Tuesday, October 19, 2021

New Review! Stranger's Kingdom by Brandon Barrows 4 Cranky Stars


Strangers' KingdomStrangers' Kingdom by Brandon Barrows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Luke Campbell leaves the big city police department after his involvement in a questionable shooting. His last chance at working in law enforcement is taking a job as the only Detective in small town Granton, Vermont. But, Luke soon realizes that life in a small town is anything but quiet and idyllic!

On his first day in town, he meets a beautiful young woman from Quebec who has a young son and sad eyes. Then, he gets into a fistfight with a man recently released from prison (and whom everyone in town seems to hate). As if that isn't enough, he is assigned to investigate a body found in the woods.

Luke begins to suspect that his boss, the chief of police, knows more than he is admitting and Luke has to decide how to proceed in his investigation. Is there anyone in town he can trust or all they all involved in an intricate web of deception and intrigue?

I enjoyed this book and it reminded me a lot of the old film noir detective stories. Set in a slower time without cell phones and Internet, the writer creates a dark and mysterious atmosphere. The characters are well-developed, the story moves at a good pace and there is enough mystery to delight any fan of this genre. Plus, there is a budding romance that adds a lot to the story.

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