Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hook, Line and Murder by Donald Bain, Renée Paley-Bain

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Hook, Line and Murder
by Donald Bain,
Renée Paley-Bain

ISBN-13: 9780451477835
Hardback: 288 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Back Cover:
Jessica enters a fly fishing competition at a nearby lake. Joining her is the sheriff’s wife, Maureen Metzger, who surprises Jess with her enthusiasm for the sport. Their guide, however, is a surprise to both...

Brian Kinney is an ex-con. Jailed as an accomplice to Darryl Jepson, a convicted killer, Brian was later exonerated, but not before spending seven years behind bars. He seems like a decent enough fellow. Just a man trying to rebuild his life as a family man and fishing guide.

Yet when Jepson breaks out of prison vowing revenge, and the lawyer for both men is found murdered, Cabot Cove becomes the focus of the nation as local, state, and federal authorities descend on Jessica’s home town. And to add to the tension, Maureen has gone missing. Is she lost or is she a hostage? Jess soon finds herself caught in a net full of lies, deceit and ulterior motives. In order to save her friend, she’ll need to find some answers by hook or by crook.

My Review:
Hook, Line and Murder is a cozy mystery. This is the forty-sixth book in the series. You don't have to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this one doesn't spoil the whodunit of previous novels.

This was more of a suspense novel than focused on following up clues to solve a mystery. Will they find Maureen alive? But Jessica did look into an older murder as it was connected to the current events. You can guess whodunit from the clues. I'm glad that Jessica was back "in character"--as in, she's nice like in the TV show and not as pushy and self-righteous as she's been in some recent books. I liked how she gave Darryl a chance when others weren't.

There was no sex. There was a minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fun mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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