A Lonely Way to Die: A Utah O’Brien Mystery

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I love drama and mysteries, so this was right up my alley. The author gets your attention in the very beginning of the book and then develops the plot at just the right pace leaving you wanting to find out all the secrets of this family and town. Gabe was delightful as was Joko the dog. Utah was intuitive and very perceptive. Jonni made you feel like you were a real part of the investigation as the pieces started to fall together, but also Jonni kept the plot building to the very end. There are some twists which I enjoy. Great read. Enjoy!

Amazon Reader Review

When a stranger dies, secrets come to life …

When she was still in high school, Sonje McCrae left this small Minnesota town, changed her name, and never came back—until now.

Less than twenty-four hours after her return, Utah O’Brien finds the woman’s body under six inches of new snow. The sheriff calls it death by misadventure—a fancy way of saying it’s not his problem.

Utah thinks the sheriff is wrong. For the sake of the two children Sonje left behind, she’s compelled to find out what really happened.

As she and her friends dig into the unlikely details of the woman’s life and death, they uncover some of the town’s most closely guarded secrets—and the most shocking secret of all involves Utah’s own family. Now that she knows, her life will never be the same—but does this discovery have anything to do with the death of Sonje McCrae?

You’ll like this book if you enjoy character-driven mysteries that include dogs who take an active, realistic role in the plot. It’s filled with likable small-town characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

This is the second book in the Utah O’Brien murder Minnesota Mysteries series.

Book Categories: Amateur Sleuth, cozy mystery, Midwest Mystery, and Minnesota Mysteries and Thrillers