"Twisted at the Root" By Ellen Hart: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Rashad May and Gideon Wise were happily married—or so everyone thought. Then Gideon was found in the bathtub, wrists slit. The apparent suicide was really murder, and Rashad had everything to gain.

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After four years in prison, new evidence has surfaced so there’s a chance Rashad was innocent and can go free. Of course, that means a killer is still at large and will try to derail the investigation.
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Suspects include Gideon’s daughter and her fiancé. Gideon was against their marriage. He refused to invest money in his daughter’s greeting card business. There were also problems at Gideon’s law firm.

Ray Lawless was the original defense attorney for Rashad’s trial. Much of his evidence was ruled inadmissible. Ray’s looking to reopen the case with his daughter Jane’s help. Although she runs a successful restaurant, Jane has her private investigator’s license, and she’s ready for a change of pace.

The restaurant practically runs itself. It’s Jane’s home life that needs a breather. Her former lover, Julia, is back and ill. Prognosis is bad. Julia researches and travels for a cure but nothing has worked so far.

It complicates matters that Jane’s brother Peter had dinner with Rashad the night of the murder. Now Peter is mysteriously unavailable, not in London with his wife and child, not answering his cell phone, and is between projects for work.

Following the clues is like navigating a labyrinth. Jane will have to use all her skills to find the truth and free an innocent man.

This is book twenty-six in the popular series. Hart delivers a tangled web of clues for readers to sort through, characters with depth, who have problems with family, lovers, friends, and work. Jane’s strength and character are surely pushed to the limits with this case. Another great read from the prolific Ellen Hart.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. Wow, 26 books in the series. That's staying power. Count me in!

  2. I'm delighted to see another Jane Lawless tale from Ellen Hart. I have followed each one and eagerly await the next. It's a great series that feels like visiting a friend with each new read.

  3. Sorry, forgot email address (claire@clairemurraywrites.com)

  4. It's about time I got started on this series, thanks for the chance to win this book! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  5. Thanks for the chance! Looks like a good read. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. What a wonderful series to have so many books. I'd love to have this one to call my
    own. Fingers crossed. robeader53at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Would really like to read. Sounds like a great book.

  8. Yes please I'm a big fan of Ellen's works and own a number of them from each series she wrote or is writing. NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Gosh! Another series I've not read! Thanks so much for this chance! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com


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