Thicker Than Water: Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll by Alicia Dean

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Thicker Than Water by Alicia Dean
Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (120 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Sometimes, secrets refuse to stay buried…

A ten-year-old accidental killing and an ancient cursed doll are only part of Julia Bennett’s problems. When she returns to her hometown of Covington, Oklahoma for an old friend’s funeral, she’s thrust into the middle of a murder case—and discovers she never stopped loving her high school sweetheart.

Jake Devlin is now the sheriff of Covington and faced with solving a murder. He isn’t surprised to find Julia in the middle of things. She still seems like the troublemaker whose reckless mistake caused a man’s death years ago…and who broke his heart when she left him without so much as a goodbye.

Jake makes it clear he’s over her, and Julia can’t wait to leave Covington behind. But when another friend dies, she knows she must stay. Can they put the past behind them and stop a killer before he claims another victim?

It’s amazing how one small moment can change your life completely. They’d been partying and were on their way home when they happen upon a man walking down the road in the dark. They survive; the man doesn’t. And all their lives fall to pieces in seconds…

When Julia returns to her hometown, she’s not looking forward to meeting the town folk. She left as soon as she graduated and hasn’t returned for anything except for things she can’t avoid. This time it’s for the death of a friend who was along on that car ride. He committed suicide. She finds that hard to believe, he was so full of life and so exuberant. Before much more time goes by, it’s apparent it was not suicide; it was murder.

Ms. Dean melds a series of murders into a tale of what happened a long time before anyone’s death as well as the current investigation. The past has significance for Julia. The present is full of secrets and unknowns. She also still has an attraction to Jake, who is the sheriff now. With guilt from the past still riding on her shoulder, she has a number of issues to try to put to rest.

The author’s story flows well, holds your interest, and entertains you. As Ms. Dean kills off characters, I began to wonder just who the killer would be. Julia’s girlfriend, Pam, thinks the doll is talking to her. None of those who rode in the car were untouched. The author takes you for a walk on a cobwebby path, with twists and turns and no real answers. She surprised me twice in this tale. I won’t share the surprises with you; you’ll need to read the story. I bet you’ll be surprised, too.

It’s a good mystery with a twisted tale that finally unwinds and offers a solution and some hope for Julia’s future. Why not get a copy on your ereader and settle in a comfortable chair and take a trip through small town, Oklahoma? I bet you remember the trip.

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