First off, it makes me a LITTLE crazy to read a book 2 of a series, but this is the book the online book club is discussing this month, and I didn’t have time to read the first with all my school reading. The author does a good job of giving you enough history from the first book that you’re not lost.

I must say I enjoyed this book a great deal. The characters are interesting and fun to watch. Even the uptight boyfriend, Parker has a lovable side. The main character, Gabby St. Clair has some very real qualities about her. She is strives to be a self-sufficient, independent woman but deep in her heart she wants to be loved. Her upbringing has tainted her ability to trust, but she believes life can be better than it was in the past.

The author did a great job of taking us through the possible suspects. Even though the “guilty” one ended up being one I sort of suspected it was a great read getting to the end.

Beyond the story of figuring out who killed “Elvis” the author strives to tell a more important story. As you read the story and follow Gabby through her conflicting emotions, you will find yourself examining your own life and asking yourself, “What are my priorities?” “Am I surrounded by people, I hardly know, or who hardly know me?”

This mystery isn’t as intense as a Brandilyn Collins or a Terri Blackstock suspense story. Ms. Barritt’s style reminded me of a Ginny Aiken or Lorena McCourtney type mystery. It is a well-written, page turner that isn’t too heavy. If you’re like me when you finish the book you want to know what’s going to happen to Gabby in the next story! (and if you’re like me and haven’t read the first one, you want to find out what exactly Riley rescued her from in the first story!)

Great story and I look forward to discussing the book and reading more by Christy Barritt.

425400: Suspicious Minds # 2
Suspicious Minds # 2

By Christy Barritt / Kregel Publications

Elvis has definitely not left the building! That’s what crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Clair discovers when she does mold remediation at a dilapidated old house. To her surprise, she finds the dead “King” in a crawlspace—still wearing his blue suede shoes. There’s no way she can keep her nose out of a case like this! 240 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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