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5 stars for Gone Before by @TerryIsWriting #mystery #smalltown #bookreview

Title: Gone Before

Author: Terry Korth Fischer

Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb:

A murderer who doesn’t leave a clue. Small-town detective, Rory Naysmith, thought he’d seen it all, but a young woman’s brutal murder is especially hard to stomach. Doubly so, when he recognizes the murder’s MO is identical to that of Tobias Snearl, the killer he put behind bars a decade before. His frustration grows after a series of senseless accidents plague those dearest to him, and a second woman dies. Searching for answers, Rory races against time, plunging deep into the murder investigations, drawing ever closer to becoming a casualty of the dark, angry deeds himself, until he finds no one is who they pretend to be—and none are beyond evil’s reach.

My Review:

Just when Detective Rory Naysmith thinks he’s witnessed every possible crime, nothing prepares him for this. Murder is never easy to stomach but when a young woman is murdered without any clues, Detective Rory is at a loss. The more he investigates, the more Rory is convinced he’s seen this killer’s MO before. Is it a copycat or has Tobias Snearl escaped from prison? As Rory hunts for the truth, a series of accidents to those connected to Rory has him anxious to solve this murder. But has he fallen into the killer’s snare and he’s the next victim?

Gone Before is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery I couldn’t put down. Murders in a small town tend to be gruesome but in this book, it’s a deadly game of cat and mouse. As a mystery fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Before. Rory has an acerbic wit and his eye for minute details makes him a terrific character. I loved seeing things from his point of view. The plot unfolded slowly which allowed me to investigate alongside Rory and the police. There’s a fairly large cast of characters yet I was able to keep them straight thanks to the plot progression and intricate specifics. The descriptive narration plunged me right into the story. The writing style is sophisticated with a few red herrings I didn’t see coming. The suspense had me reading late into the night, just to see what happened next. If you’re a fan of whodunits, then you’ll need to read Gone Before. If you love small-town murder mysteries, you want to dive into Gone Before. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Terry Korth Fischer writes short stories, memoirs, and mysteries. Her debut mystery, Gone Astray, introduces Detective Rory Naysmith, a seasoned city cop relocated to small-town Winterset, Nebraska. The Rory Naysmith Mysteries continue with Gone Before. Transplanted from the Midwest, Terry lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two guard cats. When not writing, she loves reading, frolicking with the kitties, and basking in the sunshine. Yet, her heart often wanders to the country's heartland, where she spent a memorable—ordinary but charmed—childhood. Learn more about Terry at her author website:

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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