RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Lorna: On her Father's Grave (Rogue River #1) by Kendra Elliot (@KendraElliot , @Mollykatie112)

on her fathers graveIn a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.
Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.
In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.

Authors Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh are writing a four novella series, and this is the first one in that series. Melinda Leigh will write the next one, and so on. It’s an interesting concept, and it will be fun to see how it all plays out. I think Ms. Elliot has a winner with this mystery/romance.
Stevie Taylor has just moved back to her hometown of Solitude, after a ten year absence. Her father, the police chief, has just died, so she decides to stay, and gets hired by the police department. Since she was a LA based police officer, she has the experience to do so. She has a big family that lives there, and she misses them. The night before her first day, she is called to the death scene of a teenage boy. New police chief, Zane, is pretty much attracted to her immediately.
This was a short read, as usual with any novella, but I didn’t think it suffered, due to it’s length. Stevie was pretty fully realized by the author, as a good cop, one that went through some bad experiences in LA. Not only is she a good cop, but she is also just a good, caring person, one that is grieving for her father. Zane is a smart, and honorable man, one that knows a good thing(Stevie)when he sees one. But he is her boss, so…
The mystery was well realized, and of course written. Could it have been more intricate? Of course, but since it was a novella, that goes with the territory. How does a healthy teenage boy die without a mark on him, in sight of most of his friends? Drugs? Or was he murdered? That’s just one of the questions here. Another one would be, why is everyone interested in her father’s journals? What’s been going on in this small town since she’s been away?
I enjoyed this short read, and found it very easily read, and I got pulled into the story just like I would have with a regular sized novel. There’s still more mystery to be had here, so I am looking forward to reading the rest in this series. I recommend this to probably ages 15 plus, no sexual situations, but there is violence.
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