Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Where the Truth Lies by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery

Reviewed by Molly Noble Bull

Published by Heartsong Presents
ISBN 978-1-59789-530-9

Page One:

Case Alexander stared across the coffee-stained desk at the Pine Mills detective peering down his nose at her. “That’s not what the police in Virginia Beach told me. They said you contacted them with news she was missing. They didn’t say anything about suicide.”
“We didn’t have any information at that point. That’s why I needed to speak with you, confirm some of her activities. Unfortunately, our investigation has turned up a few, shall we say, details, which make me believe it’s more than just a missing person case.
(Excerpt from Where the Truth Lies by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery.)

Casey Alexander returns to her aunt’s home in Pine Mill, Massachusetts after learning from the police in Virginia Beach that Aunt Liddy was missing. But the police in Pine Mill insist that her aunt isn’t merely missing, she committed suicide. The police give Casey a letter from Aunt Liddy stating that her aunt intended to take her own life. However, a body was never found. Casey knows her beloved aunt would never kill herself. If Aunt Liddy is dead, she was murdered, and Casey sets out to prove it.

In her quest for the truth, Casey befriends a librarian named Monah and Luke Kerrigan, a handsome young man who loves plants and owns a nursery. Casey has good reasons for thinking Luke is trying to frighten her if not kill her. At the same time, Casey is attracted to Luke, and he seems attracted to her.

To calm Casey’s fears, Monah assures her that Luke is as straight as an arrow, and Casey hopes that is the case. However, she has little time for romance. She has a possible murder to solve.

Where the Truth Lies is a cozy mystery you won’t want to stop reading until the very end, and amidst lies and half-truths at every turn, Ludwig and Mowery do a good job of keeping the reader as interested in solving the mystery as Casey is. This would be a good book to take with you when you go on a vacation or spend a day at the beach. You will enjoy all 243 pages of Where the Truth Lies and wish for more.

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Marcia Gruver said...

I'm a huge fan of the Ludwig/Mowery writing team, and I loved this book. I hope to see them partnered up again in the future, but I understand they're both pursuing exciting new individual projects. Can't wait!

Linda Kozar said...

Yeah Lisa and Janelle! I'm a fan too!

Susan said...

Both Janelle Mowery and Lisa Ludwig are writers to watch in the coming days. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with. :-)

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks, y'all. As you might have guessed, I liked the book, too.