Aimee Gilchrist introduces an interesting new heroine with this debut cozy mystery. Helen Harding is one unique young woman. She is throuroughly honest to the point of abruptness and I found it endearing that while she refused to apologize for her flaw she seemed to dwell on it a lot and see herself as less than a good person. Aodhagan MacFarley is an amazingly interesting man. I love how as every little piece was revealed about him as if he were some kind of mysterious onion being revealed layer by layer. He was probably the most fascinating hero I've met in a long time. I adored the quirky characters in this story however I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and I believe I was left with more questions than answers. I'm looking forward to the next adventure if only to see if some of my concerns will be relieved.
Helen Harding finds herself with another broken engagement and she has to get away from her everyday life. When her aunt Penny requests a visit to Texas Helen thinks it's perfect and finds herself a little town far from the glamorous lifestyle she's used to leading and that isn't the worst part. Someone has killed Penny and now they are after Helen as she finds herself and the local lawman looking for the murderer.
Helen Harding is a genius at picking losers. Her exes run the gamut from merely lazy to legitimately criminal, making all the stops in between. After her fourth, and absolutely final, fiancé is carted off to prison for making time with the underage honeys, Helen is mortified and desperate to get out of town. The perfect solution seems to be a last minute call to arms from her aunt Penny, a beer swigging chain smoker from backwoods Texas who has three-inch press-on nails, a love of men from truck stops, and a life or death problem...that, unfortunately, ends in death before Helen even has a chance to arrive.
Helen believes in atonement—or maybe it's revenge. Either way, she owes it to Penny to find out who ended her life in violence. Much to the annoyance of the local volunteer sheriff, Aodhagan MacFarley—who Helen is most definitely not getting involved with no matter how hot he may look in his fitted suit and polished wingtips. With or without his help, Helen vows to tracks a trail of suspects who may have more than one foul deed to account for. As the days drag on, the nights heat up, and the danger grows closer, if Helen isn't careful, she may just end up six feet under and the latest casualty of Birdwell, Texas!