The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

Book - 2016
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"Nonie Blake is back home from a mental institution where she has spent the last twenty years, and people in Jarrett Creek are worried. Maybe too worried, for within a week of her return, Nonie is murdered. Chief Samuel Craddock thinks the only possible suspects are members of her tight-lipped family. Ever since Nonie tried to kill her sister when she was fourteen and was sent away to the institution, the family has kept to itself. Clues are scarce and Craddock is stumped. So he checks with therapists at the mental hospital to see whether they can add anything useful to his investigation. But he discovers that she has not been there for ten years. Now Craddock has to find out where Nonie has been all this time. Soon Craddock finds himself dealing not only with murder, but layers of deception and secrets, and in the midst of it all a new deputy, one Maria Trevino, sent by the sheriff to beef up security in the small Texas town"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, ©2016
ISBN: 9781633881204
Branch Call Number: SHAMES
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 25, 2017

I began this mystery because it was nominated for a "Lefty" award for Best Mystery at Left Coast Crime 2017 which was just held in Honolulu. I was immediately taken into the small town setting of Jarrett Creek, Texas. One of the aspects I enjoyed the most was the self talk or inner thoughts of Police Chief Samuel Craddock. The way in which the author allows the reader to hear/read what Craddock is thinking; I really like being inside his head. The author places these thoughts within dialogue, so it appears that Craddock may be filtering himself due to Southern politeness or perhaps investigative protocol. There were some good plot twists, and the author includes a red herring or two. Quite enjoyable. I would recommend giving it a try.

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