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Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coas Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder. Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . . PRAISE FOR THE MISSING ONES “A brilliantly composed mystery…a hurricane of suspense with squalls of twists that’ll just take your breath away. A salty, stormy and seductive read.” - Mario Giordano, author of Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions and Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna "Darkly textured and gorgeously twisted, this atmospheric novel of suspense proves Edwin Hill is a major talent. A master class in setting and character, and with penetrating psychological insight, this story is seamless and surprising and devastating—as turbulent and unpredictable as a New England gale." Hank Phillippi Ryan, best-selling and award-winning author of THE MURDER LIST


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Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coas Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder. Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . . PRAISE FOR THE MISSING ONES “A brilliantly composed mystery…a hurricane of suspense with squalls of twists that’ll just take your breath away. A salty, stormy and seductive read.” - Mario Giordano, author of Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions and Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna "Darkly textured and gorgeously twisted, this atmospheric novel of suspense proves Edwin Hill is a major talent. A master class in setting and character, and with penetrating psychological insight, this story is seamless and surprising and devastating—as turbulent and unpredictable as a New England gale." Hank Phillippi Ryan, best-selling and award-winning author of THE MURDER LIST

30 review for The Missing Ones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Hester Thursby, the 4’9-3/4” librarian, heroine from Little Comfort returns in The Missing Ones. But Hester is not the same. The trauma she has suffered in the first novel have left her suffering PTSD - unable to work, unable to make decisions, unable to let four year old Kate out of her sight. Yes Daphne, Kate’s mother, has once again gone off, and Hester is left to care for Kate. A text message if I need you is all that is needed to rouse Hester to action. Believing the message, the first one i Hester Thursby, the 4’9-3/4” librarian, heroine from Little Comfort returns in The Missing Ones. But Hester is not the same. The trauma she has suffered in the first novel have left her suffering PTSD - unable to work, unable to make decisions, unable to let four year old Kate out of her sight. Yes Daphne, Kate’s mother, has once again gone off, and Hester is left to care for Kate. A text message if I need you is all that is needed to rouse Hester to action. Believing the message, the first one in a year, to be from Daphne, Hester grabs Kate and heads off to Finisterre Island. Once on the island Hester, with a 4 year old in tow - in fact never out of her sight- encounters kidnapping, drug addicts, arson, murder, illegal drug distribution, dirty cops, a hurricane, and a ferry, the only transportation to the mainland, that only runs twice a day. Luckily, Hester has friends who come to her assistance. Morgan, her boyfriend and Daphne’s twin brother, and Angela, a police officer in Boston provide assistance. But will all the mysteries be unraveled? Will right triumph over wrong? Edwin Hill ties together his creative story lines into a finale that satisfies. The Missing Ones can be a stand alone novel but I would recommend reading Little Comfort first. It will give clarity to the roles of the individuals and their motivation in the second novel in this series, The Missing Ones. I received an advance copy of this book from Kensington Books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Hill

    I spent a year sweating over this book, and you better believe I love it! Five proud stars. For anyone who read LITTLE COMFORT, I bet you have a question. This book answers it. That's all I'm saying! I spent a year sweating over this book, and you better believe I love it! Five proud stars. For anyone who read LITTLE COMFORT, I bet you have a question. This book answers it. That's all I'm saying!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Research librarian Hester Thursby returns in THE MISSING ONES, but she's not the same. Shaken by the traumatic series of events that occurred in book one, Hester is anxious and guilty. This affects her parenting of four-year-old, Kate, the daughter of her partner Morgan's sister, Daphne. (Follow that?) Daphne has now been gone for over a year, and Hester and Morgan are still caring for Kate. Meanwhile, on Finisterre Island in Maine, Rory, a local cop, is watching the ferry come in yet again. He' Research librarian Hester Thursby returns in THE MISSING ONES, but she's not the same. Shaken by the traumatic series of events that occurred in book one, Hester is anxious and guilty. This affects her parenting of four-year-old, Kate, the daughter of her partner Morgan's sister, Daphne. (Follow that?) Daphne has now been gone for over a year, and Hester and Morgan are still caring for Kate. Meanwhile, on Finisterre Island in Maine, Rory, a local cop, is watching the ferry come in yet again. He's ignoring the whispers and suspicion of others on the island, who believe he is responsible for taking Oliver, a four-year-old who disappeared over the summer--and whom Rory found, safe and sound. Now another child is missing. Soon Hester gets a text--asking her to come to the island. In short order, she'll find a body there, and connect it to the missing children. But Finisterre Island is a small place, and not one to give up its secrets easily. Reading this novel has definitely secured Edwin Hill and the Hester Thursby series as a go-to author/series combo for me. This was an excellent and compelling read. Hester is a wonderful, complex protagonist, and I hated to see her so fragile and struggling. I love Hill's stable of regular characters--Hester, Morgan, Kate, and their dog, Waffles. Plus, several folks from the last book pop up again, which was fun. Always hovering in the background is the missing Daphne, and Hester's complicated feelings: Daphne is her best friend; Morgan's sister; and Kate's mother. Of course she wants her back in their lives, but by now, she fiercely loves Kate and feels like her mother. It adds a deeper layer to the books and an aspect that I really enjoy. And Kate, while "just" four, is a total trip. I love that kid. The mystery presented here is wonderfully plotted and complex. Introducing Finisterre Island gives us a whole host of new characters: Rory; Annie, Faith, and young Ethan, who are all squatting in a broken down Victorian on the Island; Lydia, Oliver's mother, who runs the local inn and bakery and her husband Trey, a state cop; and others. With a small island comes intense and tangled relationships, and Hill presents and handles them all deftly. The story kept me guessing and intrigued--fascinated both by the murder and mysteries, as well as Hester's own personal issues. Seeing a vulnerable side to her was difficult due to my adoration for her character, but it was so well-done. And, of course, she's still able to solve crimes, because she's amazing. Overall, this was an excellent read. I love Hester--and her little created family. Hill is an amazing writer and does a great job at creating a suspenseful world that easily sucks you in. 4.5 stars. I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books in return for a honest review. You can support indie bookstores and buy a copy of this book here. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb

