Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty
review copy; 304 pages
Harper McClain Mystery #3
Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty is a highly recommended mystery and the third book in the Harper McClain series.
Crime reporter Harper McClain is investigating the disappearance of a
Xavier Rayne from Tybee Island. Harper happens to be living on the
island after receiving a credible warning that she needed to move out of
Savannah because someone wanted her dead. She never thought that the
quiet island where she has been living for months would be the scene of a
Apparently Rayne went out to the beach late at night to write music
never returned. He had just released an album and was about to go on
tour. His bandmates and girlfriend are living in his house on the island
and seem to be grief stricken, but something doesn't quite feel right
to Harper. She manages to befriend Rayne's friends for a source of
inside information into his disappearance.
To make matters worse, Harper has uncovered more information that
might lead her to the identity of her mother's killer. The killer has
ties to Harper's family from years ago but he is about to be released
from prison and is coming for Harper. Now Harper is investigating a
death while looking out for a killer who is coming for her. Her on-again, off-again love interest, homicide detective Luke Walker, is back helping her.
Harper is an interesting, complex, well-developed character and
readers new to the series will like her. In fact all the characters are
well-developed, even the minor ones, which makes this even more
interesting. It was a bit surprising that Rayne's housemates accepted
Harper's overtures for friendship so easily. Under the circumstances, I would expect a whole lot more skepticism and some solid standoffish behavior from them toward any reporter.
The well-written novel features an intricate plot in both of the duel
storylines. The investigations into Rayne's death and into her mother's
killer are equally compelling plots and will hold your attention. I
haven't read the first two Harper McClain novels and had no problem
following the plot, so can be read as a stand-alone novel and doesn't
require reading the first two to understand the backstory. It is a good
enough novel that you will seriously want to read the first two in the
My review copy was courtesy of Macmillian.