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Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery - Melissa Lenhardt

Stillwater, Texas has a new Chief of Police.  Used to life as an FBI agent in a big city, Jack McBride thought this job in this small town would be a piece of cake.  But he couldn’t be more wrong.  No sooner than he takes the job, he’s pulled into a murder-suicide, or at least it appears that way.  Sheriff Ann Newberry offered to give his the lowdown on Yourkeville County.  When he said he’d Googled it, she asked what Google said.  He replied, “You have a booming meth business, lots of child abuse, spousal abuse, and hot checks.”  Another of his first contacts in the town is bank representative, Ellie Martin.  There’s a definite attraction about the two early on, but it’s slow to simmer because Jack is actually still married and the last thing Ellie wants is another scandal.  Jack has a teen son, Ethan, who is very curious about this new place and begins poking around.  But poking where he’s not wanted can be dangerous.  Oh, and let’s not forget the old bones that became uncovered after a storm.

There’s much more to this mystery than first meets the eye.  When the author gave a chapter over to McBride’s teen-age son, Ethan, it becomes clear to the reader that there will eventually be a connection.  The characters were well written with great personality.  Ethan became my favorite.  It’s a nice and suspenseful whodunit. This is the first in a series, and I’d love to read more.  Rating: 4 out of 5.