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Book Review: Mystery

Posted on Nov 26, 2017 |

Under the Shadows by Gwen Florio



Once again, Florio delivers an outstanding mystery with a heart-pounding ending.

The character Lola Wicks has been felled by the death of a loved one. A white woman who married into a Native American Indian family, Lola has the support of the “aunties”—the women on the reservation who come together, especially in times of crisis. But they, and Lola’s coworker Jan, have decided it’s time that she moves on with her life and takes better care of her eight-year-old daughter, Margarette. It’s a social worker threatening to remove Margarette from Lola’s custody that compels her to take a fluff piece about overseas adoption. Lola leaves her small-town Montana life to go to the comparatively big-town of Salt Lake City in the heart of Mormon country.

Initially, Lola wants to get out of writing the article, but when the teenager at the center of the story is accused of murder, things start to get interesting. Lola can’t help herself, the reporter in her has to follow every lead. The clues even lead her to Vietnam. As with all Florio’s books, the characters are well-drawn and compelling, including the setting as character. Here, Lola tries to adjust to Mormon culture, meaning her beloved caffeine is not on the menu. Alcohol? I don’t think so. Also, Vietnam and its differences, particularly since she doesn’t speak the language.

Lola Wicks is a phenomenally likeable heroine. She eschews dresses and dress shoes. Rather, her closet is filled with gym shoes is various states of disrepair and hiking boots. I love Lola and I love this book.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES MARCH 8, 2018.

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