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Great thriller made especially fun by taking place in my home, Columbus. I've been to Highbanks! I've eaten at Starliner Diner! I drive on Bethel and Hudson all the time! But the absolute best part is the Keystone Kult, a perfect send up of Columbus's own homegrown cult, Xenos. Every detail of Keystone is a perfect match to Xenos: starting as a small college newpaper, expanding through ministry houses and home churches, their controlling and abusive treatment of members, even the mysterious drownings. My husband escaped the Xenos cult. After reading an excerpt describing Keystone, he agreed it was a perfect description of Xenos. I rarely have this response to a book, but I would love to talk to Kristen Lepionka. Hello, Columbus Metropolitan Library, please invite this hometown author to speak! This was my first book by Lepionka, but I will definitely be reading the rest of her novels, and highly recommending her to all my Columbus friends!
I love mysteries with flawed protagonists. Roxane Weary, in her fourth book in the series, is a good one. She’s tough and she knows how to solve crimes. When asked by a woman’s daughter to investigate the death of her mother because police see it as an accident, Roxanne follows a train from Toledo to Detroit to Windsor, Canada. The case though, is much easier to solve than her own personal problems. If you like Sara Paretsky, you’ll like this book.
Excellent mystery! Real characters, true dialogue, good plotting.
It’s set in Columbus & Toledo, so Ohio residents will be able to put themselves right within the mystery. Roxane Weary is such a real character, with flaws each of us has, and makes the same mistakes each of us does. That is why she such a good character to follow