Dying Grass Moon
Hennessey Reed Mystery series (Book 2)
by Andrea Jacka
Pub Date 09 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 04 Nov 2021
Red River Pony Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Bordello madam and amateur sleuth Hennessey Reed doesn’t go looking for trouble. But trouble has an unnerving habit of coming looking for her.
Melancholy, Idaho Territory, 1882. Hennessey Reed learns a reclusive family has been shot dead, bound in pairs, and dumped on the outskirts of town. Were they chosen at random, left as a warning, or, as members of a burgeoning religion, murdered because of their beliefs?
Encouraged by past success as an amateur sleuth, Hennessey barrels headlong into the search for the killer. Unfortunately, a laudanum addiction and penchant for Irish whiskey can be most unhelpful when hunting a murderer. So, too, strained relations with the town marshal, a cagey Pinkerton agent, and an independent wolfhound who follows her nose, but rarely instruction.
Hennessey knows present-day events are often rooted in the past. When her investigation leads her across societal boundaries and county lines, she is pitched against villains ready and willing not only to pay the ultimate price to wreak havoc and exact revenge, but also to kill whomever gets in their way ...
PLEASE NOTE: This book reveals plot details, and the villain, from the first Hennessey Reed mystery ONE FOR ANOTHER.
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Average rating from 6 members
Dying Grass Moon by Andrea Jacka Hennessey Reed Mystery Series #2 The writing style of this book requires patience. It reminds me of reading The Scarlet Letter in high school because that, too, required patience. Once I got into the flow of the words and the writing style I was taken into the era, the thought processes of Hennessey and saw a story unfolding that was quite unlike any other I have read. Well, it was also LIKE other stories I have read but still quite special in its own way. What I liked: * Hennessey: complex, intriguing, difficult to like but also difficult to dislike, businesswoman, secretive, cares deeply, uses addictions to buffer memories and hide, stubborn, and I want to get to know her better. * Raff: police keeper, intriguing, complex, loves Hennessey, resolute, capable, lethal, interesting backstory, skilled, focused, and someone I would like to get to know better. * Walsh: lawyer but more than a lawyer, secretive, dedicated to his work, someone you would rather have with than against you. * The twisty turns of the story and where it took me * The way clues were shared with the reader * The setting and plot * The town and the townspeople * That romance was in the air for some in the story * That it felt real and carried me away * That the bad guys were people I could understand but still find despicable * That it was different and drew me in * That the story was told from two perspectives: Hennessey in first person and Raff from third. * That not everybody “good” survived * That I cared about the characters and would like to meet up with them again in the future. What I didn’t like: * Exactly what and whom I was meant not to like. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Red River Pony Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars