Main Street Mysteries #2
A small lake town tucked into the mountains of North Carolina, picturesque Sutherton charms tourists and locals alike—though Sutherton may have more sinister secrets hiding behind its gentle Southern comfort…
Back home to care for her help her mother with her main street restaurant, Annalise Griggs is mortified to run into her former lover—and his family. Driven to distraction worrying that small town mouths are wagging…tragedy strikes. And when similar “accident” occurs, Annalise knows she must get to the bottom of these small town murders—lest she become the next victim!
“Recommend this series to fans of Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott novels, both for its strong female lead and its rural North Carolina setting.”—Booklist
“The well-drawn North Carolina setting is integral not only to the plot but also perhaps to AnnaLise’s most endearing quality—her abject terror of the area’s narrow mountain roads, full of crazy switchbacks and heart-stopping overhangs.”—Publishers Weekly
Near the start of Balzo's well-crafted second mystery featuring Wisconsin reporter AnnaLise Griggs (after 2011's Running on Empty), AnnaLise is in Sutherton, N.C., where she's been looking after her ailing mother. She's surprised and embarrassed by the arrival of her former lover, Benjamin Rosewood, the DA of Urban County, Wis., and his wife, Tanja, and their teenage daughter, Suzanne. Ashamed of her dangerous liaison, AnnaLise tries to avoid Rosewood, but is drawn to him after Tanja dies in a terrible car accident on Sutherton Mountain. When one tragedy follows another, AnnaLise finds herself in the middle of a tightening web of deadly intrigue and at the top of police chief Chuck Greystone's suspect list. The well-drawn North Carolina setting is integral not only to the plot but also perhaps to AnnaLise's most endearing quality her abject terror of the area's narrow mountain roads, full of crazy switchbacks and heart-stopping overhangs.