Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Poisoned Ground: A Rachel Goddard Mystery (Rachel Goddard Mystery #6) by Sandra Parshall

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1591 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1464202249
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (March 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

When a powerful development company sets its sights on Mason Country, Virginia, as the location for a sprawling resort for the rich, the locals begin taking sides. Many residents see the resort as economic salvation for the small Blue Ridge Mountains community, while others fear the county will become financially dependent on a predatory company.

Few oppose the development more vocally than veterinarian Rachel Goddard. She sides with locals reluctant to sell their land and, in the process, complicates the life of her new husband, Sheriff Tom Bridger.

When a beloved couple is gunned down on the very farm they refused to sell, it seems supporters will stop at nothing to ensure the success of the resort. Now disagreement in the community has exploded into civil war with both sides lashing out. As the violence escalates, Rachel discovers the attacks are more sinister than they appear.

Can she bring the truth to light before her community tears itself apart?

About the Author

Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard Mysteries: The Heat of the Moon, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2006; Disturbing the Dead; Broken Places; Under the Dog Star; and Bleeding Through (Sept 2012). A former reporter on newspapers in her home state of South Carolina as well as West Virginia and Baltimore, MD, she now lives in the Washington, DC, area with her journalist husband and two cats.

My Review

This is the second book that I've read in the Rachel Goddard Mystery series by Sandra Parshall. I am very impressed with Ms. Parshall's writing style. I am also impressed with the story. It was a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end.

A development company has divided the residents of Rachel's small Blue Ridge Mountain community. Some people want to sell out and some don't. Old friendships are strained. Families are divided. It is amidst this turmoil that people start being murdered and vandalism is rampant. Are the murders related to the possible development...or is it something completely different.

Loved this book and highly recommend it. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

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