  4. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    There’s a lot to like in Edwin Hill’s ‘The Missing Ones,’ the second book of his Hester Thursby Mystery series, but by far my favorite is his ability to write cliffhangers and take the reader through highly stressful situations in a credible way, all while stoking the flames of suspense. Hester Thursby, our four foot nine and three quarter inch dynamo from ‘Little Comfort’ is back, and she’s like a little jalapeño pepper, fiery and direct. If anyone messes with her or Kate, they’re likely to get There’s a lot to like in Edwin Hill’s ‘The Missing Ones,’ the second book of his Hester Thursby Mystery series, but by far my favorite is his ability to write cliffhangers and take the reader through highly stressful situations in a credible way, all while stoking the flames of suspense. Hester Thursby, our four foot nine and three quarter inch dynamo from ‘Little Comfort’ is back, and she’s like a little jalapeño pepper, fiery and direct. If anyone messes with her or Kate, they’re likely to get burnt by this Mama Bear. Hester’s best friend, Daphne still hasn’t shown up to retrieve Kate, who’s four-years-old now, or even to thank Hester for taking care of her. Unfortunately, Hester lies to Morgan, her boyfriend, leading him to think that she’s going to work every day and taking Kate to daycare. She's not! Then there’s a whole new cadre of characters to meet on Finisterre Island, which lies just off the coast of Maine. This is an insular community where the kids grow up together, go to school together and when they become adults, everyone knows everyone and sticks their noses all up in each other’s business. Rory is the local cop, who pines after Lydia, who runs a B&B as well as an eatery. Lydia is married to Trey, an off-islander; they have a son, Oliver. When Oliver goes missing for a short period of time one day, no-one is able to figure out exactly what happened; Rory finds him asleep on a boat. In the meantime, vagrants have arrived and taken up residence in an old Victorian house, red-headed Annie, Frankie and her son, Ethan. Rory’s brother, Pete is spaced out on drugs, another child disappears, and there’s a body on the beach. When Hester gets a message from someone on the island, she rushes there with Kate in tow, and does not tell Morgan where she’s going until she’s ensconced on the island. I love Hill’s descriptions of Kate, Oliver, and Ethan. How the children talk and how the adults interact with the children rings with authenticity. Kate has to count to 60 so Hester can hear her when she’s out of Hester’s sight. In a tense situation, Hester has Ethan naming all of Thomas the Tank Engine’s friends, very quietly. I got to know Morgan a lot better; the way he loves and takes care of animals is very winning. Hester, stop lying to Morgan; don't jeopardize your relationship! In the isolated island community, volunteers man the fire department and everyone plays their role in search and rescue and in looking for a missing person. The island can become a dangerous place to be during storms, the crashing waves, the rocks, ledges, and cliffs. When Rory goes on a rescue mission, he carries “nylon rope, life vests, a helmet, and a rescue can.” I learned that a rescue can is a flotation device, a buoy, and essential in lifesaving water rescues. Not all dangers are coming from the environment. Now, some of the worst dangers are coming from within this little island community. Is Hester up to the challenges and will she be able to keep Kate safe? An exciting, suspenseful read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Frenette

    The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill Thank you #netgalley for the advanced readers copy for an honest review. This was a fast paced mystery about a lady named Hester who is taking care of her bestfriends daughter as if it was her own. Daphne is Hester's boyfriend's twin sister and her missing bestfriend. Daphne goes by (Anne) now, is in trouble, she's been staying on a island Finisterre in Maine. She's homeless and finds herself in the mix of drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder, arson and so much more. The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill Thank you #netgalley for the advanced readers copy for an honest review. This was a fast paced mystery about a lady named Hester who is taking care of her bestfriends daughter as if it was her own. Daphne is Hester's boyfriend's twin sister and her missing bestfriend. Daphne goes by (Anne) now, is in trouble, she's been staying on a island Finisterre in Maine. She's homeless and finds herself in the mix of drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder, arson and so much more. Hester goes to find Daphne when she receives a text from her the she needs help. I loved the character development and the descriptions of the island, it felt like I was there. I really wish I would've read book one, but hey sometimes you don't find a good series until you've read a book out of order. Now I'll be reading book 1 and waiting for a 3rd. #themissingones #netgalley Release date scheduled for August 27 2019

