendra Elliot
Kendra Elliot grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She’s fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a strong Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai.
The BONE SECRETS NOVELS: HIDDEN, CHILLED, BURIED, ALONE, and VEILED (a novella.) KNOWN coming JAN 2016.
The CALLAHAN & McLANE novels are a spin-off of the Bone Secrets books. VANISHED, BRIDGED, SPIRALED, and a fourth coming Summer 2016.
BURIED was a 2014 International Thriller Writers finalist, a 2014 Daphne Du Maurier winner, and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice finalist.