Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review: A Killing at the Creek by Nancy Allen

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Witness Impulse (Feb. 17 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 Prosecutor Elsie Arnold loves her small-town home in the Ozark hills, but she’s been waiting for a murder to come along and make her career. So when a body is found under a bridge, throat cut, Elsie jumps at the chance to work on the case, even if it’s alongside the brash new chief assistant, Chuck Harris—and her latest flame, Detective Bob Ashlock.

But when the investigation reveals that the deceased woman was driving a school bus, and the police locate the vehicle, its interior covered in blood, the occupant and only suspect is a fifteen-year-old boy. Elsie’s in for more than she bargained for.

Win or lose, this case will haunt her. No one has successfully prosecuted a juvenile for first-degree murder in McCown County. If she loses, it’s her career on the line and a chilling homicide unresolved; if she wins, a boy’s liberty will be taken from him before he reaches his sixteenth birthday.

About the Author

 Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She has tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University. Her first novel, The Code of the Hills, was published by HarperCollins in 2014. A Killing at the Creek, the second book in the Ozarks mystery series, will be released on February 17, 2015.

My Review

 A Killing at the Creek by Nancy Allen is only $2.99 on Amazon for the Kindle version..Amazing deal for an excellent quality read!

This is Nancy Allen's second book featuring Ozark Prosecutor Elsie Arnold. Elsie is young, ambitious and sometimes a little wild! But she is also an amazingly talented prosecutor. Nancy is utilizing her experience as an assistant prosecutor to realistically bring this mystery and legal drama to life. A Killing at the Creek is one of the best books that I have read in a while.

Elsie is facing a tough trial as the assistant prosecutor on a case involving a 15 year old boy who is accused of murdering a woman who gave him a ride on a school bus she was transporting. This young man is not a likeable character! In fact, he is terrifying in many aspects. She also continues to put up with her demanding and self-absorbed politically motivated boss Madeleine (I can relate) and Chuck, the new chief assistant prosecutor. In her person life, Detective Bob Ashlock is still in the picture as well as her parents. 

I enjoyed the mystery and I enjoyed the courtroom drama. I loved the twists that brought the case to a conclusion. I just shut the world out whenever I was good.

This can be a stand alone novel but honestly, A Code of the Hills was so good you should read that one as well.  I highly recommend A Killing at the Creek. 

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