Detective Leah Teal is privy to most of the secrets in her hometown of Alvin, but there are always surprises to be had.Read more...
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Detective Leah Teal is privy to most of the secrets in her hometown of Alvin, but there are always surprises to be had. Like the day she agrees to take her daughter, Caroline, to see a psychic for a reading. The psychic hones in on Leah instead, hinting at a string of gruesome killings and insisting that she intervene to prevent more deaths.
When you go looking for trouble, you never know how much you ll find. Sure enough, the psychic s scant clues lead Leah to a cold case from six years ago, when a young woman was found shot to death, her eyelids sewn shut. As Leah digs deeper into old files, a second unsolved case surfaces with the same grisly pattern. While her shrewd young son, Abe, observes from the sidelines, Leah races to prevent another horrific murder, unaware of just how deep the roots of evil can go." "
Taut, suspenseful, and rich in Southern atmosphere, ""A" "Thorn Among the Lilies" "is a mesmerizing novel of loss and vengeance, and the lengths some will go to out of loyalty and love." ""
- ISBN-13: 9781617737374
- ISBN-10: 1617737372
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: June 2015
- Page Count: 304
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Alvin #3
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Leah Teal, the detective for the Alvin, Ala., police department, takes her teenage daughter, Carry, to a psychic, Madame Crystalle, in Hiebert’s engaging third Southern-fried mystery (after 2014’s Close to the Broken Hearted). Soon after Madame Crystalle delivers a coded message to Leah, a woman’s corpse turns up fitting the psychic’s description. The victim’s eyelids are sewn shut, and there’s writing on her body and a cross “hewn from hickory” in her pocket. When another victim is discovered in a nearby town killed in the same manner, Leah aims to catch the serial killer with the help of Det. Dan Truitt. Meanwhile, in a lengthy digression that distracts from the main action, Leah’s preteen son, Abe, attempts to ferret out the serial killer with his best friend, Dewey. The budding romance between the charming Leah and Dan lends human interest amid her encounters with possible suspects, including Alvin’s mayor. Readers will keep guessing whodunit to the end. Agent: Adrienne Rosado, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (July)