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5 stars for Dark Deed on a Dark Moor by @JoHiestand #britishmystery #mystery #bookreview #newrelease

Title: Dark Deed on a Dark Moor: A McLaren Mystery

Author: Jo A. Hiestand

Genre: British Mystery, Mystery

Book Blurb:

Under usual circumstances, being a beneficiary in a person's will is heart-warming and perceived as an honor. However, this circumstance is not usual, for the bequest is a two-ton granite millstone. And the beneficiary of this gift wants former police detective Michael McLaren to find out who the gift-giver is and why she received it.

McLaren reluctantly agrees to delve into the questionable gift and soon becomes enmeshed in the larger mystery of a bride left at the altar and two murders--one old and one contemporary. Both of which sends him on a chase for a killer in a rain-soaked night and threaten his very life.

My Review:

The latest in the McLaren mystery series doesn't disappoint. This time, the author manages to create an out-of-the-box mystery that is unlike any of the past McLaren titles. Extremely well written and paced, this book is a pleasure to read.

The enjoyable cast of characters returns with Jamie and his wife plus Mac's love interest Melanie. Set in another small English village, this book is rife with suspects. The mystery will keep you guessing right to the end.

Creatively original and well defined, this is a fine addition to the McLaren series. A must-read for fans of this mystery series. Recommended to all who enjoy British mystery.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Jo A. Hiestand grew up on regular doses of music, books, and Girl Scout camping. She gravitated toward writing in her post-high school years and finally did something sensible about it, graduating from Webster University with a BA degree in English and departmental honors. She writes two British mystery series—of which two books have garnered the prestigious N.N. Light’s Book Heaven ‘Best Mystery Novel’ two years straight. She also writes two Missouri-based mystery series that are grounded in places associated with her camping haunts. The camping is a thing of the past, for the most part, but the music stayed with her in the form of playing guitar and harpsichord, and singing in a folk group. Jo carves jack o’ lanterns badly; sings loudly; and loves barbecue sauce and ice cream (separately, not together), kilts (especially if men wear them), clouds and stormy skies, and the music of G.F. Handel. You can usually find her pulling mystery plots out of scenery—whether from photographs or the real thing.

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Reviewed by: Mr. N

1 Comment

Barbara Bettis
Apr 25, 2022

Wow, Jo, what a dandy review! Wishing you all the best with your new book.

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