The Sleuth's Conundrum
by Kimberly Rose Johnson
Series: The Librarian Sleuth #3
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date November 1, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Adam and Tara are sucked into a police investigation that might get Tara killed. Can Adam keep her safe or will he lose her forever?
Tara James, the local librarian assistant, is afraid her past will catch up to her when an infant is abandoned outside the Tipton County Library. Will news of the abandoned baby stir up publicity and force her to go on the run again?
Librarian Nancy Daley’s world has become complicated. Carter is pushing to set a wedding date, a woman was left for dead on the side of the road, and Tara, her assistant, is acting strange. Nancy is working every angle she can think of, but the case goes from bad to bizarre. Can she find the baby’s mother, help Tara, and plan her wedding without upsetting her life’s delicate balance?
Slow news days become a thing of the past for local reporter Adam Stacy when a dead body is discovered on the side of the road. Was the woman murdered or was it an accident? Adam’s feelings are growing for Tara, but she appears to have secrets she’s hiding. Is she somehow connected to the abandoned infant?
When things go from bad to worse Adam does everything in his power to protect Tara, but will it be enough?
I would like to thank Kimberly Rose Johnson, Mountain Brook Ink for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: The Sleuth's Miscalculation, The Sleuth's Dilemma
Tipton, Oregon is once again faced with a mystery. This time, things are bigger and more dangerous than Nancy, the librarian sleuth, is prepared for. It was clear that Tara had a secret which had her skittish and ready to run. Little did she expect the people of this sleepy town would have her wanting so much to stay.
I liked Tara from the start and was very curious about what her past contained. I was quite surprised to learn what she was running from, though looking back, I laugh at some of the possibilities I considered. The clues were there, I just hadn’t thought it through.
The events Tara was running from left her with a suspicious attitude towards most people. And she questioned God’s care for her because of the bad things that had happened. I found it sweet how Adam was able to encourage her to trust him, and more importantly, to see that just because bad things happen doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care.
Adam had a sweet, protective nature, and even knew how to defend himself and others. Yet he wasn’t the strong, always-has-the answers type. When questioned by Tara at one point about how they were going to get out of the situation, his answers were consistently “I don’t know”. I like that he had questions and had to trust the Lord instead of his own strength.
I loved how Adam wasn’t afraid to call Tara out on her lack of faith. Their relationship was realistic even though they fell for each other quickly. Things weren’t all just sweet moments, though, as they got on each other’s nerves as well.
The fact that Adam had taken cooking classes so he was a good cook was a plus. Oh, and I’m jealous of his beautiful backyard. Just sayin!
Though the story isn’t super long, I had to read it in spurts due to work and other activities. The mystery had me intrigued and I found myself pondering it throughout the day. It wasn’t necessarily that I was wanting to drop everything to hurry and get to the end; I was enjoying mulling over possibilities.
The Librarian Sleuth Series is best read together. Things wrapped up pretty well for Nancy and Carter and I didn’t feel that there were loose ends, so this might be the last story. Then again, some characters still need happy endings for themselves!
Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy The Sleuth’s Conundrum.