Saturday, April 2, 2022

FALSE PRETENSE by Heather Gilbert, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney (A Murder in the Mountains #4)

"She said it was dark all over and looked to be around seven feet tall. It had glowing red eyes, and they were focused right on her. . . she swears she'll never forget the feeling of looking into those soulless red eyes."

The Mothman. What are the odds that a mysterious creature from the 1960's would make a reappearance at the same time that a young librarian from a small town in West Virginia goes missing? Buckneck Detective Zeke Turner's alarm is well founded when the young woman turns up dead. Pulling in his office assistant, and unofficial sleuth-consultant Tess Spencer onto the case, doesn't change the fact that the body count continues to rise, while Tess receives some alarmingly personal clues. Simultaneously, she and her husband Thomas face challenges on another front; the home front. Nothing is making sense.

As much as I would love for this beloved series to continue on into infinity and beyond, this is a most satisfying conclusion, complete with the author's signature twists and turns as she takes her readers on a terrifying wild-moth chase.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart"; from the mouth of babes!
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Beloved amateur sleuth Tess Spencer returns in this fourth and final Murder in the Mountains mystery.

Tess has her work cut out for her—from her day job at the police station to her nights on the campaign trail with her husband, she's stretched thin. Her two young children also keep her busy, but thankfully she has a supportive mother-in-law who lives just next door.

When the legendary Mothman makes a terrifying appearance and a local librarian goes missing, Tess feels compelled to get involved, convinced something evil has been unleashed on her little town. Then another woman disappears—this one bearing an eerie resemblance to Tess—and the police receive a cryptic message hinting that a serial killer is on the prowl.

After a nightmarish turn of events completely upends the Spencer family, Tess musters her courage to hunt for the monstrous murderer in the woods...even if she has to walk straight into the Mothman's lair to do it.

False Pretense brings a stunning and memorable conclusion to the award-winning Murder in the Mountains series.


Woodhaven Press, March, 2022
Available in digital ebook and paperback.

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