Author: Ann Rule
Genre: True Crime, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3.5/5 (good)
Format/Narrator: Audiobook/Anne Twomey
Yearly Count: 13
Nestled in Puget Sound, Whidbey Island is a gem of the Pacific Northwest; accessible only by ferry and the soaring Deception Pass Bridge, it is known for its artistic communities and stunning natural beauty. Life there is low-key, insular, and the island’s year-round residents tend to know one another’s business. But when the blood-drenched body of Russel Douglas was discovered the day after Christmas in his SUV in a hidden driveway near Whidbey’s most exclusive mansions, the whole island was shocked. A single bullet between his eyes was the cause of death, but no one could imagine who among them could plot such a devious, cold-blooded crime. At first, police suspected suicide, tragically common at the height of the holiday season. But when they found no gun in or near the SUV, Russel’s manner of death became homicide. Like a cast of characters from a classic mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fell under suspicion.
I thought this was pretty good. It was a little cumbersome with characters and side stories, but it wouldn't be a book if it were a cut and dry type of case, right? Even though, the ending was a little anti-climatic, and it wasn't all that compelling, I still enjoyed the process of solving the crime.
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My thanks go to Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.