Thursday, February 25, 2016

Welcome To Lovely (The Lovely Mystery Series #1) by Candace Clark

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Book Information
Genre: Mystery
Series: The Lovely Mystery Series
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1530068584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530068586

Synopsis: Discover what evil lurks in the shadows as Samantha Roberts puts her life in danger, and their love on the line, helping Detective Daniel Drake unravel this mystery..... WELCOME TO LOVELY. 
Lovely is a charming place tucked deep in the Appalachian Mountains. One hot August morning the sleepy little town awakens to the horrific murder of the beautiful, yet troubled, Emily Teller. The killing doesn’t stop with her. 
Putting newly appointed Detective Daniel Drake to the test, the Lovely murders, call into question his promotion, and push his relationship with local television reporter Samantha Roberts to the limits. Nothing is more important to Daniel than catching the killer tormenting his town. At least, that's what he thinks. 
For Samantha Roberts, the Lovely murders are the breaking news story she thought she wanted. An opportunity that could propel her career to the next level, but that would mean leaving Lovely and Daniel behind. Are the murders the wish that becomes a curse? 
While Samantha and Daniel struggle to deal with their professional demons, Lovely’s time as a safe, innocent, small town fades into the hills that protect it from the outside world. 

Review:  Lovely is a fairly typical small town, quiet and peaceful--until the murders start.  Then things get tense for everyone in town, wondering who will be the next victim and who the killer is.  Everything the author writes about this town and its residents reminds me of the small town where I grew up, so that made the story very believable for me.

The main characters, Daniel and Samantha, are very well written and developed. The relationship between them is a very realistic one, and I hope we get to see more of them in future books, to watch the relationship grow. Christopher, the district attorney, is rather creepy and seems to think he is God's gift to women. There are several secondary characters who come into play during the story, some of whom I hope we will get to know better in future installments of the series.

This is a very well-written debut novel, and a fabulous opening for a new series. I can hardly wait to see what other adventures await us in Lovely.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating:  Four stars

About the author
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Candace Clark was born in Ashland, Kentucky, the youngest of three children. After growing up in the small Eastern Kentucky town, Inez, her family moved to Central Kentucky where she finished high school and attended her first two years of college at Transylvania University. Transferring to Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia set Candace on a path that would change her life. Over the course of ten years, she graduated, moved to New York City, attended Parsons School of Design and found her creative voice.

After years of studying design and photography, she finally took to the page unleashing the ramblings of stories, characters, and scenes trapped in her mind. Finding inspiration in reading romance, mystery and suspense novels, she draws inspiration from many sources. When not typing away at her computer, she can be found cooking up some recipe she has undoubtedly altered to suit her family's food sensitivities, crafting with her daughter, or enjoying a peaceful evening with her partner on their secluded farm in Central Kentucky. 

While writing is her passion, her family always comes first. An avid reader, budding blogger and hell of an editor, her daughter is a great help with every story. As in most great love stories her partner, Billy is more than just a supporter, he is a contributor of ideas, plot lines, characters, and one hell of a dialogue whisper, without whom the worlds in her novels would not be the same.

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