Ok, so I won the fourth book in this series in a giveaway, and now I'm reading the three before it in order to get prepared. I have mixed feelings about it. They're set in a wonderful place, but the characters leave much to be desired.
Cardwell is back in town because of a buddy and a mysterious phone
call. So when Liza finds him standing over the dead body of his buddy,
things do not get off to a good start. But Joran's charming, and there
doesn't seem to be a feasible way that his friend was murdered by him
which means there's a killer at large. And this is a killer who doesn't
want Liza solving the crime.
In the first book Jordan took his
sister by the shoulders and shook her. And I seem to be the only one
who remembers this. At least out of a pool of myself and the book
characters. So how does he end up the likable protagonist in this
book? It kind of angers me as that was physical abuse and it never
comes up again and everything is sunshine and rainbows. Liza at least
is a good character and knows what she wants. I liked how she made
decisions and followed through with them. It showed she has guts and is
a realistic thinker. We have some of the characters from the first
book as well, but they are toned down quite a bit. Which is probably
because six years pass in between the last book and this one.
I love that these books take place in an area of Montana I'm familiar
with. I've even been to Ousel Falls and having that personal connection
makes it sort of special. Although I do have to wonder why she kept
saying "down" to Bozeman and "up" to West Yellowstone. Bozeman is North
and West Yellowstone is South. The pace in this book was rather fast
and jumbled and I thought the ending was a bit unbelievable. Again,
what is going on with the water in that town? They have more than their
fair share of crazy people. There's a little side plot in this book
involving Dana's sister that I thought was actually more interesting
than the main plot. It was all very mysterious but then it was resolved
pretty quickly too.
I've got the third book in my hands so I'll
read it. But I'd only give this one about 2.5 stars. Hopefully they
improve by the time I get to the fourth one (or the next)!
Justice at Cardwell Ranch