Dec. 9, 2017

Guilt by Association, #3 Murder in the Mountains by Heather Day Gilbert

***** 5 stars

"... Chasing After the Wind..."


Sweet and strong, can it be? Heather Day Gilbert has created her leading lady, Tess, to be a sweet young mother, devoted to her husband. On the flipside, Tess is a very shrewd, gun-toting, an amateur detective who has two solved murders under her belt by this tome(yes, book).

We finally meet Tess's no-account, druggie mother in this book. Newly released from prison, Pearletta Vee Lilly swears she has turned over a new leaf. Yet when a
young teen in Boone County turns up dead in Pearletta Vee's yard, Pearletta is gone before you can say "boo."

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, sad as it is. Drug abuse affects so many families in real life, and Gilbert writes this novel to bring attention to the epidemic as well as raise support for a drug rehab center.

While I thought this would be the last Murder in the Mountains story, there are enough unanswered questions that would beg the fourth book.

Inquiring minds want to know more about Andrew, Charlotte, Rosemary, and Zeke Tucker. Oh, yes, and Axel. Definitely Axel!

"...chasing after the wind in Boone County..." was my favorite phrase from the book, which like titles or phrases from Heather's other novels, has a double entendre. Not only does Tess feel like she is chasing after elusive answers, but the drug abusers themselves are certainly chasing after a happiness they never quite find, taking more and more drugs in an effort to find or keep that ultimate high. Great work, Ms.Gilbert!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to leave a review, positive or negative.