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When Push Comes to Shoot
Emma Hunter’s tyrannical brother deserved to die, even if the manner of his murder was horror-movie gruesome. As a police lieutenant, she’s duty-bound to provide whatever assistance she can in hunting down her brother’s killer, but she doesn’t mourn his loss. Business acquaintances, former friends, and even his relatives agree the world is better off without the despicable bully.
With no clues and too many suspects, it looks like the murderer might be home free—until tenacious Detective Jared Jones' suspicions turn to Emma’s sweet sister-in-law. Emma knows for a fact that her brother’s mentally and emotionally abused wife is innocent, but conflicting loyalties prevent her from speaking up and turning the investigation in the right direction. What’s best for her brother’s widow could cost Emma everything she values—her career, her reputation, even her freedom.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2023
This thriller is everything you expect from one. It has a great plot and a few twist and turns to keep you guessing. I loved the writing of the widow character. Always ambivilant and hard the gauge. Her character seemed so realistic because she wasn't one dimensional or predictable. Her manner changed as and when needed and the strength she showed was indicative of the strong bond and faith she held with the church, her priest and God. Emma's character is much more disturbing. And I can't give too much away about why, but you're certainly left perplexed, but again, realistically so. You feel for the detectives on the case. With no real evidence, witnesses, motive or weapon, they have an impossible job, but where most may leave alone, they push forward. Which seems overly harsh, but then it seems they have a plan too. Great story.
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022
Lt. Emma rushed over to the scene of the crime that involved her estranged brother. Although her brother was a ruthless bastard, she knew that her saintly sister-in-law would never kill him. But how to prove it?
Well-written and captivating! A riveting mystery from start to finish! It holds your interest and keeps you guessing, and, just when you think you have it figured out, something new comes up. It was especially fascinating how the characters showed their true feelings of the victim—with malevolence and hate. Any one of them had reason to do it. Anyone was capable of murder…when push comes to shoot.
Who killed Don?
This mystery was so engrossing that you eat up every, single page. Although the ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I found this story to be a thrilling ride all the way through. A recommended read!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2023
This book is the best kind of thriller. It keeps you guessing right to the very end. Full of excellent characters you love and some you love to hate.
It would make a great movie.