Title: Saving Cecil Author: Lee Mims Published: April 8th 2015 by Midnight Ink Format: Paperback, 336 pages Genre: Mystery Source: Complimentary Copy from NetGalley and Midnight Ink Series: Cleo Cooper #3
When I first started this book, I did not realize that it was the third in a series (Hiding Gladys and Trusting Viktor) so I was understandably confused. For me, there were big relationship holes and it was not until midway through that it was all explained. For the sake of others, if this is your first introduction to the Cleo Cooper series, I suggest that you start at the beginning – that is if the prior books explain Cleo a little better.
Cleo Cooper has been hired to do the geology work on a North Carolina farm to help bring up a gas deposit. While out on a site walk, she comes across the recently deceased body of a young man. A man that has been both shot with a distinctive arrow and stabbed. Thus begins a very dangerous couple of weeks that ends with a bomb on a wellhead and a half million dollar wedding.
Overall, I did not like the book. There was too much thrown in. Was this a book about past angers with the sheriff, a twenty five year old murder cover up, a romance with her ex, an estranged relationship with her father, old hurts, paleontology, geology, the science of drilling, mental health, wild boars or wedding planning?
I understand that Lee Mims is a geologist, but to be honest, that was the least interesting part of the book. Trying to explain drilling for gas and justifying fracking has its place, but this book was not it.