A Reunion to Die For is Lauren Carr's second Joshua Thornton mystery. It's a book with a number of weaknesses, but, despite the problems, it's definitely a pageturner.
Joshua Thornton has been widowed for a year. He brought his five children home to Chester, West Virginia, his hometown, and successfully ran for prosecuting attorney. He didn't realize he would be caught up in a murder spree, and, even become a suspect.
It all started twenty-one years earlier when Tricia Wheeler, a popular cheerleader died. At the time, it was ruled suicide, but when one of Joshua's high school classmates shows up, now a successful journalist and crime writer, claiming it was murder, Joshua takes a second look at the death. And, then another cheerleader is murdered at the same high school. And, events start to snowball out of control.
There are a few weaknesses. The book is too wordy in spots, and could have been edited better. Some of the evidence that Joshua claims is proof of crimes seems a little flimsy, and he threatens arrest a few too many times. Even though it's a small town, why are the prosecuting attorney and the medical examiner doing the major crime investigation?
Chester, West Virgina is a little Peyton Place, where everyone seems to have slept around at one time, even the hero. And, every woman who meets him seems to want to go to bed with Joshua, whether or not he loves them. Would that many women actually be attracted to a widower with five kids?
Despite all the weaknesses, the book was a pageturner with the cold case of the dead cheerleader, and everyone in the book a possible suspect. As one murder follows another, Joshua and his cousin, Tad, the medical examiner, have their hands full. A Reunion to Die For is a small town mystery, in Chester, West Virginia, where murder runs amuck.
Lauren Carr's website is http://laurencarr.com
A Reunion to Die For by Lauren Carr. Five Star (Gale Group), ©2007. ISBN 9781594145483 (hardcover), 369p.
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