A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge . . .

The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.

More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up . . .

A rural cozy mystery, A Killing Among Friends, is set in a small community impacted by secrets and lies. Our main character, Sennie, is starting her junior year of high school and a burgeoning adult world threatens to rob her of her innocence.

Sennie is a proactive heroine, eager to solve the mystery and find her best friend. I liked her but wish her character had been expanded slightly. She seems to be an analytical thinker but where does she know how to conduct an amateur investigation? If she’s a sleuth is it because she’s obsessed with Nancy Drew books? I wanted a little more to explain how she could jump straight in to her investigation.

Supporting characters were interesting and it was nice to see a functional normal family engaged with and supportive of the main character. I enjoyed the older residents, a pastoral relief when dealing with a dark subject.

Morrow Wyatt has created a genuine setting and likable characters. As you read through the book you can see her love of this place and the people she has created to inhabit it. Some of the dialogue doesn’t seem to match up the characters but that may just be my interpretation.

3/5