by Randee Green
on Tour September 3 - 14, 2018
As far back as the Shatners can be traced, they have been breaking the law and running from it. It's a family tradition. Now Carrie Shatner is a detective and crime-scene technician with the Wyatt County Sheriff's Department in Eastern Texas. Over the years, she has tried to distance herself from her family's criminal activities. But that is easier said than done.
The Shatner family is celebrating New Year's Eve at the Wyatt County Fairgrounds in their usual style: illegal fireworks, homemade moonshine, and a near brawl. After shutting down the party, Carrie does a final sweep of the fairgrounds and finds a dead body in a dumpster.
Good news: the dead man is not a Shatner. Bad news: the Shatners are now suspects in a homicide investigation. Soon the fairgrounds are overrun with law enforcement, including Sergeant Jerrod Hardy, a Texas Ranger. The victim is Kyle Vance, Carrie's ex-boyfriend and a member of the Palmer family, who have been feuding with the Shatners since the Civil War.
Despite serious misgivings, Hardy allows Carrie to help him investigate. He knows she physically couldn't have beaten Vance to death, but he wonders if she is covering for a family member.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Coffeetown Press
Publication Date: July 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN: 1603817093 (ISBN13: 978-1603817097)
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Author Bio:Randee Green's passion for reading began in grade school with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature, as well as a master's and an MFA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she's usually reading, indulging in her passion for Texas country music, traveling, or hanging out with her favorite feline friend, Mr. Snookums G. Cat.
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In the vein of Hatfields and McCoys, with a dash of Dukes of Hazzard, and maybe even a glimpse in the direction of Blue Bloods, this book was FUN to get lost in.
It has all the quirkiness of great Southern fiction while being on the darker side. It is, after all, a murder mystery.
Caroline Diamond Shatner is loyal to her family, the entire inter-related, law crossing bunch of them that can't see anything in black or white. They feel laws were made as challenges to their creativity.
Her job as local Sheriff Department Detective may not be as much to solve crimes as it is to cover up her family's misdoings. However when a murder is dumped in her lap and all fingers point at her family's involvement, this time Carrie has to find the evidence to convict a true killer.
Toss in a nod to Walker, Texas Ranger when a handsome man with real authority (but no idea what he's gotten himself into) arrives in Wyatt County to oversee the investigation.
The action never stops, maybe because the Shatner's never all sleep at once, and twists arise as clues and evidence are finally revealed.
I am looking forward to reading more of their adventures.