Title: Jed Had to Die
Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 5/5 stars
“The happiest day of Payton Lambert’s life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.
Upon her return, she sees that Leo Hudson, the scrawny boy who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep, is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he’s wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton…along with half the town. In a place where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she’s only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she’s keeping.
When you’ve been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can’t stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that…Jed had to die.” (description from Goodreads)
Tara Sivec is one of my favorite authors that I discover in the last few years. And it seems that with each book she writes, she keeps herself near the top of that list. Jed Had to Die is no exception.
I already consider Sivec to be a master of her own brand of comedy. What she is also good at is throwing light mystery in the mix. She did it in her Fool Me Once series, and does it again in this book. But I think I may have enjoyed this one even more. I loved the gossipy small town setting of Bald Knob, the characters who couldn’t stop making me laugh if they wanted to, and I couldn’t resist the strong presence of coffee throughout.
On top of all this is the mystery of who killed Jed. While the focus may switch between this and the romance, there’s just the right amount of suspense until the reader sees the case to the end. There’s a great mix of genres in this story and I couldn’t get enough.
I hope Sivec continues to write in this genre, because I’ll be jumping at the chance to read everything she writes in it in the future.
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(RELEASES NOVEMBER 3, 2016)
About the Author:
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
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