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Embellished to Death by Christina Freeburn
Faith Hunter and her boyfriend, Steve Davis, are on their way to a cropping retreat. After a call from a detective, they come across an abandoned car on the side of the road; some of Faith’s personal information is on the front seat. Leaving their friend, Bob, who’s a private investigator, to talk to the police, they arrive at the resort. As they start to unload their trailer, someone tries to run over Faith, but instead, they run over an unknown woman, killing her. Steve and Bob tell her to stay out of the investigation.
Bob is at the retreat to looking for an identity thief among the croppers. Faith has her own problems: a man, claiming to be an FBI agent, is threatening her. He plans to prove that Faith is really behind the death of the woman, as well as a murder her ex-husband framed her for (he’s the one in prison). Faith knows if Steve, her grandmothers, and her friends in Eden find out about her past, she’ll have to leave Eden in shame.
The women running the cropping retreat, Lydia Clement and Martha Smith, are a bit flaky, especially Martha. Lydia says Martha has a drinking problem, and asks Faith to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t fall off the wagon. Martha confides to Faith that she is hiding from an abusive ex-husband who’s a cop. And there’s a strange woman at the retreat who doesn’t really seem to be that interested in cropping. Is she the identity thief, or is she working with the FBI man to frame Faith? Everywhere Faith goes, he’s there, threatening and harassing her.
A confrontation leaves another person dead, and more questions than answers. As Faith barrels toward the thrilling conclusion, she learns a secret that shatters her whole world into pieces. Can she keep her emotions in check long enough to stop a killer? Or will it cost her someone she loves?
I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this series, and I was eager to read the newest addition. Definitely not disappointed! There are plenty of twists and turns with some major surprises I didn’t see coming. As I read the story, I was gasping and yelling at the characters. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. A definite must-read (read the first two before you start this one!)
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