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Missing Ones" by Edwin Hill, Kensington, August 2019 Edwin Hill, Author has written an intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful novel. This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mysteries. In my opinion, one would benefit from reading both books, but it can be a stand-alone. The Genres for this novel are Mystery and Suspense and Psychological Thriller. There is a dash of romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes back only when it pe Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Missing Ones" by Edwin Hill, Kensington, August 2019 Edwin Hill, Author has written an intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful novel. This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mysteries. In my opinion, one would benefit from reading both books, but it can be a stand-alone. The Genres for this novel are Mystery and Suspense and Psychological Thriller. There is a dash of romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes back only when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes his dramatic characters as complex, complicated, and quirky. Librarian Hester Thursby has stopped looking for people that didn't want to be found. She also has stopped going to the Library, and keeps her 4-year-old niece home, instead of sending her to school. She is keeping this a secret from her partner Morgan. Hester and Morgan have been taking care of Katy, for about a year, since Morgan's sister just left the child in their care. Morgan's sister was Hester's best friend, and Hester has ambivalent feelings of when her friend returns. Taking care of a four-year-old does have a tremendous amount of responsibility attached. Hester gets an emergency text to come and help at an isolated island off the coast of Maine.  Hester takes the child, goes on the ferry and hopes to help the "Person" who sent the text. On this island two children have disappeared, there are contaminated drugs being distributed and sold, people being hurt and threatened and murder. There also was a terrible storm with much damage. Hester finds herself in a dangerous position again. There are twists and turns, questionable characters, and deep secrets. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friendship, communication, love, and hope. I would recommend this intriguing story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not every Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder. Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .This was a great follow up to the first book in the series, "Little Comfort."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill Hester Thursby Mystery #2 Some words that I wrote down: * obsession * drugs * sex * endangerment * murder * tangled * kidnapping * crime * thought provoking * disturbing * intense Hester Thursby had a tough time in the previous book and has become obsessed with an almost irrational fear that Kate, a child she has cared for a year, will disappear or come to harm. She is really in a stew of her own making and doesn’t know how to get out of the hamster wheel she finds herself in. The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill Hester Thursby Mystery #2 Some words that I wrote down: * obsession * drugs * sex * endangerment * murder * tangled * kidnapping * crime * thought provoking * disturbing * intense Hester Thursby had a tough time in the previous book and has become obsessed with an almost irrational fear that Kate, a child she has cared for a year, will disappear or come to harm. She is really in a stew of her own making and doesn’t know how to get out of the hamster wheel she finds herself in. Her partner and friends are concerned but she is huffy and difficult to put it mildly. When Kate’s’ mother, Daphne, sends a cry for help to Hester it is a central point in the book. Still unable to leave Kate she leaves in the night and heads to Finisterre Island, Maine. She does not find Daphne but does begin to find clues that may eventually lead to locating her. As Hester looks she meets a number of people in the small island community, hears the stories of two boys that suddenly appeared a day or so after they strangely went missing, sees the dynamics of various relationships, searches for Daphne, stumbles across a dead body, encounters scary people and begins to come to terms with the obsessive fear that has hounded her for so long. When Morgan, her partner, arrives they discuss loudly, come to an agreement on how to split up to find Daphne and head off to search some more. When I started this book I thought it was slow and couldn’t understand why we met who we did and what parts the people on the island would play in Hester’s life. As I got further into the book I found myself tangled in the web the story was creating and kept reading till after 3am to find out what would happen. I usually do a “what I liked” and “what I did not like” when doing a review but this book doesn’t lend itself as easily to that format. Why? All of the characters in the book were flawed and at times difficult to like. The plot was gritty, dark and troubling. The ending left me unsettled but hopeful for Hester, Morgan and another child but worried about Daphne and the direction she seemed to be heading. Many of the characters did what most would consider evil things or at least things I would not do and it worried me. At the same time I know that the people that were worrisome are believable and in character and thus even more disturbing as a result. This is a book that will linger with me. I am not sure where the next book will head but the way Hester seems to tangle with some very bad situations I do know that it will be a thought provoking story that I will gladly read when it is published. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maine Colonial

