Sunday, March 4, 2012

Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins

published by:  B&H Publishing Group
publish date:  March 1, 2012

Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named—bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison.In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago—a sixth murder.Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is—someone they love. None is aware of the others’ suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.

This was my first Brandilyn Collins book.  I have a bunch in my Kindle because they're always coming up as freebie, but this is the first one I've read start to finish.  I though it was a great Southern murder mystery.

The story revolves around three women.  Tully is a pregnant housewife with an abusive, cheating husband.  Cherry Mae is a cleaning lady with access to the homes of the most elite in Amaryllis.  Deena is the owner of the most successful hair salon in town and she's also dating the reporter that wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning article about the murders in Amaryllis.  All three women have unique access to information about the killer and motive.  The women team up to share information and see if they can do what the police haven't been able to do.

I  enjoyed each woman's story and how they call came together.  The way they worked together was interesting.  It made me think it was kinda like if Steel Magnolias turned into a serious murder mystery, this book might be what came out of it. 

This one is a recommend for me.  I was impressed with the writing.  I'll definitely be going through my Kindle looking for the other books I've gotten in the past.

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