Monday, August 20, 2018

Small Town Justice

Small Town Justice 

(Love Inspired Suspense) 

Mass Market Paperback, ebook

January 5, 2016

by Valerie Hansen

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired; Original edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373447145

Back home in Serenity, Jamie Lynn Henderson's determined to prove her brother was framed for the town sheriff's hit-and-run death years ago. But as she encounters dead end after dead end, Jamie Lynn discovers someone will go to any lengths—even murder—to bury the evidence. Her only hope of staying alive long enough to uncover the truth is Shane Colton, the late lawman's wary son. Shane's world was shattered by one senseless act that he can't forgive. But somehow he is drawn to protect the lovely woman trying to free her brother from prison. If they don't work fast, Jamie Lynn's single-minded quest might lead them both into the killer's trap.

My thoughts:  SMALL TOWN JUSTICE is a romantic suspense that is set in the imaginary town of Serenity, Arkansas...but the town is set in the location (and layout) of real life town Salem, Arkansas, only about ten miles from where I live. How fun is that?  Ms. Hansen lives nearby this area, too.  

It was fun visiting areas I've been in person on the pages of this book and imagining the story really happening.  

Jamie Lynn doesn't believe for one minute her brother really was the driver in a hit-and-run homocide and she hates that he's spending 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Likewise, Shane's mother believes her husband was murdered and not by accident.  The two women together are determined to find answers.  Who really killed Sam Colton and was it an accident?  But the killer doesn't want his past sins found out and he's prepared to kill again.  And again. And again. 

We knew from pretty much the beginning who-dun-it but we don't know how they'll get caught or what will happen in the journey to get there.   

Jamie Lynn is tenacious and not easily scared away even though Shane tries his hardest to convince her into letting it go and don't dig up old wounds. He wants his mama and his son to be safe -- and worse, they won't be if Jamie Lynn keeps poking around.

Good read. 

A friend (not the author) gave me her copy of the book. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a review. 


Paula Shreckhise said...

I love it when I can recognize real life places. I can do it with Irene Hannon. I lived in St. Louis for 20 years. Many places she wrote about, I had actually been to. Includung a tea room that was right across from my Church. Fun stuff.

Marilyn R. said...

Nice review for Small Town Justice. Cool that you had been to some of the pages and area for this story. I enjoy that in books, too. Blessings

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