    I received a free advance review copy via Netgalley. Here’s how I know Edwin Hill writes good crime fiction. He does things that I normally dislike in mysteries, but when I read his books I don’t care. There are small children, something I usually avoid at all costs. His heroine does thoughtless and risky things on impulse, something that usually makes me roll my eyes until they feel like they might fall out. And in this book, Hill features an opioids plot, something I think has been way too much I received a free advance review copy via Netgalley. Here’s how I know Edwin Hill writes good crime fiction. He does things that I normally dislike in mysteries, but when I read his books I don’t care. There are small children, something I usually avoid at all costs. His heroine does thoughtless and risky things on impulse, something that usually makes me roll my eyes until they feel like they might fall out. And in this book, Hill features an opioids plot, something I think has been way too much of a bandwagon topic with crime fiction writers these days. Despite all those things I don’t like, I spent most of a gorgeous summer weekend reading this book. I couldn’t tear myself away to do anything else. I think it’s because Edwin Hill, like Louise Penny, makes the characters so real, with all their charms but especially their imperfections. And he writes about relationships, as they really are. When bad things happen, they’re for very human reasons, not because of some cartoonish psycho on the loose. It makes it easy to become immersed in the story, its characters, time and place. It was particularly easy to put myself in the time and place here, because most of it takes place in my home state of Maine, on the fictional Finisterre Island, which resembles Monhegan. It’s late September, getting to the end of tourist season, a particularly interesting time in Maine’s coastal areas. Most tourists have left, but not all. The lobster shacks are still open and on many days you can still sit out with a beer and enjoy the view and the salt tang in the air. But the nights are becoming chilly and the natives are thinking about preparing for the long winter and going back to when it’s just the few year-rounders relying on each other. Hester Thursby, our short stack of a librarian and lead character, is in a bad way when we start the book. She’s keeping up a false front for her friends, her live-in boyfriend Morgan and his four-year-old niece Kate, who they take care of since Daphne (Morgan’s sister and Kate’s mother) took off over a year ago. But after the terrors of the last book, when she and Kate were in mortal danger, the truth is she sees catastrophe looming everywhere and doesn’t want to let Kate out of her sight. Only one thing can change that, and it’s a text from Daphne telling her she needs her. In a flash, Hester and Kate are on their way from Cambridge (Mass.) to Maine, all without telling Morgan. (See what I mean about those bad decisions?) On the island, nobody knows Daphne, but they do know a vagrant named Annie who looks like Daphne’s photo on Hester’s phone. And that’s the start of a plot involving people on the island who have known each other all their lives, plus others who have come to the island for the summer or maybe to get up to no good. They say on the island that people know what you’ve been doing before you do, but as Hester tries to locate Daphne, she learns secrets and lies about the islanders. Will uncovering them help her find Daphne or just put her in danger? Clear some time in your schedule for this one. Do you have to read the first book, Little Comfort, first? No, you don’t have to, but it would add to your appreciation of this book if you do. As for me, I guess I just have to settle in and hope there’s another Hester Thursby book about this time next year.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Spencer

    Wow! I loved the first book--Little Comfort--and had been waiting for the next in the story of Hester Thursby. The Missing Ones exceeded my expectations, and I couldn't put it down. Hester Thursby, the diminutive librarian with a side gig in finding people, is dealing with PTSD after her last case, and can't let her niece Kate out of her sight--even to go to preschool. Hester is drawn to Finisterre Island where drugs are causing trouble and 4-year-old children seem prone to disappearing, and mus Wow! I loved the first book--Little Comfort--and had been waiting for the next in the story of Hester Thursby. The Missing Ones exceeded my expectations, and I couldn't put it down. Hester Thursby, the diminutive librarian with a side gig in finding people, is dealing with PTSD after her last case, and can't let her niece Kate out of her sight--even to go to preschool. Hester is drawn to Finisterre Island where drugs are causing trouble and 4-year-old children seem prone to disappearing, and must confront her greatest fears in order to move forward with her life. Terrific books and characters--you may not always like Hester, but she is believably written--that are worth your time. I received a digital ARC via Netgalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    This is a really good series, will be looking forward to more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    Although this is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series and I haven't read the first book, it did not hinder my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. In fact, THE MISSING ONES works well as a standalone novel. Hester Thursby is not your typical heroine. She is neurotic, she is hugely overprotective of her four year old niece, Kate, who has been left in her care. In fact, even though she has a valid reason for being overprotective, it is still over-the-top. In summary, she is a realistic Although this is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series and I haven't read the first book, it did not hinder my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. In fact, THE MISSING ONES works well as a standalone novel. Hester Thursby is not your typical heroine. She is neurotic, she is hugely overprotective of her four year old niece, Kate, who has been left in her care. In fact, even though she has a valid reason for being overprotective, it is still over-the-top. In summary, she is a realistic character. She isn't perfect, not by a long shot, and that is why I like her. This story is a timely one in that it addresses the Opiod Crisis that has infiltrated every aspect of life in North America. It showcases the fact that addiction crosses all socioeconomic boundaries and can (and does) happen to even the most law-abiding families. There are multiple twists to this story and as soon as you think you know who the perpetrator is, you discover a new fact that makes you doubt your theory. I rate THE MISSING ONES as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. ** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.**

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    In this second book of The Hester Thursby Mysteries some of my many questions we’re finally answered from book one Little Comfort. The book starts off seeing Hester fighting the demons from recent and past events and trying to move on from the traumatic events in the last year. Hester has been strong but the author shows the real struggles that people face after having to deal with trauma and the effects it takes on daily living and moving on. Hester has been showing the world she’s ok but insid In this second book of The Hester Thursby Mysteries some of my many questions we’re finally answered from book one Little Comfort. The book starts off seeing Hester fighting the demons from recent and past events and trying to move on from the traumatic events in the last year. Hester has been strong but the author shows the real struggles that people face after having to deal with trauma and the effects it takes on daily living and moving on. Hester has been showing the world she’s ok but inside is a different story. A ghost from the past makes a shocking appearance that leaves Hester to make choices that once again could hurt herself and those she loves. But Hester is Determined to find the truth and when she does it will shock you. Just when you think you know where this book ends you will be blown away not only by the ending but will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more! Edwin Hill has brilliantly written this book and added in the struggles many in this world face with PTSD, homelessness, drug addiction and those that are lost in more ways than one. Every character is brilliantly written with so much detail it will leave you loving this thrilling series more and more!! A must read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Col

