Circle of Influence
The weather outside is perfect for reading this winter mystery. Zoe, an EMT and the assistant county coroner, found herself caught in the midst of a small, rural, community’s crime spree. Was she the victim, the suspect, or the unprofessional detective intent on solving the crime? Worse, it looked like her best friend, her best friend's children, or her cohorts who worked for the local township all could be guilty as well.
The author does a masterful job of keeping the reader (and the story’s characters) involved in the story. Living in upstate New York, an area with a government and political mix very similar to that described in the Southern Pennsylvania setting for the story, made for an interesting read. The changeable weather within which Zoe, Pete, Matt, Logan, Allison, as well as a host of others, had to solve the crimes was a perfect reflection of the weather we find in much of the western parts of the mid-atlantic states. Having also spent several years living in small town America, I easily felt at home.
The book kept my attention from beginning to end. An abuser certainly takes power from the abused - and it takes work, hard work, to get it back again. It is a tough lesson for some to learn. I will look forward to more stories by Annette Dashofy from Monongahela County, PA.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.