Tess Spencer hadn't planned on returning to her hometown, but when her ex-prisoner mom puts in a special request, Tess overcomes her hesitance to help her turn over a new leaf.
Pearletta Vee's drug-dealing past is resurrected when the body of an overdosed teen shows up—right next to her trailer. Tess decides to stick around and investigate, yet the evidence is stacked against Pearletta. Tess suspects a setup—but why?
Never one to back down from a challenge, Tess takes on a wayward teen, an abusive grandma, and more than one drug dealer in her quest for the truth. But it's going to take a miracle to keep her from becoming a casualty in her own personal war on drugs.
Plunging into the shadowy reality of the drug epidemic in West Virginia, Guilt by Association is the third book in the award-winning Murder in the Mountains mystery series.
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I really enjoyed Heather Day Gilbert’s most recent installment in her “A Murder in the Mountains” series. “Guilt by Association” is very suspenseful, and timely as well, with the nation’s opioid crisis at a peak. It is so refreshing to read mysteries that are intelligent. I won’t give away any spoilers. Suffice it to say that “Guilt by Association” is the both realistic and unpredictable story of several opioid-related murders. It is also refreshing that in writing about a location in the South, Gilbert doesn't deal in stereotypes. As far as the homicides, themselves, hough it is authentic, it isn’t graphic in a way that would give someone nightmares. In addition, it is a nice change of pace from some recent books, in that it is about someone other than wealthy socialite types (yawn). I love books like this, about everyday people, with their respective joys, struggles and individual personalities. I really hope that Hallmark or someone else will pick up these books, and make movies out of this series. They are all three entertaining and informative, and even blend faith into the mix. But in no way are they preachy.