Rattlesnake Hill

Encircle. (Berkshire Hilltown, Bk. 1). Feb. 2018. 318p. ISBN 9781893035812. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781893035836. M
OrangeReviewStarWhen Kathryn Stinson arrives in the small town of New Nottingham in western Massachusetts, she's looking for answers to a family mystery. Who was the beautiful woman in a portrait an ancestor brought with him to California over a century ago? She soon identifies the woman, but the locals won't reveal much about the tragic story of a shooting and a romantic triangle. Kathryn rents a house associated with a more recent tragedy and falls for a backwoods local man with a gift for words. But jealousy and secrets lead Kathryn into danger.
VERDICT The author of the "Miranda Lewis Living History" mysteries (Murder at Sprouters Point) launches an atmospheric series set in the Berkshires. Her vivid descriptions in this intricately plotted novel will remind readers of Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachian-set tales or Phyllis A. Whitney's romantic suspense novels with their strong sense of place.
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