Image of The Sleuth's Miscalculation (The Librarian Sleuth Book 1)

THE SLEUTH’S MISCALCULATION

Image of The Sleuth's Miscalculation (The Librarian Sleuth Book 1)

The first of Johnson’s new series is a fun read and captures the feel of small town Oregon, where everyone knows everything about each other, and a newcomer showing up is a big deal. However, while the The Sleuth’s Miscalculation tries hard to add suspense to the mystery with words and phrasing, the suspense just isn’t there. It feels pushed on the reader, instead of being the reader’s natural response to the novel. Despite this, it is an entertaining story that reads quickly and readers will enjoy.

When Carter Malone moved with his nephew to Tipton, Oregon, he expected a break from dangerous criminals. However, it seems that even small towns have their problems, and he is quickly assigned to a case alongside the department’s consultant and sheriff’s daughter, Nancy Daley. Someone is stealing license plates, breaking into homes and leaving no clues. As the threats against Nancy begin, they realize they are up against more than a small-time thief and must catch the perpetrator before someone gets hurt … or worse. (MOUNTAIN BROOK INK, Jun., 205 pp., $9.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sarah Frobisher