Saturday, August 20, 2016

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

When Death Draws Near (Gwen Marcey #3)Book Description:
Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.
Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.

My Thoughts:
This was a good one!  Gwen is a good forensic artist and is in demand.  This is in the Gwen Marcey series but can be read as a stand alone. I loved that Gwen wasn't the typical young, vivacious leading lady.  While she had plenty of attitude, she is a middle age woman who beat cancer, has her issues, an ex, a teenager with an attitude and a mystery (or two) to solve. 
When she gets to her newest mystery, she finds out that they really don't want her there.  Not only that, but there is a lot going on that no one wants to connect or even acknowledge.  There was plenty of mystery to pull you in and keep you guessing with twists and turns.  I had my 'suspects' narrowed down but I wasn't certain who 'done' it until the end. 

It was a 4/5 and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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