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Pub Date 06 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2022

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A tense and claustrophobic mystery set in the Montana wilderness starring Nora Best.

Nora Best is starting her life over . . . again. Spotting a 'team leader' job with a therapy program for troubled girls at Serendipity Ranch, Nora thinks it's the perfect role. She'll be surrounded by the beautiful Montana wilderness and be able to make a difference in the kids' lives.

All is going well until it's revealed a girl recently died at the ranch. The other girls are struggling with the loss. The official line is she jumped from a cliff, but she was afraid of heights and would have struggled to get there alone.

As trouble at the ranch escalates and another shocking discovery is made, Nora's determined to find out the truth to protect the girls. However, with her recent troubles, the local community, police and program leaders won't take her seriously. Can Nora overcome her past to help the girls, or are the girls using her past to help themselves?

A tense and claustrophobic mystery set in the Montana wilderness starring Nora Best.

Nora Best is starting her life over . . . again. Spotting a 'team leader' job with a therapy program for troubled...

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This book is the third in a series featuring Nora Best, former PR professional turned de facto detective. Despite being the third in a series, there's enough backstory here to inform any reader who hasn't read the first two (I am such a reader) without bogging down the story in unnecessary detail. Having resolved some issues that drove the story in the first two books, Nora is on the road in her beloved Airstream trailer with her cat Mooch and dog Murph, trying to find a way to make ends meet financially until an expected insurance settlement comes through. While in the Midwest she spots what she thinks is a kidnapping, but turns out to be a teenage delinquent being shipped off to a reform facility by her wealthy parents. A few weeks later, Nora finds herself working as a house mother at a reform camp deep in the woods of northwest Montana. This camp, Serendipity Ranch, is marketed to the wealthy parents of America as the ideal place to send their wayward daughters to be managed back into sweetness and obedience... but what Nora uncovers there points to a much darker side to Serendipity Ranch, to the couple that run the place, and to the entire reformation industry as well.

What a page-turner! I couldn't put this one down. At times I was frustrated with Nora's attitude toward the girls she was charged with supervising and toward her male coworkers; after everything she had been through in the first two books (alluded to several times with enough detail to get the point that she'd been through some traumatic experiences) it disappointed me that she seemed to be so naive at times. But to be fair, she's not actually a detective, and her attitudes and beliefs were completely in line with what I'd expect from an average real person in her situation.

Thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for the opportunity to read this book!

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I really enjoyed this book! It was gripping, and it kept me glued to the edge of my seat the whole time.

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While this book is third in the series, it's not necessary to read #1 and #2 first. Nora Best is a former public relations person who has left the field and traveling with her pets in her camper. Following the death of her husband, Nora is floundering and nearly broke. She takes a role with a ranch founded for troubled teenage girls. At the ranch, Nora is concerned by the programming and treatment of the girls. When she learns about multiple deaths associated with the ranch, Nora knows something is very, very wrong. If you like a strong heroine, a mystery thriller set in the midwest or just a story about a woman making her way, then Best Practices is for you!
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