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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Review Her Mother's Killer by Melissa Schroeder
Title: Her Mother’s Killer
Author: Melissa Schroeder
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Althea Johnson wants to leave the past behind, but the memories of her mother’s murder lurk in her dreams. She tries to ignore them until someone drives her off the road, then begins sending her sick letters. Althea returns to the small Texas town where the murder happened, planning to solve the case herself. Her main problem is avoiding the sheriff, her old crush, Duncan Perry.
Duncan can’t believe his best friend’s little sister has grown into such a wonderful bundle of curves. At first he's stunned by his reaction to her, but never one to be slow, he starts putting the moves on her. It isn’t until he's completely seduced by her that he realizes she's putting herself in danger to solve the old crime.
As they fall in love with each other, the stalking and danger escalates. Women matching Althea’s description are being found raped and murdered. The new lovers must now work overtime to figure out just what went wrong twenty years earlier, but the mysteries they will reveal could jeopardize everything they're fighting for.
As we immediately discover in Her Mother’s Killer, when all else in your life goes awry, you can always return home. After a bitter and contentious divorce and believing herself to be the victim of a stalker, Thea Warren escapes to the safety of her childhood hometown of Crocker, Texas looking for a haven from her troubles. Unfortunately, as the place where her mother was killed and her father disappeared it may prove to be a catalyst to the stalker especially as Thea is attempting to re-open the investigation into her mother’s murder. The police have always considered her father responsible, but Thea and her brother Jed always decried that theory, and now she feels she has the proof she needs to get someone’s attention. Too bad it happens to be the wrong person…. Added to this interesting little complication is the attraction Thea feels for her childhood friend Duncan Perry – Duncan, who just happens to be the town sheriff and her brother Jed’s good friend. Throw in Thea’s obnoxious ex-husband, a possible serial killer roaming around Crocker, and an odd assortment of just plain entertaining townsfolk and you have a captivating book that is simply too good to put down.
Her Mother’s Killer is a surprisingly suspenseful and griping murder mystery that leaves the reader guessing until the very end. From the first page we are caught up in Thea’s story, wondering who is tormenting her, hoping she has found a refuge in Crocker and Duncan, not to mention the answers to her questions about her parents’ deaths. Ms. Schroeder does a fantastic job of combining elements of intrigue and romance to such a degree that by the end of the book the reader has a vested interest in knowing both the identity of the killer and the status of Thea’s love life. The writing is descriptive, the emotions vivid: as you are reading the story it is easy to find yourself feeling and experiencing the situations with each character. While Ms. Schroeder thankfully adds more than enough love scenes to satisfy even the most ardent erotica fan, her touch is delicate and her characters have enough depth to make the book about more than just bodies coming together on paper. It is a joy reading a book by an author who can actually write, and write well. This is book that any fan of romantic suspense needs to read very soon, you will not regret it.