I recently read Tell Me No Lies – the first book in the Ava Logan mystery series by Lynn Chandler Willis. As followers of this blog already know, I read a lot of mysteries and enjoy trying books by new authors (or who are at least new to me). This was a great choice.
Description (from Amazon)
Ava Logan, single mother and small business owner, lives deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where poverty and pride reign. As publisher of the town newspaper, she’s busy balancing election season stories and a rash of ginseng thieves. And then the story gets personal. After her friend is murdered, Ava digs for the truth all the while juggling her two teenage children, her friend’s orphaned toddler, and her own muddied past. Faced with threats against those closest to her, Ava must find the killer before she, or someone she loves, ends up dead.
An extremely enjoyable and well-written read. The first-person, conversational tone made me feel as if Ava was a friend of mine – telling me her story. She is easy to identify with – a caring mother with a complicated past of her own that shapes her decision making. You can feel her attachment to Ivy growing, and know she would do whatever she can help ensure the child’s safety and future well-being. At the same time, her feelings of guilt over something in her past keep her from truly giving her heart to either of her love interests in the story. This mystery was well crafted; its intricate plot held lots of surprises and kept me guessing right to the end. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for future books in this series.
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy from NetGalley. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.