Goslyn County by A. M. McKnight

Goslyn County by A. M. McKnight
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (318 pgs)
Heat level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

A mostly black community with its roots in farming, Goslyn, Virginia lay just south of the State’s Capital. The once small, close-knit county had grown rapidly in the past two decades and boasted a population of just over fifty thousand. But the county’s crime stats had grown as well, and the latest offenses included several break-ins and rumors of a meth lab. Time had brought many changes, and many of the longtime folks of Goslyn no longer recognized their community and longed for days gone by.

Goslyn PD Detective Olivia “Ollie” Winston loves her family and friends and shows it through her sense of humor. Just like her neighbors, she too worries about the recent events, and it’s her job to find out who’s behind the crime spree.

While investigating three burglaries, Olivia meets IRS Special Agent Maureen Jeffries who is pursuing a tax fraud suspect. Their cases are connected, and both soon discover they have much in common, personally and professionally.

Goslyn is a growing community and as the population increases so does the crime in the area. But thanks to Detective Olivia ‘Ollie’ Winston and others at the Goslyn police precinct they are hard on the case. Lead detective on the case of several burglaries at a chain of tax refund business Ollie and her partner Marcus are full on into the investigation.

Will the case be as simple as it seems?

This book was pretty surprising to me and I found myself enjoying the plot. I suspected the suspense as to who was behind the robberies but I didn’t expect the action of high speed chases, stakeouts, explosions all the ingredients that makes for a good read. This was an attention grabber from the beginning when there was a robbery at the tax refund business of Bertrand Lewis and finding out why his business was being targeted. As I read on, the intensity of the book kept going with surprises and suspense. This wasn’t a simple or quick investigation. The author really put some thought into planning this plot in a way to keep the reader guessing at what would happen next.

I enjoyed the police investigation however I didn’t care too much for the story line of Ollie and Maureen’s personal relationship. I just found it strange that everyone was involved in their personal relationship, questioning and being cheerleaders. Were they that lonely and pitiful that their personal life is an all points bulletin for their friends and family members? I did like that their relationship went slow with dates and talking getting to know each other. Their relationship wasn’t the highlight of the book for me, more like a filler to give the novel some personal aspect instead of the entire book being about the robbery case.

The story was wrapped up nicely and a ending that doesn’t leave the reader with a cliff hanger. The plot is one that is original and flowed fairly nice. The author’s writing style is easy to read. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

This was an entertaining read that I enjoyed and would suggest to those that enjoy a action investigative suspense thriller, however it does include a female with female relationship.

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