Missing Pieces

By Heather Gudenkauf

4 out of 5 stars

Jack and Sarah Quinlan head back to the small town of Penny Gate when Jack’s beloved aunt Julia has a terrible accident. Julia had raised Jack and his sister Amy after the murder of his mother Lydia. His father disappeared right after his mother’s murder and was thought to be the killer. Sarah had never known  any of this until she came back to town with him. She thought his parents died in an accident. When Julia suffers a seizure and then subsequently dies, things take a drastic turn. The police believe she was murdered and now Amy is the main suspect.

Sarah, at one time a reporter, starts to dig into her husband’s past and finds out so much more than she ever expected. She now writes the advice column and at first, overlooks a weird letter but when she gets more, all alluding to the blind mice, she knows someone is watching her.  With the help of Margaret, the chief’s secretary, she uncovers more and more about her husband and his family.  Who did she marry? And who really killed Lydia and Julia?

I have never not enjoyed a book by Ms. Gudenkauf. I always fall right into the story and love trying to figure it all out. I did figure out the murderer, I thought I had anyway, early on but it still made for a great read. I love a mystery set in a smaller town, where everyone knows everyone and everything about everyone. It makes you suspicious of many and this definitely fit the bill. Margaret seems to have her finger on the pulse of the town and is really a fun character. You might have to suspend your disbelief with how she helps but it didn’t bother me one iota. Isn’t fiction having to just go with the flow? This is another good story by Heather Gudenkauf and I look forward to what comes next.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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