Sunday, May 11, 2008

House of Secrets

by Jeffery S. Savage

"Shandra Covington simply assumed her grandmothers' house was sold after her grandmother hastily moved in with Shandra and her mother two decades ago. Yet, here it was, deeded to Shandra in her grandmother's will.

Shandra, single, aggressive, and an accomplished journalist, has tender memories of the time spent as a young girl in the old house on the hill, and her curiosity and sentimentality lead her to a final visit to the forgotten home. What she discovers shocks Shandra to her very core. Not only is the house still filled with her grandmother's old belongings, but there is also a body, long since dead, and covered with the same thick layer of dust as the rest of the items in the house.

Returning with the sheriff and his handsome deputy, Clay, they find the body missing. In its place is another body—this one dead less than 12 hours. And all evidence points to Shandra.

Desperate to clear her name and uncover the truth behind these troubling mysteries, Shandra puts her journalistic training to use. Between the reluctant townspeople, ominous warnings, and physical threats, Shandra learns the truth, little by little—knowing full well that someone is determined to keep old secrets buried, even it means burying Shandra as well . . ." -Deseret Book description

House of Secrets is part of the Shandra Covington mystery series. I'm not sure if it's book one or two in the series that presently includes four books. I plan to read the others because Savage writes crisp, fresh and cunning mysteries. Lots of surprises and hard to answer situations kept my interest throughout. I've found another new-to-me author than I suspect will become one I return to often.


Bookfool said...

I usually dislike mysteries (since my lengthy mystery-reading phase ended), but this one sounds intriguing. I'll have to look for it. Thanks for the review!

heather (errantdreams) said...

Oooh. Sounds like an interesting premise!

tanabata said...

Sounds interesting, adding it to my very long wishlist.

Anonymous said...

The book itself is stand alone? It does sound like a good mystery I might just have to read.

Liz said...

This sounds very good. I'm on my way to the library later, and will take a look at it. It SOUNDS like it's also amusing/funny/contains humor, which, for whatever reasons, attracts me today. (Must be in a really "light-reading" mode.) I recently read a book that's the epitome of light/funny mystery, which you may want to give a look: Landmark Status. Think Carl Hiaasen and you'll be close, what with land deals and shady/interesting/eccentric characters. The book is a wild ride from beginning to end -- and the beginning involves a wrecking ball that starts swinging early on.