Daily Review: Catch a Falling Star by Laurel Heidtman
April 3, 2019
Packed with mystery, deceit, intrigue, suspense, thrill, murder and mayhem
Missing treasure, criminals, cops, co-worker hostility, and the surprise appearance of an ex-lover — definitely not what mystery novelist Kate Rawlings expects when she accepts a summer teaching position at her alma mater in the peaceful college town of Eden, Kentucky.
Michael Mabry was Kate’s lover in college, but did she ever really know him? Thirty years later, he’s on the run from his partners in a Chicago museum heist in which a valuable ancient Indian artifact called the Shooting Star was stolen and two people killed.
Michael escaped with the Star and his life, but he needs money to get out of the country. After so long, Eden should be the last place anyone would think to look for him, but his partners and an insurance investigator with his own agenda are hot on his trail.
Kate finds herself suspected of involvement in the heist, but when a murder occurs in Eden, she also finds herself suspected of murder.
This story has enough intrigue to keep every reader turning the pages. The characters are well drawn and believable.
As a reader, I was taken in immediately by the storyline and the rich descriptions of the town and surrounding area.
The story is well plotted and kept me guessing until the end. I can honestly say I never saw it coming.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a good mystery.
By Kindle Customer
If you google “Catch a falling star” you will come across many books with the same title of the Romance genre. In that context, when you see the book title, you tend to wonder what kind of book this will turn out to be. But oh how much mistaken you would be if you think that and not take this book up!!
Catch the Falling Star has every bit of mystery, deceit, intrigue, suspense, thrill, murder and mayhem as any other mystery book would have, in fact, I would say this one has a lot more to it than meets the eye.
The start of the book is very innocent and deceiving. You really might have second thoughts if you intently read the first couple of chapters. But no sooner have you gone deeper, than you realise that now there is no looking back. You will be so absorbed into the book that it will be impossible to keep it down without finishing it.
The characters of the book are so subtly developed but they achieve amazing perfection as the story goes forward. The scenes of the book are so natural and brilliantly crafted that you feel this just might be your neighborhood, after all. There is nothing in this book below perfection. An absolute star this one is.
Writing a review for a mystery is difficult, you want to give a potential reader a good idea of the book but not give anything away. And when it comes to mysteries every detail in the book counts! So I will do my best and hope I don’t slip in a spoiler 🙂
Ms. Heidtman has a knack for characters. She writes them flawed, funny, compassionate, talented, smug or brutish and that is just the first few chapters! We meet many periphery characters that are in one paragraph just as fleshed out as the main protagonists. The ability to give a reader an instant scene and depth of personality in so few words is an art. This author is an artist.
We have Kathrine Rawlings, mystery writer and leading lady, Micheal Mary an ex-affair from college days and leading criminal, Cal Becker, the insurance detective along with Jo Valentine, local detective. And those are just the main characters, add in Steven the brother, Lou, a close friend and the varied faculty and you have a book full of varied depths and vibrant dialogue.
This was a fun and interesting book, the mystery does have it’s surprises and the pace is just right – full of information but never boring!
We had a week of thunderstorms where I live and it set the perfect tone for curling up with this captivating tale, letting the words on the page carry me to Raven College, Holly house and down paths of intrigue.
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