Beyond the Carousel

Beyond the CarouselBeyond the Carousel (Wyattsville, #5) by Bette Lee Crosby
Published by Bent Pine Publishing on January 10th 2017
Pages: 243
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three-half-stars

A 25 year old Murder and an investigator determined to solve the case.

Laura Wilkes had a very happy life. She had loving parents, a wonderful husband and a young daughter. A daughter she took to ride a carousel one day and as she took pictures she captured images of a happy time – a time that would come to an abrupt end. Her husband, Franklin Wilkes is killed following the stock market crash. The police, as well as the reader, know who the killer is, but the killer has disappeared. This is the great depression and men are living in various locations: freight trains, alleys, etc. As time goes on, Laura never gives up hope that her husband’s killer will be brought to justice.

Fast forward 25 years and Laura and Franklin’s daughter has fallen in love with a police officer named Jack Mahoney. He is hopeful that he can find Franklin’s killer.

This book is #5 in the Wyattsville series but can easily be read as a stand alone book. Like other books by Crosby, the characters feel extremely real and one feels for their plight. The research that went into this book is very evident. Her books have warmth and the characters have strong family ties. Her books tend to be fast reads for me. The pacing of her novels is neither too slow nor too fast. I never feel like her stories are rushed. On the other hand, I also never feel like her stories drag on either. I have read books that I really enjoyed but will comment that 50 or so pages needed to be edited out. I never feel this way with Bette Lee Crosby’s books.

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

three-half-stars

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