This month’s Books & Broads Book Club novel to read was Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt. I was very excited to read this book because it is written by a local author in the DFW area of Texas. One of the book club members had the opportunity to speak with the author, Melissa Lenhardt, and she offered to join our book club this month to discuss the book in more detail. If you happen to be in the DFW area on Friday, April 8th, come join us and meet the author at 11am at the Burleson Public Library.
Now, onto the review. The book, Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt, was full of intrigue, mystery, drama, romance, and some humor. I was pleasantly surprised that the book had so many facets to it as I read the novel. The storyline is set in a small Texas town and follows the Chief of Police, Jack McBride. A big city ex-FBI agent turned small town cop, Jack found his first day on the job dealing with a murder-homicide.
You may think I am giving away the whole storyline, but this is just the beginning. Throughout the novel, the author managed to take a simple scene of interaction between two characters and create a new element of intrigue in the storyline. All the characters were well-rounded and easy to like or dislike.
The flow of the story was smooth in transitioning from one scene to the next. I found myself anticipating the next move by each character and amazed at the twist that move turned into. There is some parts of the storyline that are predictable, such as how Jack’s son, Ethan, would react or respond in his teen-angst mindset, but it did not take away from the overall experience of reading the book.
You have your typical arch-enemy storyline between the new and former chief of police, but it had a new flavor to it. The “bad guy” was a very likeable person to all the residents of Stillwater and as the information unfolds you start seeing the tarnish on the shiny image of the former police chief and residents of Stillwater, Texas.
The only fault I would find with the book was how it ended. The ending was on a cliffhanger (this is the first book in a series) that left the reader a bit put out. I personally love cliffhangers, but many do not care for them. I think the author could have concluded the storyline with the same effect without the cliffhanger and still give the full impact she was wanting to give.
I give Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt 5 out of 5 Bookmarks. Go out and grab yourself a copy. For those who do not like cliffhangers, don’t fret, she has the second book in the series scheduled to be released later in the year. Happy Reading, Dear Bloggites!