Happy to be participating in another book tour this week, but this time it's for a mystery novel. I was definitely in the mood for a good mystery, so this came at a great time. The Girl on Wildfire Ridge is the fourth installment in the Detective Kay Sharp series, written by Leslie Wolfe.
About The Girl on Wildfire Ridge:
Her face, beautiful even in death, gazed open-eyed at the azure sky. Her brown, silky hair fanned around her head, bringing out the pallor of her skin. Her lips were slightly parted as if she was still breathing, as if she was whispering her goodbyes.
On a hot summer’s day, the sleepy town of Mount Chester is thrown into turmoil when seventeen-year-old local girl Jenna goes missing. Within hours, the case takes an agonizing turn when her body is discovered in the isolated mountains.
Detective Kay Sharp rushes to the scene, hiking for miles to the base of Wildfire Ridge. From the markings on Jenna’s body, it’s clear that she was brutally murdered. Near the victim, Kay finds a butterfly-shaped hair clip with a set of fingerprints that could be a vital clue.
In the hunt for the truth, Kay turns the small town upside down. She learns that Jenna changed dramatically over the past months, no longer the popular girl who always wore a smile on her face. Kay is certain whatever happened to Jenna recently must be the key to her death.
When forensics from the butterfly hair clip comes back, the fingerprints don’t match Jenna’s. Then Kay makes a breakthrough that turns her blood to ice. Jenna was in contact with someone linked to Kay’s own past—and the secret she has spent the last sixteen years burying. If the truth comes out, it could destroy her.
With the clock ticking, and every minute critical, Kay is up against the toughest case of her career. Can she risk everything to confront the past she has been running from, and save another innocent girl before it’s too late?
The Girl on Wildfire Ridge solved all my current mystery needs. I wanted a fairly fast paced thriller that wasn't too easy to solve or too "cute" like a cozy mystery and the novel definitely provided that. The mystery continued throughout the book without dropping major clues as to who killed Jenna, giving the reader several potential options.
I really liked the character of Kay Sharp and want to know much more about her history and back story. I plan to go back to read the first three books in the series, but I'll definitely be adding future installments to my list too. I want to see what happens in the future for Kay, besides solving more crimes.
Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in science, technology, and psychology. Her engaging writing style and addictive story lines have made Leslie one of the most read authors in the genre.
Leslie Wolfe lives in Florida with her husband, "the Wolfe," and their dog. She enjoys engaging with her readers every day, exchanging emails and Facebook postings.
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