I was very anxious to read “The Lost Sisters” by Lindsey Hutchinson. The story begins with Orpha Buchanan’s mother physically and verbally abusing her, finally throwing her out of the house. Albert, Orpha’s father, obviously has no idea that this treatment is happening to his daughter and she is afraid to tell him. Not only that, but previously and infant daughter was “stolen by Gypsies” as an infant, never to be found. After roaming the countryside, Orpha meets up with Peg and is taken in by her. Lo, and behold, they find that they are sisters. Peg is the long lost infant. Although I admired the ability of the author to conjure up these instances, the longer I read, the more inconceivable it became. Hortense Buchanan was an evil woman and how she got away with all she did, abuse, arson, murder…is beyond me. Although I read the book in its entirety, I questioned every new coincidence that occurred. Albert’s inability to see the truth, his apathy in bringing his wife to justice, his “other’ life that was brought to light… just really irritated me. And through it all Orpha becomes a successful entrepreneur. The ending was unbelievable. I’m sorry, but I would not recommend this book.
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“The Devil’s Country” by Harry Hunsicker is a murder mystery, thriller, crime novel about a former Texas Ranger. Arlo Baines is roaming Texas by bus, or by hitchhiking. All he wants to do is be in peace and read his books. Trouble seems to find him wherever he goes. He is desperately trying to come to terms with the deaths of his wife and two children. In his grief and rage, he coerces his father-in-law to kill the dirty cops who took his family’s lives. His father-in-law was in league with some pretty unsavory characters, and was involved in money-laundering along with the three cops who paid the price for destroying Arlo’s family. Although there was not enough evidence to convict him of those deaths, former Texas Rangers were not so quick to defend his actions.
He stops in a little town in west Texas for a couple of days before moving on. As he leaves a bar after having a drink, he is drawn to a harrowing scene. A young mother thinks that he is her contact. There are people after her and her two children; they want to kill them. Two men try to take her, but Arlo steps in. The next day the sheriff sees him as a possible suspect in a murder, the murder of the young woman. There is no trace of the children. Arlo vows to find her murderer and the whereabouts of the children before he leaves town. The police do not believe his story about the two missing children.
It seems that there is a conspiracy between the townspeople and some other faction. It is as though something sinister has taken over the town and Arlo is determined to find out what is holding the people in fear. What he discovers will put a chill through you as you read.
Mr. Hunsicker is a very good mystery writer and I thought the characters had a depth that was brought out throughout the story. Although I enjoyed reading his writing, I am not a great fan of this kind of thriller…too brutal, and the subject matter is distasteful.
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Jane Jensen has written “Kingdom Come” the first in the Elizabeth Harris series. Detective Harris is a former NYPD homicide detective. After her husband was murdered during a robbery, she resigned her position there and returned to her old stomping ground in Pennsylvania. She works as a homicide detective for the Lancaster police force. This story begins with the discovery of a young “English” girl in the barn of one of the Amish farming families by one of the sons. There is a definite difference of opinion between two of the detectives, Harris and Grady, about the probability that the murder was committed by an Amish person. The investigation moves on and then another body is found. This time it is the body of a young Amish girl. The two victims have been known to have been friends and further investigation does not reveal a suspect. However, Elizabeth Harris has a hunch; and going against the department’s orders, she continues her search for the perpetrator among the Amish. The action doesn’t stop in this novel and keeps the reader wanting more.
I think this is a fine first book in this series. I would like to continue to read this series as the books become available.
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