Frankie is a shy veteran returning to her hometown after serving in Afghanistan. She doesn’t want recognition for her medals, only a job, and an old friend helps her get one as an EMT. With her rescued dog, she moves into a duplex containing disturbing remnants leftover from the previous tenant. When her dog finds the previous tenant’s dog lying shot in the woods, Frankie suspects foul play. When it becomes apparent her duplex was the scene of a murder, Frankie and her now two rescue dogs find a safe haven in her grandmother’s old house, leased by the new county sheriff. But that doesn’t stop trouble from coming, and while racing across the countryside to aide others in distress, Frankie becomes the target for a murderer.
In several novels lately about returning female soldiers, authors have gone so overboard trying to make their heroines tough, they masculinize them to the point they are no longer engaging. Frankie, however, is an appealing character, worrying not just over her mental wounds, but how her physical ones will appear to others. By the end of the book it becomes apparent, though, that with help of her two lovable mutts, Frankie can take care of herself. The author is to be praised for her sensitive and realistic portrayal of a returning veteran in this page-turning mystery.
Lots of characters to keep up with, but also lots of suspects. This one will keep you guessing until the end.
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