Killer in the Heartland

Harlequin Intrigue. (The Scarecrow Murders, Bk. 1). Oct. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781335738110. pap. $5.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
When widower Lucas Maddox needs a nanny to care for his precocious three-year-old, supermarket clerk Mary Curtis seems to be a perfect fit. Her sunny disposition and obvious love for his daughter make her an indispensable addition to his household. But a grisly discovery in his corn field and a series of strange accidents soon have both Mary and Lucas on edge as they begin to wonder what is in more danger: Lucas’s heart or Mary’s life?
VERDICT The pacing of this story feels uneven, since the threats to Mary’s life are resolved quite a bit earlier than her relationship with Lucas. An implausible antagonist and a serial killer that feels more cartoonish than truly terrifying, combine to make this first book in Cassidy’s (Gunsmoke in the Grassland) new series, “The Scarecrow Murders,” a less-than-satisfying read.
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