Wednesday, April 26

Killing Cousins by Rett MacPherson

Review by Dawn Dowdle 

Torie O'Shea has just given birth to their third child, a son.  And her mother has just married the town sheriff Colin Brooke.  Torie and Colin don't get along great.  So, she's surprised when he asks her to sort through the antiques and junk in the estate of Catherine Finch, a long-time New Kassell resident.  Turns out he's a budding antiques dealer and since he and her mother are going on a cruise for their honeymoon, he can't do the sorting himself.  Apparently there is a rush to get it completed.   

As town historian, Torie had just been requested to write a biography of Catherine Finch.  She was a popular jazz singer in the 1930s.  Torie sees this as a way to learn more for her biography and agrees to help out the sheriff. 

She soon discovers that Catherine never recovered from the abduction of their baby son in 1938.  He was never found. 

A stranger is found in an abandoned building in town.  When it is discovered that he is a relative of Catherine Finch, Torie begins to wonder if his being in town and his death have anything to do with the sorting of Catherine's estate?  As Torie digs further and further into Catherine's past, more things begin to happen.  Are they related?  Can Torie uncover the truth without putting anyone in harm's way? 

This was the first Torie O'Shea book that I have read.  You can bet it won't be the last.  I loved Torie and the other residents of New Kassell.  The writing is superb.  Torie is such a fun character.  I had trouble putting this book down.  I kept wanting to know what happened next.  I highly recommend this book!

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