Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Minotaur Books
Released on November 12, 2019
Casey, Eric, and the other residents of isolated Rockton get slammed once again with new town and council intrigue, a rogue US Marshal getting murdered on their doorstep, and still recovering from the last mess the council got them into. I dive into each new installment with eagerness to discover what new mayhem will ensue in these exciting, gritty thrillers.
Watcher in the Woods is the fourth of the Rockton/Casey Duncan series. These really do work best when read in order because of the strong series plot threads tying them to the books before.
Casey and Eric do a clandestine mission to retrieve her sister, April, to perform the intricate surgery Kenny needs after getting shot in the back during the last adventure the Council foisted on them. They still are figuring out what to do with the fall out on that. Casey is off her game around her cold, poised sister and April gives her very little to help until Isobel and Kenny take a hand. But, Casey soon gets caught up in a new investigation that has huge ramifications when a watcher in the woods gets murdered and he claimed to be a US federal marshal looking for a deadly fugitive. Is he telling the truth? Does it matter when so many of the town have reason to fear such a person? The pressure is back on as she turns over more of the town’s secrets to get at the truth.
Each book adds new insight into the Council, the town’s secrets, and even to the secrets that are out in the wild around them. Getting answers only ramps up the suspense which I love. There is a great deal of investigating mixed with action scenes in this one, but I do love how the author weaves in moments when the focus is on Casey’s interactions that now include her older sister and the deepening romance with Eric. I love the depth that brings to an already well-developed story.
The mystery has way too many suspects until certain situations narrow it down. I love seeing how they improvise to get what they need up in the wilds, but still hold to procedure and justice as much as possible. I liked the nailbiter big scene and the way things left it leading into the upcoming entry in the series.
As usual, I can only praise this series highly and recommend it to all who enjoy thrillers and suspenses of the romantic variety.
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