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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quiet Place in the Country by Heather Parker

Quiet Place in the Country by Heather Parker
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Short (23 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Jessica enjoys her work as community copper in a small English village - until a young girl is found dead at the bottom of Lowther Crag. As the policewoman starts to investigate, she finds disturbing undercurrents in her quiet community. With the help of the local doctor, she sets out to uncover the girl's dark secrets, but soon finds her own life threatened...

Author Heather Parker makes every word count in this short story. The places and people leap off the page. The conflict and plot carry her readers fluently from the first to the final page, and on the way she throws in several red herrings, plenty of conflict and a great twist at the end.

And working their way through all this are Sergeant Jessie Winters and Doctor David Stuart. A murder in their small community brings them together and the self reliant Sergeant soon discovers that David’s backup and support mean more to her than just working with a colleague, but nothing is that simple. Enter May Winters, Jessie’s mother.

Heather Parker’s story is peopled by a wide spectrum of personalities, all of whom take up only the space needed to propel this fast-paced story forward.

There’s plenty of emotion, conflict, visual impact and mystery to satisfy a wide variety of readers. If you have a few moments of ‘me-time’ and want an entertaining read, then this is the one for you.