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Review for The Dead of Autumn (Piper Blackwell #5)


Blurb: The green fairy never made it to the Halloween party.


The costumed teen’s gruesome murder sends ripples of fear through Piper Blackwell’s rural Indiana jurisdiction.


Investigating the crime plunges the young sheriff and her top detective into a monstrous underworld.


Can the battle-hardened duo survive the trip into the dark heart of “idyllic” Spencer County?


And will they find the killer before more lives are destroyed?


Review: Sheriff Piper Blackwell's Halloween just got scarier. Two teens in steampunk costumes dead from crossbow quarrels. But who would have a motive to kill a couple who had their whole bright future ahead of them? Piper can't get the murders out of her head. She works with her top detective, Basil to peel back the layers and try to discover who the killer is. Yet delving into that dark world could be the death of her.


This is my favorite book so far of the thrilling cop mystery series, Piper Blackwell. The reader is drawn in immediately as Piper starts to investigate the murder with a body of a costumed teen found in a ditch. Every detail could be important, and Piper has a fine eye for them. Working with Basil adds another layer of expertise, and I think the two of them complement each other well as they work together. It helps drag me deeper into the story that the setting is rural Indiana in Spencer County, as I live not too far from there. It's highly accurate in the descriptions with how life is there. The murder was a fun ride, and while I did guess the one part that was bugging Piper, it didn't spoil the plot for me. I also thoroughly enjoyed everything happening on the side. I loved Zeke researching the bones found in the attic of his fellow dispatcher's new fixer upper, and Piper struggling with being sheriff and wanting to be pretty when she got married and have a romantic honeymoon. Heck, being in love at all when her job is so dangerous. I was completely absorbed in the story, and I will definitely be picking up the next one.


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H.R. Sinclair
H.R. Sinclair
Nov 10, 2022

Sounds wonderful!

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Elizabeth Hartman Seckman
Elizabeth Hartman Seckman
Nov 08, 2022

Sounds good. I need to read more mysteries.

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