    Synopsis/blurb..... Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don't want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote - the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for Synopsis/blurb..... Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don't want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote - the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm - and uncovers a murder. Soon, Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong.... --------- My take.... The Missing Ones is Edwin Hill's second Hester Thursby book after Little Comfort, and while it works well enough on its own, I would probably have benefited from reading the first one before this. Hester lives with her boyfriend and is caring for her best friend's four year old daughter Kate after Daphne (the mother) disappeared a year ago. Daphne is also the twin of Hector's partner, Morgan. She is also suffering from PTSD after events from Little Comfort and behaves - from the outside - a little irrationally in respect of her day to day life. She has separation anxiety over being parted from Kate and she's been bunking off work for a good while and lying to Morgan about how she's coping with life. A "come and get me" text from Daphne sets the wheels in motion here........ a thinly populated island, isolation, everyone knows everyone, everyone knows everything about everyone, or so they think, a ferry, secrets, secrets that aren't actually secrets, and ones that are, a missing kid, an un-missing kid, a drug house, suspicion of strangers, tension between the island cop and the State policeman, unrequited love, an affair, drugs, an overdose, another missing kid, an assumed identity, a dead body and murder, arson and more. I enjoyed it without feeling it was the best book ever if I'm truthful. I don't think I ever truly sympathised or was on-board totally with the main character, Hester. That said her heart was in the right place in respect of trying to do the right thing. I liked a few of the supporting characters..... the State policewoman, Morgan the boyfriend. The setting was interested with the island location and the inhabitants all at the mercy of the tides and weather concerning getting on and off the place. There's a moment near the end which gave me pause for thought - totally jaw-dropping - and which I wasn't 100% sure I understood correctly. If it means what I think it means - WTF. I'm guessing there may be repercussions further down the road. Decent plot, reasonable pace. I liked the author's style of writing and the narration of the story. I wasn't totally invested in the outcome, probably because I couldn't really feel much of anything for Hester, other than mild irritation maybe. Enjoyable overall, just missing any real spark for me. 3.5 from 5 Read - October, 2019 Published - 2019 Page count - 261 Source - Net Galley Format - ePub read on laptop http://col2910.blogspot.com/2019/10/e...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    This story is dark, twisted and disturbing.....but completely mesmerizing. Hester has been caring for her best friend's child, 4-year old Kate, ever since her friend left unexpectedly. Daphne left a note saying she would be right back....but it's been a year, and she hasn't returned. Daphne is the twin sister of Hester's boyfriend, Morgan. Then out of the blue Hester receives a text from Daphne saying she's on an island off the coast of Maine and Hester needs to come get her. When Hester gets th This story is dark, twisted and disturbing.....but completely mesmerizing. Hester has been caring for her best friend's child, 4-year old Kate, ever since her friend left unexpectedly. Daphne left a note saying she would be right back....but it's been a year, and she hasn't returned. Daphne is the twin sister of Hester's boyfriend, Morgan. Then out of the blue Hester receives a text from Daphne saying she's on an island off the coast of Maine and Hester needs to come get her. When Hester gets there she finds the situation is bleak -- the house is full of squatters and drug addicts. Not only that, but Hester discovers a dead body as well. There is a lot going on at Finisterre Island....and Hester wants to get to the bottom of it. Wow....this was such an intense story. It was a bit hard for me to follow in spots. The Missing Ones is actually the second book in the Hester Thursby series, and I haven't read the first book, Little Comfort. I think I would have understood the situation and the characters a little better had I read the first book. But the plot in this story was strong enough to keep my interest, despite the fact I didn't quite understand the Daphne/Hester/Morgan issues. I'm going to backtrack and read the first book.....then re-read this one. This book deals with some pretty intense adult situations -- drug addiction, kidnapping, violence, dirty cops. The story is not for the faint of heart. The suspense is wicked....and the story is twisted. Great read! I'm definitely looking forward to more by this author! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    I received a copy of The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill from NetGalley and Kensington Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review. This was the second book in the Hester Thursby series, I really enjoyed the first book, and now in the second it helps to find out some of the answers surrounding why Daphne left her daughter with Hester and Morgan. After the last book Hester is dealing with a major case of PTSD, yet when text by Daphne she takes off determined to help. I did find this book a lit I received a copy of The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill from NetGalley and Kensington Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review. This was the second book in the Hester Thursby series, I really enjoyed the first book, and now in the second it helps to find out some of the answers surrounding why Daphne left her daughter with Hester and Morgan. After the last book Hester is dealing with a major case of PTSD, yet when text by Daphne she takes off determined to help. I did find this book a little harder to follow along with due to moving back and forward between places and characters in the book. Children missing, drugs, homeless people this book has alot going on. I believe those that have read the first book, will enjoy the second book of the series also.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    I read the first book in this series, Little Comfort, and really liked Hester Thursby, the main character. That book ended with Hester recovering from some pretty awful things she suffered through so I was interested in finding out where the author would take Hester in her next case. He took her in a direction I don't like and it colored my entire thought process regarding this book. I don't like to read stories where adults put children in jeopardy or step away from their responsibility to thei I read the first book in this series, Little Comfort, and really liked Hester Thursby, the main character. That book ended with Hester recovering from some pretty awful things she suffered through so I was interested in finding out where the author would take Hester in her next case. He took her in a direction I don't like and it colored my entire thought process regarding this book. I don't like to read stories where adults put children in jeopardy or step away from their responsibility to their child and that's exactly what three women in this book did. Hester's best friend Daphne simply walked out of the house one night and left her daughter Kate behind. It's been a year without communication from Daphne so when Hester gets an SOS text message she bundles up four year old Kate and takes off - without telling anyone where she is going and not answering any messages or phone calls. On purpose; it's not like she lost her phone or anything. Once Hester and Kate get to Finisterre Island, Maine, she becomes involved in murder, kidnapping, illegal drugs, arson; pretty much you name it and little girl Kate gets exposed to it. There is also the drug addict woman who has her four year old son with her in a drug house while she uses and sells drugs. There is another under five boy who is kidnapped but found, and later in the story his mother simply asks a stranger (Hester) to take care of him and disappears for an entire night. This wasn't the right kind of mystery novel for me and there wasn't much chance I would enjoy it. I think Hester and I have parted ways for good. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-Galley of this novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wayward Readers Book Blog

