Act Two (Magnolia Steele Mystery #2) by Denise Grover Swank #Review


coverFor as long as Magnolia Steele can remember, the past has had its hooks in her. Her time as a Broadway actress in New York City was an escape that ended in public humiliation, but now that she’s back home in Franklin, Tennessee, she’s feeling the grip of the two incidents that stole her innocence. The first was the disappearance of her father when she was a teen, who left home for a meeting and never came back. The other incident…well, her memories have returned, but it’s best left where it belongs—in the past.

Hoping for closure, Magnolia decides to look into her daddy’s cold case. Though the town gossips are convinced he ran away with his client’s wife and money, she has always suspected foul play. Talking to a few of his old acquaintances seems harmless enough—until the man she’s arranged to meet turns up dead. There’s evidence someone murdered him to keep him quiet, and she realizes that whatever conspiracy her father was mixed up in is far from over; it’s entering its second act.

If Magnolia keeps digging, she’s not sure she can trust her own momma to help her, let alone her new friends and the police detective who’s eager to woo her, but after years of running, she’s ready to stand her ground.

5 stars

Act Two was worth the wait. We got more answers than I anticipated…

Magnolia was once again thrown into a murder investigation and she was at a loss of who to trust and the farther she delved into the past the more confused she became. It was obvious that everyone she spoke with wanted her to let sleeping dogs lie. Of course when you get a stubborn southern woman you know that can’t happen.

She is still being pulled between two men, Colt and Brady, although I personally wouldn’t consider it a love triangle even if they both have feelings for Magnolia, one has made it apparent and I still don’t about the other. Although, we still don’t know if should trust them, or who we can really trust. It seems everyone in this town has a secret that they want to take to their grave.

If you love mystery with a dash of romance along with murder and high stakes situations you will enjoy this book.

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