The Resting Place by B.R. Spangler

The Detective Casey White series is slowly becoming one of my favorite reads.  It all started with an ARC of The Lighthouse Girls, and slowly turned into a round of "I must read every single book in the series."  This time, I saw the newest edition and immediately requested it because I don't want to wait longer than I have to.

About The Resting Place:

Out in the field the tall stalks sway in the breeze, hiding a girl lying on the ground as if asleep. But she doesn’t stir when rain falls from the gray sky and lands on her soft cheeks. Her beautiful dark eyes stare up, unseeing, as her blood mingles with the rich brown earth.

When a member of Detective Casey White’s team turns up at her door begging for help, Casey races to find the broken body of twenty-year-old Charlie Robson abandoned in a sunflower field. Yellow petals and broken stalks scatter the ground—and Casey immediately recognizes the red markings all over Charlie’s body as arrow wounds. Heartbroken, Casey vows to find the monster who would hunt Charlie down like this.

Interviewing Charlie’s distraught mother, Casey’s blood turns to ice when she learns about a tight knit group of Charlie’s best friends who once called themselves The Sunflower Girls. They met in archery club and have drifted apart since high school. Casey knows the killer is sending a message with arrows… could the other girls be next?

But as Casey instructs her colleagues to track down the five remaining friends, another girl’s body is found, shot with arrows in her own home. Clutched in her hand is a broken sunflower petal. Turning the house upside down Casey finds a bone-chilling, one-word note: Guilty.

Someone is picking off The Sunflower Girls one by one. But why? Interviewing the four remaining girls, Casey is certain they are hiding a dark secret that stretches back to their school days. Trusting no-one, Casey will have to risk everything to track down a deadly killer… but with her own team keeping secrets too, could the real danger be much closer to home?

My Thoughts:

Once again, B.R. Spangler has written a novel that hooks you until the final page!

This time, Casey and her team are in the middle of a newly discovered case--a body of a young woman, laying in a field of sunflowers, and odd marks that turn out to be from arrows. Investigation discoveries lead to finding out the woman was on the archery team in high school, nicknamed the Sunflower Girls, when another woman's body is found, also a teammate. Casey and company must work to find the killer and protect the remaining archery team members before the killer finds them first.

Spangler has brought back the main cast of characters and done an amazing job furthering their stories and backgrounds of the team. The mystery is on point with several twists and turns before finding the actual killer. Discovering more about Casey, Jericho, Tracey, Nichelle, et al. really helps build onto the series.  While I ended up reading the books in the wrong order, reading them in the right sequence would only add to the stories.

Author Biography:

B.R. Spangler is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Mysteries and Crime Thrillers. 

A resident of Virginia with a wonderful family, including five cats, two birds and a lizard. During the day, the hours are filled with engineering work. Off hours, time is spent writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story. 

With too many stories to write, books are split across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction. 

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