Creekside Gamble

Fiction - Mystery - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2021
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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

Creekside Gamble by Susan Davis Herring is an exciting novel that tells the story of animal-lover Dr. Karen Henderson, an English Professor at Oakdale College, and her friend Joel Jordan, artist and photographer. Karen discovers some discarded documents that she shares with Dr. Charlene Watson, an accounting professor, to figure out what the documents are all about as she suspects they may contain evidence of gambling and illegal dog fights. Sheriff Ron Clayton has made it his business to end the dog fights with the help of Deputy Tommy Bradshaw. An investigation leads to Brad Sutter, one of the county’s VIPs. This well-known investment advisor is active in community groups. Investment counselor George Anderson becomes their prime suspect when he is linked to dog thief Willie Covington. As the investigation continues, Karen and her friends realize that their lives may be in danger when they receive an unexpected visit during a dinner at one of their homes.

I would recommend Creekside Gamble to any person who is looking for a mystery novel. I enjoyed the descriptive writing, interesting characters and small-town theme, and the scenes when Karen goes out on her canoe, which are so well written that the reader would want to take up canoeing as a sport. For example: “As she played in the current, she felt the tension from the past few days melt away, loosening her muscles and relaxing her mind, allowing her to focus on the water and feel the boat and the paddle as part of herself.” The plot is well thought out, and the story is well constructed with a smooth flow. I also enjoyed the suspenseful way in which the story develops. There are no negative aspects to this story. Creekside Gamble by Susan Davis Herring is an easy, relaxing read with no mature content and is suitable for all ages. An awesome story!

Trudi LoPreto

The star of Creekside Gamble by Susan Davis Herring is Karen, a 50ish English college professor who will not let up until she finds the answers, even if it puts her in danger. Charlene is an accounting professor, and the friend Karen enlists to help solve the mystery. Chuck is Charlene’s new boyfriend, who also adds his hand to the puzzle. Joel is out watching and photographing a hawk family for most of the story, but always seems to appear when Karen needs him most. The mystery begins at an illegal dumpsite where some mutilated dogs have mysterious remains and a bunch of confusing business ledgers resembling betting sheets. Karen, Charlene, and Chuck set out to find answers.

Creekside Gamble by Susan Davis Herring was an interesting mystery with many extra elements thrown in for readers’ entertainment. I found myself getting involved in the story. I was really sad to come to the end of Creekside Gamble as I wanted to continue learning more about Karen’s story. There are twists and turns as the story continues and life-threatening danger before the answers are found. The plot offers excitement, drama, romance, and mystery in Creekside Gamble and it got my attention from page one and never let up. Susan Davis Herring has a gift for writing a mystery story that will keep you from your chores and up past your bedtime. Creekside Gamble is a sure-fire winner and should jump to the top of all reading lists.

Pikasho Deka

Creekside Gamble is an absorbing crime mystery drama written by Susan Davis Herring. English professor Karen Henderson is a middle-aged woman who enjoys her quiet life in the countryside with her two cats. But her humdrum life turns upside down when her friend and neighbor Joel Jordon discovers bodies of dead dogs and bags filled with spreadsheets at an illegal dumpsite in the nearby creek. Determined to solve the mystery, Karen and her friend Charlene soon embark on a quest to uncover a dangerous dogfighting ring and an illegal gambling operation that puts their lives in danger. As Charlene becomes closer to a man named Chuck Holder, Karen encourages Charlene to question Chuck about his company's links to illegal gambling operations. However, they must be careful as they come across hardcore criminals.

Author Susan Davis Herring's concise and well-paced crime drama is filled with suspense and thrilling moments that keep you entertained all the way through. Fans of sleuth stories or detective novels will breeze through Creekside Gamble. The characters are salt of the earth people that you may meet across small towns and villages. Karen is a kind-hearted yet strong-willed woman who is easy to root for, and her friendship with Charlene provides a perfect foil to their dynamic. Her relentless drive to uncover the mystery and lay bare the truth is the sole reason the perpetrators are investigated, and it makes for a compelling character arc. I had a wonderful time reading Creekside Gamble. I would recommend it to mystery lovers.