Monday, August 20, 2012

Bleeding Through-Sandra Parshall

Bleeding Through:

Sandra Parshall

Poisoned Pen, Sep 4 2012, $24.95

ISBN 9781464200298

In Mason County, Virginia, veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger live together in an old farmhouse. The pair accompanied by two-dozen teenagers is picking up trash on a rural roadside when they find a corpse inside a plastic. One of the students seventeen year old Megan Beecher realizes the victim is her missing sister in law school student Shelley.

Tom investigates the murder of Shelley, which he thinks ties back to her legal efforts to free convicted murderer Vince Lankford for beating to death Brian Hadley. Meanwhile, Rachel’s frightened sister Michelle the psychiatrist has fled her Maryland home and DC office to hide from a persistent stalker in her sibling’s Virginia farmhouse. Michelle’s husband Kevin says there is no one after his wife; knowing her sister’s phobic dependencies and trepidations Rachel agrees with her brother-in-law until the stalking turns on her affirms even the paranoid can sometimes be right.

The latest Rachel Goddard mystery (see Under the Dog Star) is a strong thriller with two fabulous cases. Tom works the law student murder with his assumption being either Hadley’s family killed Shelley or her premise that Lankford is innocent is right and the real murderer silenced her. At the same time Rachel tries to keep her sister safe starting with Michelle’s mental state to the realization there really is a stalker. Both scenarios are super as Sandra Parshall provides a fabulous mystery.

Harriet Klausner

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