Another Review of a Tami Hoag Novel, Secrets To The Grave

SecretsI love this series! The second in the Oak Knoll series has all the elements I enjoy in a police procedural: painstaking and plodding detectives sifting through the evidence, half-truths from witnesses and family, and then there’s me, reading and trying to help put the pieces together. Tami Hoag is great at describing the mundane yet meticulous routine of police work in a way that moves the story along and has the reader guessing to the end.

Secrets To The Grave not only delves into the savage murder of a single mother and the attempted murder of her daughter and her friend, but mentions the person arrested in the first book in the series, Deeper Than The Dead, and the upcoming trial. Hoag brings back Anne Navarre, a teacher and central character in book one as well as one of the children, Wendy Morgan, who played a prominent role in the first book and is woven into this story. As I read the book I felt as if I were coming home to be with family and friends.

FBI agent Vince Leone, now retired, and Detective Tony Mendez work together to find a killer, only known as Bad Daddy by the victim’s 4-year-old daughter. The investigation takes them in to the world of art, music, and into the home of one of the town’s wealthiest residents. Trying to put together the chain of events that lead to the brutal slaying, it takes them a while before they find a motive. Then they find there are secrets and more than one motive with an investigation that has suspects coming from all directions.

The end-of-the-story secret is safe with me; suffice it to say this is an enjoyable, moderately fast read with characters that have so much life breathed into them they practically leap from the pages. I’m on the search for book three, Down The Darkest Road. Until then, keep reading!


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