When a ringer for her long-dead love walks into her life the same day skeletal remains are found at the edge of town, Magpie MacKenzie can’t ignore what the universe is telling her…solve the mystery, or become the next victim.
Lawyer Zack Peartree’s life is orderly and entanglement-free until he visits purportedly haunted Joshua, Arizona, and meets free-wheeling shopkeeper Magpie. Despite experiencing troubling visions and odd moments of déjà vu, Zack’s instantly drawn to Magpie and to the unsolved murder which troubles her so.
Using clues from her father’s past and Zack’s déjà vu moments, Magpie and Zack race to solve the mystery, avoid a murderous fate, and to discover their future…together.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives from Magpie, Zac, & Frank.
This is my 300th book of the year!
I enjoyed Brenda Whiteside’s Love & Murder series and was excited to see her new series, The MacKenzie Chronicles. Set in the small town of Joshua, Arizona this is too sexy to be considered a cozy mystery but has a lot of the same elements I enjoy in those. A tourist who holds a strong resemblance to a young man that disappeared nearly 30 years earlier amidst a murder investigation has the town stirred up.
For Magpie MacKenzie – it’s a whirl of emotions and memories. Zac Peachtree immediately notices the town noticing him, but the connection goes deeper than anyone realizes. While Magpie is 15 years older than Zac, attraction and more zings between them. They work to discover not only who the murderer is but whether they have a connection beyond the mystery. Amateur sleuthing, flashbacks to Joshua’s “hippy days”, and a bit a bit of a mystic element combine to give this a truly unique feel.
Whiteside does a solid job of worldbuilding in a book where the town of Joshua is an integral character as much as its citizens. While we definitely get to know Magpie & her father, Frank – there’s also a glimpse of Magpie’s siblings Harlan and Elidor. Not sure who gets the next book, but I’m looking forward to it.
About the author:
Brenda Whiteside is the author of suspenseful, action-adventure romance. Mostly. After living in six states and two countries–so far–she and her husband have decided they are gypsies at heart. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo while splitting their time between Northern Arizona and the RV life.
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My Favorite Quotes
Maybe the town and the talk of the mystical realm had him intrigued with the mystery surrounding her, but whatever the reasons, Magpie had him hooked. – Secrets of the Ravine by @brendawhitesid2 #Mystery #Romance #SmallTown #MacKenzieChroniclesTweet
As if her energy vibrated within him, he was in tune with her. – Secrets of the Ravine by @brendawhitesid2 #Mystery #Romance #SmallTown #MacKenzieChroniclesTweet
Don’t always trust the rational. – Secrets of the Ravine by @brendawhitesid2 #Mystery #Romance #SmallTown #MacKenzieChroniclesTweet