Hazel Rock, Texas is the last place Charli Rae Warren ever wanted to come back to. If it hadn’t been for the real estate agent who was in charge of selling her father’s business, the Book Barn, insisting that Charli had to sign the papers in person, she would have happily stayed in her Denver digs with her classroom full of kindergarteners. What was to have been a quick trip to sign the papers and then high-tail it out of town, turns into an open-ended stay when Charli stumbles upon the body of the realtor in the back room of the Book Barn. Now she’s torn between a suspicious sheriff and the town’s mayor, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend. What is a girl to do?
Charli Rae’s history in Hazel Rock unfolds as you turn the pages of Fatal Fiction, the first book in a new cozy series by Kym Roberts. While Charli Rae is in town, she sparks up a friendship with the feisty and fiery Scarlet and together they start to spruce up the Book Barn. Scarlet involves the entire town in the effort, forcing Charli to face her past and figure out her future, all while she’s trying to figure out where her father is – and who killed the realtor, Marlene, who was also her father’s fiance.
Fatal Fiction provides readers with an opportunity to visit small town Texas, where girls love their daddies no matter what and the motto is always the higher the hair, the closer to God. It’s a fast-paced read that I very much enjoyed. Where else will you find a story featuring a family pet armadillo?!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (December 6, 2016)
E-Book ASIN: B01CWYTJVC
When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!
Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .
Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .
About the Author
Three career paths resonated for Kym Roberts during her early childhood: detective, investigative reporter, and . . .nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny. In high school, her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement. Kym followed her dream and became a detective who fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant, Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband dragged her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.
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