    This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone, though it does play off an ongoing plot and character arc. Edwin Hill decisively takes a stand as the skillful author he is with dynamic characterization and a creative story line. Hill brings our main character, Hester Thursby, to a beautiful setting only to unravel ugly truths. The book is a cacophony of suspense, devastation, and psychological mayhem. A great read. 5 stars. I voluntarily read and rev This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone, though it does play off an ongoing plot and character arc. Edwin Hill decisively takes a stand as the skillful author he is with dynamic characterization and a creative story line. Hill brings our main character, Hester Thursby, to a beautiful setting only to unravel ugly truths. The book is a cacophony of suspense, devastation, and psychological mayhem. A great read. 5 stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of #TheMissingOnes from #NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    After all of the awful things that happened with Hester in Little Comfort, I was hoping she wasn't going to be jumping into the fray again! Hester is a librarian. With a side gig finding missing people. But after the last one, she almost died and is now out of that game. We think. Probably not. Hester and Morgan are caring for four-year-old Kate, the daughter of Morgan's twin sister, Daphne. Daphne left a post-it saying she would be right back, but that was a long time ago and no one knows where s After all of the awful things that happened with Hester in Little Comfort, I was hoping she wasn't going to be jumping into the fray again! Hester is a librarian. With a side gig finding missing people. But after the last one, she almost died and is now out of that game. We think. Probably not. Hester and Morgan are caring for four-year-old Kate, the daughter of Morgan's twin sister, Daphne. Daphne left a post-it saying she would be right back, but that was a long time ago and no one knows where she is. Meanwhile, on Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, children are missing and mysteriously returned unharmed. We meet Annie, who looks like a homeless drug addict and is holed up in an abandoned Victorian that is now just an eyesore and a place for junkies.  When Hester receives a text from Daphne, telling her she needs her, Hester is once again lying to Morgan and taking Kate with her to the island. When she gets there she finds a small town with some big-city problems. Like drugs, people with their own agendas, and a missing Daphne and another little boy. Along with the dead body of a dirty cop. Will she find Daphne and reunite her with her daughter? Can she save all of them? This was a twisty, suspenseful tale! At times Hester irritates me, but she has reasons for the things she does. We just don't understand them. Will this be the end of Morgan and Hester? Will Kate be returned to Daphne? Will Hester ever let go of the guilt and fear she is holding on to so tight?  I hope so. Another well-done work by Mr. Hill August 27th, 2019 by Kensington  NetGalley Reads

  20. 4 out of 5

    Book Addict

    The Missing Ones is my second Edwin Hill novel in the last 2 weeks and I loved them both. The setting of Finisterre Island was a wonderful choice - rugged, beautiful, both beachy and forested and best of all, the ferry only goes runs twice a day. You're either on it or you're not. What a great thing to use when your bad guy or good guy needs to hang around a bit longer! The descriptions were wonderful, making it so I could easily picture the landscape, buildings and homes in my mind's eye. I real The Missing Ones is my second Edwin Hill novel in the last 2 weeks and I loved them both. The setting of Finisterre Island was a wonderful choice - rugged, beautiful, both beachy and forested and best of all, the ferry only goes runs twice a day. You're either on it or you're not. What a great thing to use when your bad guy or good guy needs to hang around a bit longer! The descriptions were wonderful, making it so I could easily picture the landscape, buildings and homes in my mind's eye. I really enjoy that. Of course Hester, Kate and Morgan are back, as is Angela, the police officer from Little Comfort. All my favorite characters ready to roll again. The Missing Ones provides quite the story of Daphne, her homelessness (essentially) and a small town struggling with big city problems and an inadequate police presence. I very much enjoyed the details that came out, especially concerning one character I completely disliked. I was glad he turned out to be the type of person I thought he was. The plot of this book has a lot going on so pay close attention and I think, like me, you'll find yourself reading faster wanting to find out what will happen. There is more to this seemingly peaceful little island than meets the eye and I think mystery/thriller fans will enjoy uncovering the rot that has infested the town. Edwin Hill has another winner on his hands in my opinion. Pick up The Missing Ones and if you haven't read Little Comfort, it would probably be good to do so first. They can stand alone, but the back stories are richer if you read both books. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an ARC at my request. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Second in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series, which commenced with LITTLE COMFORT, THE MISSING ONES is primarily set on Maine's fictional Finisterre Island, accessible only by twice-daily ferry, but jam-packed in summer by holiday revelers. As an enclosed and insular environment, it's perhaps more of a showcase for human emotions and frailties than, say, a city like Boston. On the island, everybody knows everything and secrets are hard kept. Hester and "not-husband" Morgan have been raising Morga Second in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series, which commenced with LITTLE COMFORT, THE MISSING ONES is primarily set on Maine's fictional Finisterre Island, accessible only by twice-daily ferry, but jam-packed in summer by holiday revelers. As an enclosed and insular environment, it's perhaps more of a showcase for human emotions and frailties than, say, a city like Boston. On the island, everybody knows everything and secrets are hard kept. Hester and "not-husband" Morgan have been raising Morgan's niece Kate for a year now, and once independent Hester has come to terms with her fierce protectiveness for Kate. Then a text summons her to Finisterre Island to finally (she hopes) locate Kate's missing mother. But Finisterre has experienced the (temporary) misplacing of two young children already, and a rampant drug invasion. Is it safe to take Kate with her to the island?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I got to read an ARC of this. It was great to see how Hester Thursby and the others have moved on - or not - from the winter events detailed in Little Comfort. The Missing Ones brings us to coastal Maine, and an idyllic community full of secrets. A great, exciting and suspenseful read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patty Smith

    Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Edwin Hill for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Missing Ones. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. I was so fortunate to have been sent not one but two books from Kensington. I was sent Edwin Hill’s first book in the series “Little Comfort” and the latest one “The Missing Ones” which I was very interested in reading. Sent hard copies at that - actual books I can hold in my hands - y Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Edwin Hill for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Missing Ones. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. I was so fortunate to have been sent not one but two books from Kensington. I was sent Edwin Hill’s first book in the series “Little Comfort” and the latest one “The Missing Ones” which I was very interested in reading. Sent hard copies at that - actual books I can hold in my hands - yippee!!! I was very excited to read both of them but decided to read “The Missing Ones” first since that was the one I was originally interested in. I can tell you that this works as a standalone. There is history but nothing that detracts from the story being told. We find the main character, Hester Thursby, has been taking care of her best friend’s four-year-old daughter Kate for the past year. Daphne, the mother, left a note saying she would be gone for an hour and never came back. Hester is also in a relationship with Kate’s twin brother, Morgan. Meanwhile, on Finisterre Island, island life is a challenge. The tourists come and go but the islanders never escape. There are real problems now. Drugs have invaded the island and are turning the locals into junkies. Children also seem to go missing and then mysteriously turn up days later none the worse for wear. Hester gets a note saying that Kate is on the island and in trouble. Please come and get her right away. When I first started reading, I found that there were a lot of characters in this story. You have the story with Hester, Morgan, the girl, and the missing Kate. On the island, you have Lydia who is married to Trey a cop, Rory her childhood friend who is secretly in love with her and also a cop. There are the drug addicts including Rory’s brother, Annie, Frankie and Seth. There is Vaughn the fisherman who is another islander that grew up with Lydia and Rory. I had enough faith that all the stories would meet up and reveal how they were interconnected. Each group had its own interesting storyline, so I wasn’t in any rush. I was able to keep track of who’s who as sometimes there can be so many people I am constantly referring back to try and remember who they are. The story was interesting and I had a vested interest in finding out if Daphne would come back for her child. The part I didn’t understand was the mystery with the children. Since it is the title of the book I was expecting that it would have held more interest. It was a little confusing. I was interested enough to want to go back and find out what happened to Hester in the first book. There was some trauma there and I liked the characters enough I will read “Little Comfort” next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dawnny

    This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series. This is also a stand alone read. It answers the many questions left from Little Comfort the first book. I recommend both. This was a good read. I liked that Hester is also a librarian. Hester is trying to move forward from tragic events in the past. She sets out to find her sister in law on a island full of secrets and a dead body. This novel, well both novels touch on some serious topics such had drug abuse and PTSD. This was a dark and twis This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series. This is also a stand alone read. It answers the many questions left from Little Comfort the first book. I recommend both. This was a good read. I liked that Hester is also a librarian. Hester is trying to move forward from tragic events in the past. She sets out to find her sister in law on a island full of secrets and a dead body. This novel, well both novels touch on some serious topics such had drug abuse and PTSD. This was a dark and twisty crime thriller. I enjoyed it. Dawnny-BookGypsy Novels N Latte Review Novels N Latte

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Topical and twisty this is the story of Hester's desperate search for her friend Daphne, who went missing, leaving behind her daughter Kate. Hester and her partner Morgan (Daphne's twin) have had to make some adjustments to their lives to care for a now 4 year old but they love her. Hester's research skills are awesome and if she's an unusual heroine in this type of novel, well, I'm ok with that because she's interesting. When she gets a text from Daphne, she takes Kate and heads for the mysteri Topical and twisty this is the story of Hester's desperate search for her friend Daphne, who went missing, leaving behind her daughter Kate. Hester and her partner Morgan (Daphne's twin) have had to make some adjustments to their lives to care for a now 4 year old but they love her. Hester's research skills are awesome and if she's an unusual heroine in this type of novel, well, I'm ok with that because she's interesting. When she gets a text from Daphne, she takes Kate and heads for the mysterious island of Finisterre, off the coast of Maine. It's a bad bad place with some weird stuff going on, including murder. Who is Anne? How does she link into the story? No spoilers but know that Morgan is not happy about what Hester's done and they differ on what to do next. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Two thumbs up and a very good read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Wisnewski

