Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Puzzle Pieces" by Betsy Brannon Green + Tour Giveaway

Puzzle PiecesPuzzle Pieces by Betsy Brannon Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Description:  Presley DeGraff is a young woman on the run. With nothing but the clothes on her back, her escape from the ruthless manipulations of her former fiancĂ© leaves her with little time to hide. There is only one person to whom she can turn, only one place she may be safe . . . Haggerty, Georgia, is known for its Southern hospitality and quirky inhabitants. For Presley, her Aunt Violet’s home in the tiny town is a lifesaving haven. Her aunt, along with a cast of delightful friends and neighbors, warmly welcomes her. For the first time in so long, she feels hope—a hope that hinges on hiding her past. But the dreams of solitude that she had envisioned quickly fade when a disturbing discovery is made in her aunt’s backyard: a human skeleton. At the first hint of crime, Haggerty’s own amateur sleuth, Miss Eugenia, is on the case. Along with handsome Haggerty resident Mac and sprightly ninety-nine-year-old Loralee, Presley is quickly drawn into a mystery spanning generations of Haggerty’s history. But when news coverage of the investigation digs up Presley’s own secrets, it’s up to her new friends to come to her aid, by whatever means necessary.

My thoughts: The book has an interesting start. A young woman, Presley, is escaping from a mental institution. There isn't a back story. You just know that her attorney is corrupt and that she has to hide.

She finds her way to Haggerty, Georgia where she is going to help out her Aunt with her law practice. She finds a haven and meets the people of the town. Mac, the repo guy has a special interest for her as she gets to know him and learn why he is also hiding out in the small town.

The book focuses on a murder mystery. A female skeleton is found in Aunt Violet's back yard. The discovery rocks the small town and leads to humorous speculation. Presley feels a kinship to the unknown woman and wants to help lay her and her story to rest. While discovering the woman's past, she lays bare her own. Healing is the focus of the book.

For me, I wanted to focus more on what brought Presley to Haggerty. Why was she institutionalized? Why does she need to hide from her attorney? That was one aspect of the book that kept me turning the pages. Her past came tumbling back to meet her quickly when the time came.

I loved how the main characters in the book interacted. They seemed to genuinely care about each other and were helpful while dealing with their own problems.

The book moved a little slowly at times, but overall I found it to be a fun book to read.

About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  If you're not familiar with my books, I write mystery-suspense novels. I am LDS (Mormon) and so are some of my characters, but I have loyal readers from many different faiths. My goal is to engage the reader in my books. I want to make them laugh and cry and worry and dread the end.

Most of my books are set in the fictional town of Haggerty, Georgia - which is loosely based on my grandparents' hometown of Headland, Alabama (the most wonderful place on earth). Each book has an ample supply of romance, suspense, Southern hospitality and even recipies!"

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