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Murder in Maplewood!

What a good read! This is a first and a new author. Bo, Roberta, comes home to the Mountain Town of Maplewood in time for the Tourist Season. She is helping her younger sister Mary out at her Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Smokewood. During the day, Bo writes for the Town’s newspaper. The reason she came back, she was homesick, not just for her sisters, mostly for Keegan, who she had been in love with since High School. The book could have used more info, like, how many people actually lived there year round! I remember reading it swelled to twenty thousand during the summer months. I live in North Florida, where 150 thousand people live year round, when the Universities are in, then it swells to another one hundred thousand. Yet, not two hours from here, there are small towns of 2 thousand, some up to 3 thousand, not what you normally perceive of Florida.

This small town in Arizona had more than a sheriff’s office; they had a Search and Rescue. Also, I assume a City Police Department, somehow Keegan is put on leave, by someone, his chief, but, if he is the Sheriff, who had the authority to do that? I am pointing out discrepancies in the story. I can assure you, the small towns around us, have only the local Sheriff’s office, if four people went missing, and a dead woman found, the FDLE would be all over it, as would the Florida State Troopers, if needed, the local FBI!

Those are my questions? The story starts out well, Bo, and Keegan get together quickly, start investigating the crimes together. The suspects are great, that is where more conversation should have taken place. Mary’s fiance’s ex-wife has come up from Phoenix to try and get her husband, Kurt back! Kurt and Mary should be having discussions, just my opinion. The blurb is scarier than the book. I do look forward to the growth of this author.

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