iUniverse, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Pat Elliott
mall town living. Everyone knows everything about everybody else. Right? Wrong. Sheriff Charlie Whitman thought he knew everything about everyone in Hillcrest - until his friend Michael Stanford was murdered. It is painful for Charlie to dig into his old friend's past. His partner Sophie Jordan never knew Michael and keeps Charlie from being too sentimental and trusting as they probe the case together.
ichael and Charlie were high school buddies since Charlie was the star quarterback. He knew the four Stanford brothers were hell raisers, leaving a string of women in their wake. He knew the women they married and what led to their marriages. The Stanford men were also good businessmen. But Charlie didn't realize how wealthy Michael was until his death. Was his money part of his reason for his death?
nd what about Michael's live-in girl friend? Why did Michael throw her and her children out of his house when he found out she was pregnant?
s Michael's family and friends gather in Hillcrest to mourn or celebrate his death, Charlie and Sophie must peel back layers of lies to find the truth. Charlie finds himself attracted again to an old love, married to and mistreated by one of the Stanford brothers. Secrets never meant to be shared are brought to light as Charlie and Sophie solves the mystery of Michael's murder. Charlie's life is changed as are many other lives in the small town of Hillcrest.
einkel lived in a small town all her life and chose to craft this novel about things she knew about small towns; rumors, gossip, love affairs, hurts and disappointments. She is on track with intrigue, conspiracy, double-dealing and maneuvering in small town Hillcrest.
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