The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep (A Kendra Clayton Mystery) by Angela Henry

I received this book free on BookBub. Lately those books have been a miss so let’s see how this one goes.

Plot Summary:

Kendra Wilson tried to leave her hometown, but found herself stuck there and working. She lost her job as a teacher due to cutbacks and instead spends her time split between working as a GED instructor and as a waitress at her uncle’s restaurant.

She loves both places, but wishes she could teach full time. Also her uncle’s restaurant is great but there is an annoying mean, boorish server-Joy and her uncle’s eclectic, high strung, dramatic girlfriend (I love her wigs and outfits, it makes me think of Iona in Pretty in Pink)

Kendra’s problems start with her best friend Bernie, who is dating a cad and jerk-Jordan Wallace. He’s just after her for money and someone to take care of him. They are waiting for him to pick Bernie up from the Literary Center’s Annual Recognition Program. His car was in the shop so he borrowed hers.

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Bernie says she’s done this time-Kendra has heard that before. Everyone knows how Jordan has been cheating on Bernie, especially with Vanessa Brumfield, their old mean girl from high school.

Jordan you are such a jerk.

The two go to the rental house that Bernie owns and has been renting to Vanessa (and she of course providing to Jordan along with herself.) Bernie goes to get her car and Kendra then goes home.

Later she is awoken by a phone call, Bernie telling her that Jordan is dead! Found dead in Vanessa’s house.

The two call the police, but Bernie ends up being the number one suspect. Kendra believes her to be innocent, but then discovers there is a whole lot more to Bernie than she realized!

I thought I knew Bernie, but I was wrong.

In fact, Kendra discovers that about all the company she keeps-Joy the waitress, Bernie, Bernie’s sister-in-law Diane Gibson, even her uncle: are hiding a lot more than she realized and all hated Jordan. There are lots of possibilities as to who could have killed Jordan but they all seem to point to Bernie.

Kendra wonders if Vanessa might be involved in all this, finding her “disappearance”, later claiming to be on “vacation”, very suspicious. She tries to investigate her and even goes out with Vanessa’s soon-to-be ex-husband, an extremely handsome lawyer. Kendra really falls for him, but it turns out someone doesn’t want them to together.

One of the two has a stalker that is determined they stay single for them. Will Kendra find out the truth and outwit this psycho? Or will she be joining Jordan in eternity?

Thoughts After Reading:

I really enjoyed this book and the characters. I thought Kendra was funny and extremely interesting and that the plot was well written and well paced.

The only thing I didn’t care for was Kendra dating someone that may or may not have murdered someone (never get involved with a suspect!!!) but otherwise I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what is next in her investigations.

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The Lesson

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The Lesson (Stoney Ridge Seasons #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Thoughts Before Reading:

So this book is in a series, but only the third one is marketed as a “mystery”.

In the first Stoney Ridge Seasons book, The Keeper, Amish woman Julia Lapp has had to deal with a lot since her father’s heart trouble. She is trying to keep their farm, Windmill Farm, together against all odds. But luckily she will now be marrying Paul Fisher, who she has been in love with for years. But now Paul has stopped their marriage from happening, and she knows who is to blame, Roman Troyer. Roman Troyer is a unique kind of Amish as he likes to travel around Ohio and Pennsylvania with his beehives. He tells the other men about his travels and convinces many that this is the life. While Roman and Julia are fighting, Roman finds himself settling at Windmill Farm and liking it, but will it be enough to convince him to give up his roaming life?

Hmm…

In the sequel, The Haven, the story focus on Julia’s younger sister, Sadie. Sadie has just returned from spending the winter in Ohio after training under a healing women to learn her ways and bring them back to her community. She tells no one of her arrival, including her somewhat boyfriend Gideon Smucker. Her family is surprised when she arrives early and with a baby! Yes, while Sadie fell asleep waiting for her bus, a baby was dropped off at her feet. Gideon assumes the worse, which angers Sadie and opens a window for troubled college youth, William Stolz.

What?!

Plot Synopsis:

In this book, The Lesson, Mary Kay Lapp, otherwise known as M.K., has grown up into a woman’s body but doesn’t have the sense of an adult. She still has troubles with long-distance thinking of the consequences of her actions.

After a run-in with the schoolteacher, and accidentally laying her up for the semester, M.K. becomes the next teacher. Much to her dismay as she can’t stand the idea.

No!!

But one day as M.K. is continuing along, she finds the dead body of a sheep farmer. This amateur detective has decided it is up to her to discover the truth and who is responsible.

Will M.K. solve the crime? Or will she just get herself into more trouble.

Hmm…

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Thoughts After Reading

I didn’t like e how the author wrote M. K. She would use these short choppy sentences that made it seem as if M.K. was that hyperactive squirrel from the Hoodwinked film. It gave me a headache to read.

I thought The Keeper was good, but every book after just got worse and worse. I thought this one was horribly written and do not recommend it.

I hate it

For more mysteries involving schoolteachers, go to Paper Roses

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Paper Roses

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Paper Roses (Texas Dreams #1) by Amanda Cabot

So I know some of you may be looking at this and thinking this doesn’t look like a mystery, it looks like a Western. Well it is, but as the plot revolves around two mysteries I decided it was okay to review for this blog. Besides sometimes a book can straddle genres.

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Sarah Dobbs has lost everything when her parents died. All she has left is her little sister, of which she can not take care of without some help. So she looks for an escape and starts writing letters to a man in Texas looking for a bride. As the two write, Sarah falls in love with Austin Caufield and his “paper roses” (the letters he writes).

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She decides to agree to marry him and journeys West. When she arrives in Texas she discovers things are not quite as she hoped. Her fiancé was murdered!

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To Austin’s brother Clay’s surprise, Sarah refuses to return East but live on the Caufield ranch with her sister.

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Clay feels as if he doesn’t have time for this. He is trying to keep his ranch going, assist the elderly town doctor, and solve who murdered his brother.

On the case!

On the case!

Sarah quickly finds a niche in the town, working in the mercantile and later as the schoolteacher. But she discovers that this cute Texas town has a lot of prejudices and problems between the Germans and the French, and it is really heating up the town.

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As Sarah and Clay start becoming friends Sarah is determined to help discover her fiancé’s killer. What they discover is that someone has a real vendetta against the Caulfield family; being behind Clay’s father’s injury, the death of his wife, and the murder of his brother.

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As the two’s relationship grows, it turns out Clay has a secret. He is the one who wrote the letters for Austin, pulling a Cyrano de Bergerac. Will he be able to admit the truth? Or will Sarah continue to be in love with who she thought his brother was?

I wonder...

I wonder…

While Clay and Sarah are occupied, someone is planning their next move to remove the Caulfield clan. Will they be able to stop them in time?

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Thoughts After Reading:

I thought this book was extremely good. I loved the characters, the storyline, and the mystery.

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In fact the person responsible for the crimes against the Caufield’s was a great twist.

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A great read!

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