Title: The Elder
Author: Celia Aaron
Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: February 6, 2018
A shocking murder.
A suspicious son.
A dedicated detective.
In Azalea, Mississippi, the only thing hotter than the summer days are the men of the King family. When the patriarch Randall King is found dead, Detective Arabella Matthews will race the clock to stop the killer from striking again. Benton, the eldest of the King siblings, has to decide if he wants to cooperate with the feisty detective or conduct his own investigation. The more he finds out about his father—and the closer he gets to Arabella—the more he wants to keep her safe. But the killer has different plans . . .
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
In the small town of Azalea, the Kings ruled. Benton, as the eldest took responsibility in keeping the family together. But the shocking murder of the family patriarch shook the family and the town, and Benton was determined to solve the crime by any means necessary.
Arabella Matthews had not been professionally challenged for a while. As a detective, she had her hands full when she led the investigation of the high profile murder. However, as relationship started to become personal, she has to learn to keep objective or risk taking things on dangerous turn.
Benton King had plenty of layers, and only the very topmost one was well-starched and straight-laced. The rest of him was a mystery.
It took me a while for me to feel for Benton. He was rigid and by the book, but that’s not an issue for me. I needed to see his humanity and I’m glad I finally saw it about after about halfway.
“You can’t just walk into my life and fit, just like I couldn’t do that to yours. We are pieces to entirely different puzzles.”
I like how Arabella was dedicated to her job. Still, she was determined not to put her family out of the way.
I like the idea of the story. However, for a storyline with murder mystery, I felt it lacked intrigue and was predictable. The romance aspect took a back seat – which I don’t mind, and was consistent throughout except towards the end when it became too much too soon.
The Elder is a story of uncovering the truth. It would appeal to fans of mystery/suspense with some romantic element.
P.S.: I love Porter. He might be an idiot, but a lovable one lol!
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