Publisher: Mira (Harelquin)
Date of publication: July 1, 2016
A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light. But the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother’s sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can’t stand.
Protecting his town is Mac Whiting’s top priority. Everything else—including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace—is secondary. But as Kate’s search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac’s protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.
How Secrets Die is the apparently the third book in a series about the small town of Laurel Springs in the middle of Amish country. I thought this did a good job of holding up as a stand alone. There were a few references to previous books, but nothing that left me feeling lost. Kate has come to the town where her broth apparently over-dosed to find out what really happened. She refuses to believe he did it to himself. Mac is the town sheriff who realizes she may be right.
I enjoyed this one but I didn't love it. I think if you go into it for the mystery alone, you will be happier. It was a good solid mystery that kept me guessing. I had it narrowed down to two suspects toward the end. So, while the reveal wasn't a huge surprise, the why was for me. As for the romance between Mac and Kate, I wasn't really feeling it. I never felt the connection between the two of them to believe she would want to stay after everything was solved. It happened just way too fast for me.
If you are looking for a clean and quick mystery, I do recommend giving this one a shot.
About Marta Perry
Marta Perry realized she wanted to be a writer at age eight, when she read her first Nancy Drew novel. A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta to the books she writes now about the Amish. When she’s not writing, Marta is active in the life of her church and enjoys traveling and spending time with her three children and six beautiful grandchildren. Visit her online at www.martaperry.com
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Marta Perry’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Wednesday, June 8th: Reading Reality – review & excerpt
Thursday, June 9th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Thursday, June 9th: Booked on a Feeling
Friday, June 10th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, June 13th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Tuesday, June 14th: A. Holland Reads
Tuesday, June 14th: History from a Woman’s Perspective
Wednesday, June 15th: Open Book Society
Thursday, June 16th: Diary of a Stay At Home Mom
Friday, June 17th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Monday, June 20th: Romancing the Book – review & excerpt
Tuesday, June 21st: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, June 22nd: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, June 23rd: A Bookaholic Swede – excerpt
Friday, June 24th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Tuesday, June 28th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, June 28th: Luxury Reading
Wednesday, June 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, June 30th: Books a la Mode – excerpt