Another review from Ellen today, this time for The Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland!
About the book:
Daisy Burns was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events. Everyone loved Daisy. So why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina?
Having read Big Flies by Keith Hirshland I was looking forward to reading The Flower Girl Murder.
Daisy Burns (the flower girl of the title) was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events – why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina? With no witnesses and few leads, Raleigh detective Marc Allen turns to the press for help—specifically, veteran news anchor Lancaster Heart. When Tanner Goochly Jr. a member of a notorious crime family becomes the victim of another point-blank shooting, Allen races to discover the connection between the murders. Could it be that Daisy was somehow involved with an illegal enterprise, or was she hiding something else, another secret to be discovered? As the body count rises the suspect pool is widening. As Allen’s investigation reaches a fever pitch, he realizes that a mother’s choice could have killer consequences.
This is so much more than a story about a murder, it’s about the sleepy town of Raleigh where the murder takes place and how its inhabitants come to terms with the repercussions of the event. Everyone in Raleigh seems to hold a piece of the puzzle and it is up to Marc and Lancaster to make the pieces fit.
I really like the character of Lancaster Heart, an all-round good guy; the addition of his story and engagement to his long term partner Brodie really add some depth and heart to the tale. I also enjoyed the cheeky promotion of Big Flies which happens to be the book Lancaster is reading on a plane journey.
An enjoyable read.