- Jacquie Biggar
- Release Date
- April 2017
- Book 1 of An Augustus Grant Mystery
The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country
Detective Augustus Grant is faced with his most baffling case to date. Well-respected race horse breeder, John Jorgenson, is murdered in his den days before the Kentucky Derby and the list of suspects is growing.
Complicating matters, Gus' ex-girlfriend is the last person to have seen the victim alive.
Rebecca Hayes owes the Jorgenson family her loyalty. They gave her a new life after a disastrous affair leaves her alone and pregnant.
With all the evidence pointing in Becky's direction, will Gus do his duty?
Or follow his heart?
Book Review by Blue (reviewer)
May 04, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
The year is 1953, and things are not easy for an unwed mother. Rebecca (Becky) Hayes was fortunate to find a job working in the household of John Jorgensen, renowned racing horse breeder. Though she's at the beck and call of John's pampered and spoiled wife, she's still has a home for herself and her toddler daughter. When her boss unexpectedly dies, not only is her future uncertain, but the detective investigating the case is none other than Gus, her former lover.
Augustus (Gus) Grant has been summoned to aid the local sheriff's department in the investigation of John Jorgensen's death. At first glance, it seems a cut and dried suicide, but evidence quickly points to foul play. It also seems that the last person to see John alive is Becky, Gus's ex-girlfriend, and the woman he still loves.
The reader learns the story of the ill-fated love affair through flashbacks from each character's perspective. Gus is an endearingly clumsy guy, and clearly regrets leaving Becky. He hopes to mend fences as soon as his investigation is concluded. Becky has obviously had the tougher path to follow. Gus left to further his career before he knew Becky was pregnant, and she's worked hard to make a life for herself and her child. Whether there's a place for Gus in their future remains to be seen.
MISSING: THE LADY SAID NO is chock full of a cast of suspicious characters who keep you guessing as to what's really going on in the Jorgensen household. The mystery is twisty and engaging. It's always hard to show character development in depth in a short novella, so I wanted more insight into the romance between Gus and Becky. If you enjoy a short suspenseful story with a touch of amour thrown in, I think you'll enjoy MISSING: THE LADY SAID NO.
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