#BlogTour #Review : The Lake Templeton Murders by HS Burney. @rararesources @hsburneyauthor

Today I’m taking part in the last day of the blog tour with a review of this book. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

The Book:

A body washes up on the shores of Lake Templeton, a small town on the coast of Vancouver Island. Sharon Reese, the victim, was a dedicated government employee. Everyone liked her, but no one knew much about her. Was she hiding something? Maybe a questionable past riddled with scandal. And did it lead to her plunge to death, in a drunken stupor, off the dock outside her secluded lakefront lodge?

Was it an accident? A suicide? Or cold-blooded murder? Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, is determined to find out. 

Fati arrives in Lake Templeton to find secrets that run as deep as the City’s sewers. Everyone is hiding something and nothing is as it seems. A cult escapee. A corrupt politician. A struggling airline. A multi-million dollar public-private project to revitalize the Lake Templeton waterfront. How are they all connected? 

As Fati valiantly unravels the knots, another body is found on the shore. Is it the same killer? And can Fati stop them before they strike again?

Purchase Link

US – https://www.amazon.com/Lake-Templeton-Murders-Private-Investigator-ebook/dp/B09KMDQBQ1

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lake-Templeton-Murders-Private-Investigator-ebook/dp/B09KMDQBQ1


The Review: I reviewed a book last year that was set in a small town in Western Canada, probably not far from where this one is set. I really enjoyed that book so when this one popped up I couldn’t resist the opportunity.

Murders set in small towns or on islands can have that added sense of drama that comes with a small or isolated setting and this one is no different. Despite the fact that there are transport links to Vancouver and mainland Canada the island the book is set on feels very much a small community where outside interference isn’t welcome.

There’s a lot of questions in this book, people acting suspiciously who may or may not be connected to the reason why a body washes up on shore. It took me a little time to get into the story because Fati is a very direct and no-nonsense character, and there was a lot to investigate and question. However, as the story progressed I got used to Fati and her methods and settled in for what turned out to be a very enjoyable read. There are lots of threads in the story which may or may not be relevant to the death that starts the initial investigation. These threads are dealt with really well, at no point do they get confusing or muddled. There is a lot to investigate and understandably a lot of discoveries are made but it’s always clear what Fati is doing and that makes such a difference in a story that has as many threads as this one.

I grew to like Fati and her methods as the book progressed. She is a character who is very sure of herself and doesn’t take any nonsense from others which is exactly what was needed here. The book is written in the first person which works brilliantly for getting a real understanding of how she feels but also for feeling as if you are alongside her throughout the course of the investigation. I did find it a little overly descriptive in places but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story itself.

I enjoyed spending time with Fati, getting to know her and watching her investigation into something that seemed to just grow the more she dug into it. This book is a great example of crime and deception in a small town environment. I’m looking forward to seeing if there are more mysteries to solve with Fati, in the future.

The Author:

HS Burney writes fast-moving, action-packed mysteries set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and crystalline ocean in West Coast Canada. She loves creating characters that keep you on your toes. A corporate executive by day and a novelist by night, HS Burney received her Bachelors’ in Creative Writing from Lafayette College. A proud Canadian immigrant, she takes her readers into worlds populated by diverse characters with unique cultural backgrounds. When not writing, she is out hiking, waiting for the next story idea to strike, and pull her into a new world. 

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