Empty Handed by Jo A Hiestand

Empty Handed by Jo A Hiestand

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Empty Handed by Jo A Hiestand
Empty Handed by Jo A Hiestand
Series: The McLaren Mysteries #10
Genres: British Mystery

One dark night artist Craig Saxton went missing from his village. His body was found thirty-two hours later in the river, floating like a bobber on a fishing line. Rumors swell like tidal waves: did his ex-wife or his fiancée’s father kill this likeable young man? Or was it simply a case of jealousy by the village’s other artist? Now, two years later, Craig’s fiancée hopes ex-police detective Michael McLaren can find out. From speaking to villagers, McLaren quickly realizes that what appears to be a straightforward investigation is fast becoming as tangled as fishing lines. Are the fish poaching incidents, the reappearance of the local ghost, and assaults on him merely to muddy the investigative waters, or are they connected to Craig’s death? McLaren has his hands full. They become even fuller when a nemesis from his past appears one night, bent on revenge. And the inevitable struggle opens a new future for one man…and leaves the other empty handed.

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I am actually a day late getting this posted due to being the hospital. So for that I must apologize to the author. This was my first book by her and since I love British Mystery I knew it was right up my alley. Now this is book ten in a series but I will tell you that I had no problems with it. You don’t need to read the previous books in order to read this one.

We find ourselves following along with former Inspector Michael McLaren as he takes on a cold case. Even though he is still dealing with the death of his fiancé, he takes on the Craig Saxton’s case when the latter’s fiancé asks him to investigate his murder. I will say that what is suppose to be a sleepy town is anything but sleepy. That one of the things I love about British Mystery it takes what we think we know and turns us on our heads.

This was a well written book that I am so thrilled to have had the chance to read. There is plenty of mystery and when I thought I had figured out who the murderer was I was proven wrong.

The man frowned and seemed to tower above her. He took an eternity to answer. “Why are you inquiring?”

“I met him the other day. I’d heard about him before that. He impressed me with his knowledge. I’d like to know more of his background.”

“Why not ask Mr. McLaren?”

Victoria gave a tight-lipped smile and shrugged. Her thumb stroked the back of her ring. The gem had let her down. Moonstone was linked to feminine energy. It brought healing, nourishing the wearer and returning her to her complete self. It was the moon’s gem and imparted the curative water. She needed McLaren in her life and needed the benefits of the moonstone. How would she survive without either of them? She coughed and slid her fingertip onto the stone. “I did ask him. But he’s too modest. He wouldn’t tell me anything.”

“Well, I’d take that as a strong hint, wouldn’t you? Mr. McLaren obviously doesn’t want to talk about himself. You’d be best to drop it.”

“I just thought that you might know him and could—“

“I’m sorry. Even if I did know him, I wouldn’t give out private information. It’s nothing to do with you personally, please understand.”

“Sure. Department policy. Sorry to bother you.” She stepped out of the van, aware of the thud of her heart and the tears in her eyes. One good thing: it was nearly dark. No one could see her crying.

Jo A Hiestand will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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About Jo A Hiestand

A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folk singing stint. This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Peak District mysteries and the McLaren cold case mystery series.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy, from police methods and location layout to the general feel of the area, has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.

In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

Her cat Tennyson shares her St. Louis home.

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  1. JO Hiestand

    June 6, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Hi! Sorry to hear you were in the hospital, but I hope you are on the road to recovery. Thank you for being a stop in my book review tour. And thank you for the wonderful review. I appreciate it!

    1. Rita

      June 10, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Thank you so much Jo and you are so welcome. your book was amazing.

  2. jo a hiestand

    June 6, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I’m so glad to be on your website! Thanks for hosting this stop on the review tour…and thank you for a superb review. I appreciate both!

  3. James Robert

    June 7, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

    1. Jo Hiestand

      June 7, 2019 at 7:08 am

      Hi, James. It’s a nice way to discover books/authors you might like. Thanks for commenting.

    2. jo hiestand

      June 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Hi, James. Pardon the late reply. Been having computer problems! Thanks for stopping by, and I’m glad you like these tours.

  4. monique s

    June 7, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Looks like a great read. I love mysteries

    1. jo hiestand

      June 7, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Hi, Monique! I hope you like my mystery novel if you read it. Good luck on the raffle drawing!

  5. Amanda W

    June 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Great Review! Definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy reading 🙂

    1. jo hiestand

      June 7, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Hi, Amanda. Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by. Yes, it’s a very nice review. Hope you like the book if you read it.

  6. bernie wallace

    June 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Would you ever like to see your book turned into a movie or television show?

  7. Dana Rodriguez

    June 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I love a good mystery. This book sounds great!

    1. jo hiestand

      June 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Dana, thanks a lot. And thank you for stopping by. Good luck with the raffle drawing.

  8. Trix

    June 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I appreciate the review!

  9. Calvin

    June 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

    What a deep book. I like this theme, really is relevant to me.

  10. Trix

    June 8, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I’m really intrigued! (I also forgot to do the Rafflecopter last time, so if you see one entered tomorrow, I swear I’m not trying to cheat! My apologies…)

  11. bernie wallace

    June 8, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    What character are you most like from your book?

  12. Nancy

    June 9, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Enticing cover

  13. Eileen Boyce

    June 9, 2019 at 3:19 am

    The book looks intriguing!

  14. Cassandra D

    June 9, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Looks very interesting.

  15. Tina W

    June 12, 2019 at 3:32 am

    The book looks interesting, I do like fishing.
    But the kicker for me here is that the author has a cat named Tennyson. Such a cute name!

  16. Amy Pollard Woolard

    June 13, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Fantastic! I love the cover & this book sounds so good!!

  17. Beth Hern

    June 14, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I love a good mystery. Can’t wait to start reading this.

  18. Marie

    June 29, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for this review. I’m into British history, books and movies so I’ll check this out.

  19. Mary Gardner

    December 2, 2019 at 10:52 am

    This one sounds like a great read. I always enjoy a good mystery.

  20. Katy

    August 18, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Hope you’re feeling well after your hospital stay. I love English mysteries as well.
    I think it’s genetic- or due to the fact that PBS British mysteries played on loop by my mom. I like series like this. I’m glad you can pop into any book though.

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