On Christmas morning, Solitude, Oregon, unwraps murder…
This wasn’t how Police Chief Zane Duncan expected to spend his first Christmas with fellow officer and girlfriend Stevie Taylor. But when a local motel calls in the discovery of a dead body, the couple’s holiday takes a grim turn. This is the second murder in Solitude within the week, despite the fact that their primary suspect is already in custody. Together, Zane and Stevie must face a disturbing truth—their small town may be harboring two killers.
As their investigation digs deep into the backgrounds of newcomers and longtime residents alike, Zane and Stevie also struggle to adjust to life under the same roof. Even if the stress of homicides and cohabitation don’t bring an end to the couple, the murderer lying in wait just might. (Goodreads)
Police Chief Zane Duncan has his hands full when a dead body is found in a local motel room. Even though it is Christmas, it appears as though someone did not care to take the holiday off from their killing ways. With the help of his girlfriend, Stevie Taylor, who is also on the police force, Zane must solve the case before someone else is killed.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Zane is a stand-up guy, who wants to keep the citizens of Solitude safe. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and will do whatever it takes to be sure that justice is served. Stevie is a tough-as nails kind of girl with the voice of an angel. I really like that contrast and I think it makes her seem even more realistic. Other characters from Solitude make an appearance in the book and it was great to visit with them again.
The mystery is carried on throughout the entire novella and there are enough suspects and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I did eventually figure out the killer but not before I suspected a few other people first. The author sure knows how to create suspense and tension that makes the reader anxious to turn the pages to find out what is going to happen next.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating characters that are likable and interesting, ones that you cannot help but care about. I really enjoy reading about all of Stevie’s family and wish that I could spend time with them in real life.
I would highly recommend this novella (and the whole Rogue River and Rogue Winter series) to anyone who enjoys a well plotted, well crafted suspense read. I would suggest reading them in order so that you get to know all the characters better, but this novella could be read as a stand alone. You definitely do not want to miss out on this series.
I received a free copy of this novella from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this novella.