COME HELEN HIGH WATER
By Susan McBride
Available for pre-order. Publication date: July 25th (2017)
Publisher: Witness Impulse (July, 2017)
River Road Mysteries (Book 4)
Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
The skies above the hamlet of Riverbend (population 200) were gray and cloudy; the water from the overflowing creeks covered the streets and threatened homes and businesses. For Luann Dupree, however, the world never looked brighter. The fifty-two year old spinster had never found love, had never had a real adventure, but that was about to change. The fellow she’d met online might not be Mr. Right, but he was surely Mr. Maybe. She told her best friend Sarah Biddle, the sheriff’s wife, that she was finally meeting him face-to-face, and disregarded Sarah’s concerns. They were meeting in public, no worries.
The next morning, volunteers at the Historical Society Museum were shocked to find the building locked up tight. They were told that the director, Luann Dupree, had sent the mayor an e-mail resignation, effective immediately. It was very unlike the sober, responsible, woman, but most everybody in town put it down to middle-aged crazies. Sarah Biddle, though, was having none of it and repeatedly told anyone who would listen, including her long-suffering husband, that foul play was involved.
She didn’t give up, though. Her next step was to convince her friend Helen Evans to help find Luann. Helen reluctantly agreed. She, too doubted Sarah’s theory, but she did have a reputation as a puzzle-solver, both literary and human. The sheriff saw her as the town’s own Miss Marple, and didn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.
At the same time, Bernie Winston, an elderly man with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, was found dead in the rising river water. Some saw it as a blessed relief for his wife Clara. She was in danger of collapsing from all the strain and toil of caring for him. Others saw it as not so clear-cut.
Tensions grew as the waters rose, and danger stalked some of the town folk. Lost-lost secrets were uncovered, old sins disclosed, people were found not to be who they said they were. Helen and her stalwart band of cohorts once again figured it all out and tied up all the loose ends with a bow.
This is the fourth book in Ms. McBride’s latest series, the River Road Mysteries. The award-winning author can do no wrong in this and her other series and standalones. The characters in this close-knit town are three-dimensional, coming alive on the page. The intertwined mysteries are skillfully plotted, and small-town life is described in realistic and believable detail.All fans of this author will be, as always, delighted with COME HELEN AND HIGH WATER. Those who are new to her writing will become instant followers of this talented author.
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