Short Line to Death

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/05/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Short Line to Death is a short, sharp work of murder mystery fiction penned by author Molly Flewharty. Set in the quirky crossover between urban and small-town mystery, via the prominent bus service which is a main feature of the novel, this engaging tale begins when Madeline Williams seeks solace in Cross Keys, PA to escape her messy divorce. Commuting back to New York City is already the stuff of nightmares, but when she witnesses a murder on the bus itself, she becomes central to an investigation by the local chief of police, Billy West. So begins a tense and fascinating mystery, backed by compelling personal drama.

Balancing an emotional storyline of a woman reassessing her life alongside a tense and interesting small-town murder mystery is no easy feat, but author Molly Flewharty has a talent for pacing to give you just the right amount of both. Madeline is a truly relatable character with plenty of pathos and heart at the novel’s opening, her displacement from the city and newness in Cross Keys palpable on every page. So when things begin to change for her and she gets to know her new surroundings, their inhabitants and non-big-city ways, the character development is superb to engage with. The mystery itself is also unpredictable but meticulously well-plotted, giving clues that keen readers can preempt, but also some surprises along the road. Overall, Short Line to Death comes highly recommended for mystery fans seeking realistic characters, credible plotlines and a superb emotional journey for their heroines.