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Title: The Last Thing She Said
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publication date: July 22, 2019
Page count: 386
“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again.
For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!
The story starts with a seemingly normal conference, where seven year old Chris Matheson meets Mercedes Livingston, gets a signed copy of her book, and hears the last thing she said – she’s working on the greatest mystery ever.
Forty years later, the Matheson family’s friend Shannon Blakely dies, presumably of natural causes. And here’s where the mystery starts. She leaves behind a cryptic letter to Chris, containing a mystery he must solve, a cold case that happened forty years ago.
The characters are all well-developed and the plot is intricately woven, like a very detailed spiderweb. Every single detail is relevant to the plot, and is explained thoroughly by the end. There are stolen identities, unraveled connections and hidden motives everywhere.
This book is a fast-paced thriller, with every page full of evidence and circumstance, no scene is just a filler here. I suggest that you read this book in one sitting, because there are many characters and many hidden connections that will make your head spin.
All in all, it’s a wonderful thriller that will have you feverishly turning the pages to get to the bottom of the mystery. There are several red herrings, unexpected twists, and no one is who they seem to be.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.