Review of Where The Guilty Hide

Where The Guilty Hide

A Detective Honeywell Mystery, Book #1

Annette Dashofy

5 Stars


From USA Today bestselling author, Annette Dashofy, comes the start of a brand new crime series set on the shores of Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. For fans of Ann Cleeves, Louise Penny and Elly Griffiths.

‘Fast paced and tension-filled… Dashofy weaves the perfect mystery and has created an unforgettable cast you can’t help rooting for’ USA Today bestseller Carissa Ann Lynch

On the shore of Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, a body lays half hidden, the waves slowly moving it with the rising tide…

In the early morning mist, freelance photographer Emma Anderson takes pictures of the rocky coastline. She moved to Erie to escape a past that haunts her but the last thing she expects to capture is a dead body.

Erie City Police Detective Matthias Honeywell has been investigating a spate of home invasions but when one of the robbery victims turns up dead, his case evolves into homicide. Emma’s first encounter with Detective Honeywell leaves her shaken when he reminds her of her ex-fiancé-turned-stalker. Matthias misinterprets Emma’s anxiety and suspects she knows more than she’s letting on.

With the threat of another murder and no obvious leads, will Emma and Matthias overcome their mutual distrust and work together to capture a killer?

See what early readers have to say about Where the Guilty Hide:

‘A superb police procedural. Fantastic, fast-paced and tension-filled’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Couldn’t stop reading… gritty’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An outstanding grab-you-by-the-throat series… addictive’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Lots of twists and turns’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An innovative mystery… a captivating story’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Gripping, fast-paced, well-written and realistic, I highly recommend’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A mystery that every mystery lover will enjoy’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Well executed and visually descriptive… the story moves flawlessly from chapter to chapter’ Dru’s Book Musings  (Amazon)


  Emma has started over in an attempt to get away from her ex-fiance turned stalker. She is working as a free-lance photographer and she inadvertently takes a photo of a dead body. She shows the picture to the police and then finds that she needs to explain why she has it.  One of the lead detectives reminds Emma of her stalker and she has a hard time trusting him.  But she will have to trust someone especially as things get more complicated.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Emma has not had an easy life.  She is missing her sister, who has a drug problem and has disappeared.   She blames herself.  She also is trying to hide from her ex, who is stalking her.  Detective Matthias Honeywell has demons of his own.  He has been in law enforcement for a long time and has seen a lot.  And he is missing his old partner quite a bit.  Both of these characters are flawed but they are trying to get their life back in order.  I really enjoyed getting to know them and I cannot wait to learn more about them in future books.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it kept me engaged from the first page.  Whether reading about the break ins or learning about Emma’s sister I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to consider and suspects to watch and I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end.   

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  I am glad to see this is the first book in this series because I want to find out what is in store for them next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, One More Chapter, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.  

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