FATAL FALL: A Lori Reynolds Mystery
by Teresa A. LaRue
FATAL FALL: A Lori Reynolds Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (September 28, 2017)
Paperback: 220 pages
Digital ASIN: B076YJNVCY
Lori Reynolds thought she’d never return to the home where she spent her teenage years, but her sister Kay’s death from a fall down a staircase, changes all that. Having recently spoken with her sister on the phone, and knowing how worried Kay had been about all the strange things happening in her house, Lori suspects that her sister’s fall was anything but an accident and she resolves to investigate. Now that she has arrived for Kay’s funeral, she is caught up in the very family battles that she had tried to avoid when she left seven years ago. From Kay’s husband, Trevor, to his daughter from a previous marriage, Selena, to Lori’s first love and now Selena’s husband, Marc, to Trevor’s brother, Derek, to Selena’s grandmother, to Trevor and Kay’s daughter, Amber, the tension runs high. Then it really explodes when Trevor’s first wife, Jocelyn, decides to make an appearance. Did any of these family members have a motive strong enough to kill Kay? And if so, what was it? Kay moves closer and closer to the truth behind her sister’s fatal fall.
My thoughts: So sorry late my internet was down but here we go:
Lori knows Kay would never just fall and die she thinks someone murder her and goes back to her home town to find out what happened and by whom. She comes back into family issues that have everyone going around and around. She knows with everything going on she is in danger of herself being next.
Lori comes off as pushy and I guess I would be too if I had a sister dying and the whole family secrets and all. I was surprised but some of the characters and the way Marc stays with Selena I am shocked as the way she is coming across in the book.
I enjoyed the way Lori figured it out. There are some twists you might not see coming until later after you think about the story.
A great read.
FATAL FALL: BEHIND THE SCENE
I love reading! Especially mysteries. So, when I decided to try my hand at writing, the mystery genre seemed like the perfect fit. Since I don’t know much about forensics (besides what I see on TV) and I have no experience dealing with law-enforcement (thank goodness), I decided cozy mysteries would be the ideal place to start.
The idea behind Fatal Fall was simple. What if the main character knew her sister was murdered, but no one believed her? Even the police think her death was an accident, but maybe they wouldn’t be so quick to rule her death an accident if they knew the family as well as she did.
Since I wanted the story to take place in an isolated spot, I chose an old Greek Revival mansion surrounded by woods, with its own private beach. A place where all kind of sinister things could happen. Like a fatal fall down the stairs that everyone assumed was an accident.
I needed people to inhabit the place, so I gave Lori, the main character, a nemesis―Selena, her brother-in-law’s daughter, who was always in competition with Lori for her dad’s attention and was the double-crossing, back-stabber who stole the only man Lori had ever loved.
Since novels are built on conflict, I thought―why stop there? I added two brothers, who fight for their parents’ affections; a bitter, old man, who blames his son-in-law for his daughter’s troubles; a mother who warns Lori to leave things alone; an ex-wife who pops in to cause trouble. . . not to mention all the secrets each one brings to the mix.
Uncovering those secrets is no easy task. The more Lori digs, the more danger she encounters. And to make matters worse, the man she used to know―is counting on to help her uncover the truth―has suddenly developed a nasty temper.
Of course, there are always lots of twists and turns in any mystery. So I gave one of the characters a premonition about Lori’s death, then I stuck her on an island and let the killer make his move.
But solving the murder can’t be the only storyline. There’s this little thing called subplots, which add texture to the story. They often revolve around problems and relationships in the character’s ordinary life. In this case, I decided Lori and Selena needed to work through their adversarial relationship and Marc (Selena’s husband) and Lori needed to deal with the past and move on.
I admit, writing a novel isn’t easy. There’s countless hours of plotting, re-writing, and marketing involved. The worst part for me is marketing. I’m happiest in my cave, surrounded by imaginary characters, who don’t make me venture out of my comfort zone. At least, they haven’t so far. But if any of you have been toying with the idea of writing a novel, why not sit down at your computer and let your imagination soar. There’s no telling where it might take you.
Teresa LaRue grew up in a small town along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She’s worked as a secretary, assistant manager of an audio book store, and manager of a fashion jewelry store. She is an avid reader, gardener, and movie buff. She lives across the lake from New Orleans with her family, including a dog named Bones, and a cat named Chloe.
Link to Webpage: http://tlarueauthor.wordpress.com
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