Crystal's Pick: Pay Dirt Road by Samantha Jayne Allen
Lured into the family business - a private investigation firm - by her supposed-to-be-retired grandfather, Annie McIntyre, while looking into the disappearance of waitress, finds herself identifying with the victim in increasing, unsettling ways and must confront her own past to survive this case.
West Texas…vast amounts of open land, small towns, and oil fields. That’s the setting of Pay Dirt Road by Samantha Jayne Allen.
Annie McIntyre is a recent college graduate returning to her small hometown of Garnett, Texas. With the economy in a recession, Annie is having a difficult time finding work so she begins waitressing. Things begin to get interesting when Annie’s coworker, Victoria, doesn’t show up for work the day after a bonfire party. Annie remembers Victoria drinking heavily at the party, so she assumes she’s hungover.
Getting worried, Annie goes to Victoria’s home looking for her. When she doesn’t find her, Annie begins investigating. Investigating runs in her blood. Her Grandpa Leroy, a retired sheriff, now works as a private investigator. Annie and Grandpa Leroy team up to find Victoria. When her body is found, they continue working to bring her killer to justice.
This was not a fast-paced thriller, but there were several twists and turns I did not expect. Victoria’s killer was definitely not who I was expecting it to be. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy small town mysteries.
Rating: **** Stars (I really liked it) Reviewer: Crystal, Technical Services Librarian
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THEME: Home Again (Coming back to the place you left behind)
STORYLINE: Intricately Plotted
TONE: Strong Sense of Place; Suspenseful
WRITING STYLE: Compelling; Gritty
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