Friday, 18 September 2015

The Charlie McClung Mysteries by Mary Anne Edwards

Brilliant Disguise

Mystery and romance rolled up into one story.
The characters are well developed and colourful. 
The descriptions and detail drew me in.
The book was intriguing, well-written, and kept me guessing until the end.














Synopsis:
Detective Charlie McClung no longer finds his job fulfilling and has given up finding that "someone" his granny promised he would find. So he leaves behind the big city and his close-knit family and takes a job in a small town police department in Georgia, resigned to live a quiet life in solitude.

Things change when he meets Marian Selby while investigating the mysterious death of her best friend. But Marian swore never to love again after the death of her husband 11 years ago. What seems to be a suicide turns into a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows.

Can the two of them come to grips with their feelings for each other before the killer closes in on them?



A Good Girl

The second book in the series picks up soon after the first, with another crime and another mystery.It introduces us to Charlie's extended family who were fun and likeable. The introduction of so many new characters was done in such a way as to not overwhelm you.
Each book could be read as a stand-alone mystery because you are not left hanging, but you wouldn't have the background or see the love developing between Charlie & Marian.
Another well-written mystery, although this time I did have the suspect pegged before the end.










Synopsis:
For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family. “Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma” Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl. “Is there anything more fun to read than a book that’s equal parts captivating mystery and charming romance? A GOOD GIRL will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing and will warm you to your bones as Marian and Charlie, meant for each other, race to the end.


The Author:

Mary Anne was born in Mercedes, Texas, but has lived in Georgia most of her life. She has had a variety of experiences in her life. Some were great and some, well let's just say Mary Anne has learned many lessons the hard way.

Mary Anne has been married for nearly 34 years to the most practically perfect man. They enjoy traveling and watching mysteries on TV. Mary Anne is active in Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc., a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.

Although Mary Anne began writing in high school, she didn’t get serious about it until 1999. She writes traditional mysteries that are influenced by some of her favorite authors: Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, and Elizabeth Peters.

Her first book in the Detective Charlie McClung mysteries, “Brilliant Disguise” was released on January 21, 2014. The second book in the series, “A Good Girl," was released on September 23, 2014. The third book in the series, “Criminal Kind," was released on June 30, 2015. Mary Anne is currently working on the fourth book, "Sins of My Youth." There will be six more to follow .



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