After my friend dropped me off at home and drove away, I realized that I couldn’t remember the code to open our garage door so I could get into the house. I also didn’t have the front door key with me. So, I went around to the back of the house to test the door there. Locked. Around to the front to confirm what I knew — locked. Next I tried to call my husband using my cell phone. No answer. Back to try a different code on the garage door. Nothing.
I then began to walk around the house, evaluating my options. It was just after noon and my husband didn’t get off work until 5. At least the weather was nice. I did have my Kindle with me which was a plus. I just didn’t have anywhere comfortable to sit. Hmm. Time to look into getting some outdoor seating.
Then I saw it! My possible mode of entry. I won’t tell you what it was, but it ended up being ridiculously easy to break into my house. Not the most comforting thought. Of course, 5 minutes after I got in the house, my cell phone rang. It was my husband.
The Sleuth's Miscalculation
by Kimberly Rose Johnson
Series: The Librarian Sleuth #1
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date June 1, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Two strong-willed sleuths team up to solve a mystery. Can they work together, or will their differences pull them apart?
Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff’s department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she’s on the case. This time things are different—she’s been partnered with the new deputy, and he’s not interested in her help. To make matters worse, she’s angered the wrong person and is now being threatened.
Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. He’d come to town for a fresh start with his nephew—one without the issues big cities deal with. Had he made a mistake? To complicate matters, he’s told he must consult with the sheriff’s daughter, who is not in law enforcement. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.
Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late, and more importantly, what will they do about their growing attraction?
I would like to thank Kimberly Rose Johnson for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Nancy first met Carter when she broke into her friend Gloria’s house by breaking the back window on the door — a result of Gloria’s pleas, of course. Why else would someone do something like that? Due to the fact that Carter was the new deputy in town, that meeting didn’t exactly go well. . .
The Sleuth’s Miscalculation probably falls under the category of “cozy mystery”. I appreciate that there was no murder, no gore, and no violence. Yet the mystery was compelling and as more information became available, it was obvious that it was more complex than anyone had originally anticipated.
Some elements of the story were hinted at but not really developed more. I would have enjoyed reading more about the balloon creations and how Carter got involved in making them as a child. I also thought that the issues surrounding the lie were a little bit vague.