Title: Between a Book and a Hard Place
Author: Denise Swanson
Series: Book 5 A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
Source: Received for review from publisher
Star Rating: 3 out 5
Reviewed by: Marlene
Nothing shocks her more then when she sees her mother for the first time since she left. Her mother Yvette, married Jett Benedict the man who is funding the re-open of the library. His only condition is he get to research the archives.
Within a few days of arrival Jett is found dead in the library and everything point's to Dev's mother and father. Her father Kern who recently was released from prison after being found innocent of a crime he didn't commit. It soon becomes Dev's mission to protect her parents in a race to find the killer before the police do.
With Dev's friends Boone and Poppy in tow they uncover a long hidden secret that could change the lives of some of the oldest families in town. Her's included. She also has the help of her two love interests, high school sweetheart, Noah with a meddling mother and Jake, ex-US Marshall with a meddling ex-wife. Not only does she need to keep ahead of the police but ahead of these two women if she wants to figure out which one she truly loves.
When Dev finds out the truth she is then put in the middle of a dangerous game where she needs to save not only herself but her friends.
The story was fast paced and there is quite a lot going on. The author was very good at propelling you through the story to see not only who the murderer was but what was going to happen in Dev's life next.
Ms. Swanson writes good characters but unfortunately for me there wasn't one I really could identify with.
They were likable but I personally had issues with the main character, even though she is a strange mix of a tough business woman and a vulnerable female (sort of paraphrasing a line from the book but it fits her to well) which is what I like she just missed the mark for me. I think if she had a little more of Poppy (her friend that has attitude and can take care of herself physically) maybe it would have been different.
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