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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Raven’s Cry is the first installment in the Wynter Island Mystery series by Kim Herdman Shapiro. Journalist Kate Zoë Thomas leaves Afghanistan after avoiding a kidnapping attempt. However, she returns home to find her boyfriend, Daniel, cheating on her, which is more heartbreaking than the kidnapping attempt in a war-torn country. So Kate does what any woman would do; she packs her bags and moves to Wynter Island, where she starts her job as a station manager at a TV network. The job promises to be the boring distraction she needs, but things change quickly when she finds Daniel’s body at the beach. Unfortunately, Kate is the prime suspect, and the local police are not holding back. But Kate isn’t ready to back down just yet. As she investigates the murder, Kate realizes there are many secrets about Wynter Island that she knows nothing about. Will she uncover the mystery behind Daniel’s death in time?
It was not the whodunit story I expected; The Raven’s Cry was far better than my expectations. Wynter Island was a mystery, and I knew something was fishy about the place before Kate realized it. Kim Herdman Shapiro does a great job of creating a small-town environment. From Fish Bingo to gossip, Shapiro nails it all perfectly. I love how smart Kate is; she quickly picks up on things. She is observant, that’s for sure, and it works perfectly for her in the end. The mystery behind Daniel’s murder is electric. All my guesses as to what happened were wrong, and I had to wait until the end, where Shapiro explains everything. I loved Jupiter, the dog, and his connection with Kate. He was her only source of comfort, and their bond was terrific. The narrative style is fantastic and flowed gorgeously. The pace is perfect, and the scenes were descriptive enough to transport me right next to Kate as she solved the murder. Highly recommended!