    Thank you NetGalley & Kensigton for and ARC. Sometimes don't you want to shake a charachter until they understand that they are a hot mess and need to take on some responsibility? Edwin Hill has done it again. The Missing Ones continues the Hester Thursby mysteries saga and is as enjoyable as the first. Hill has created a suspenseful, cat and mouse, will she find her won't she find her, can't put it down kind of book. His characters are well developed, the story moves at a great pace, and we're st Thank you NetGalley & Kensigton for and ARC. Sometimes don't you want to shake a charachter until they understand that they are a hot mess and need to take on some responsibility? Edwin Hill has done it again. The Missing Ones continues the Hester Thursby mysteries saga and is as enjoyable as the first. Hill has created a suspenseful, cat and mouse, will she find her won't she find her, can't put it down kind of book. His characters are well developed, the story moves at a great pace, and we're still wondering why Hester can put up with Daphne and her crazy. The well written story brings you in and leaves you not wanting to stop until you're finished. Pick up a copy - you'll be happy you did!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marybeth Taranow

    Edwin Hill has done it again. The Missing Ones is the second Hester Thursby mystery and was as good as the first. It did start a little slower than the first one that hooked me from the first page. This one had a much longer introduction to characters before Hester really made an appearance. I almost gave up but I'm glad I didn't. I look forward to the next installment. Edwin Hill has done it again. The Missing Ones is the second Hester Thursby mystery and was as good as the first. It did start a little slower than the first one that hooked me from the first page. This one had a much longer introduction to characters before Hester really made an appearance. I almost gave up but I'm glad I didn't. I look forward to the next installment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Bennett

    The Missing Ones is a great thriller that hard me hooked from the first chapter. The storyline and characters are interesting.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill is a suspenseful, character driven mystery.  Although this latest release is the second installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading book one, Little Comfort, as well. Librarian Hester Thursby is still struggling in the aftermath of the events from her previous missing persons case. She is in charge of caring for her four year old niece Kate but her irrational fears about Kate's safet 4.5 stars. The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill is a suspenseful, character driven mystery.  Although this latest release is the second installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading book one, Little Comfort, as well. Librarian Hester Thursby is still struggling in the aftermath of the events from her previous missing persons case. She is in charge of caring for her four year old niece Kate but her irrational fears about Kate's safety make it impossible for her to leave her in anyone else's care. Hester  is impulsive and in the past,  her  ill-advised decisions have endangered herself and Kate.  She is unable to confide her fears to her partner Morgan Maguire, whose twin sister Daphne is Kate's mother. Daphne has a long history of flighty behavior and no one has heard from her since she abruptly abandoned her daughter to Hester's and Morgan's care a year earlier. Hester also has a supportive circle of friends, but she cannot bring herself to ask for help.   Will her relationship with Morgan survive her inability to trust him with the issues she is dealing with? Meanwhile  off the coast of Maine, residents of Finisterre Island are dealing with inexplicable disappearances of young children, squatters in a ramshackle Victorian home and an increase in drug traffic. Islander Rory Dunbar is a local cop whose hopes for becoming a state police officer have yet to be realized. He is also in love with his childhood friend, Lydia Pelletier, whose husband Trey despises Rory.  With a storm approaching,  Frankie Sullivan, one of the squatters, reports her young son Ethan is missing. Annie, who has been living for several months in the same home as Frankie, becomes involved in the search for the missing boy. In the aftermath of the storm, Annie vanishes and the local police are very interested in asking her questions about the goings on in the Victorian house she has been squatting in. These two very divergent story arcs eventually intersect in a very intriguing manner. Hester again makes a knee-jerk decision that could have long term implications for her relationship with Morgan.  She also finds herself smack dab in the  middle of a murder investigation. Will the information she uncovers help the authorities solve the strange occurrences on Finisterre Island?  Will Hester's unexpected, dangerous adventure help heal her emotional wounds? The Missing Ones is a riveting mystery which features a topical storyline and deeply flawed characters. Hester is a sympathetic and likable, albeit sometimes frustrating, lead protagonist. The situation on Finisterre Island is quite intriguing and the identity of the murder victim is quite shocking.  With several stunning revelations, Edwin Hill brings this twist-filled mystery to a shocking, yet mostly satisfying, conclusion. Old and new fans are sure to love this clever addition to the Hester Thursby Mystery series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    Despite her quirkiness and unconventional size for a kick-butt heroine, it's safe to say that Hester is not my most favorite main character of all time; however, as long as Edwin Hill continues to surround her with intriguing supporting casts and superbly layered mysterious plots, I'll keep reading and rating them highly. The next Hester Thursby mystery is expected to be released in 2020. See my full review on That New Book Smell on release day, August 27, 2019! Despite her quirkiness and unconventional size for a kick-butt heroine, it's safe to say that Hester is not my most favorite main character of all time; however, as long as Edwin Hill continues to surround her with intriguing supporting casts and superbly layered mysterious plots, I'll keep reading and rating them highly. The next Hester Thursby mystery is expected to be released in 2020. See my full review on That New Book Smell on release day, August 27, 2019!

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