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Boxes For Beds

Written by Maryann Miller

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Book Synopsis

In this historical mystery, set in Arkansas in 1961 when the mob still ruled Hot Springs, babies are being kidnapped, and the local sheriff has to put this case to bed before the bosses come down from Chicago. They don't need the heat, and they have the leverage with the sheriff to make him do whatever they want. It seems like a good move to arrest Leslie Richards, the new woman in town, even though there is only thin circumstantial evidence against her. Better for it to be a stranger taking those babies and not one of their own.

Leslie has left New York with her ten-year-old daughter, Mandy, hoping to escape from her past and the ruins of a relationship, only to discover that there is little peace for her in Pine Hollow, Arkansas.

Walki's Review

Spring 1961. Babies are kidnapped in Pine Hollow, a small town in Arkansas. The sheriff decides to suspect the newcomer in town, Leslie Richards, a 28-year-old unmarried mother from New York. The author tells us about Leslie's loneliness in her new surroundings and her close relationship with her 12-year-old daughter Mandy. Writing her book from several points of view, Maryann Miller also tells us about the Mob's grip on some representatives of the law, and occasionally mentions the Civil Rights Movement.

The author writes with consistency, adding new elements and new events before giving lulls any chance to develop. While mostly staying with Leslie Richards, she moves the point of view to other characters, offering the readers various angles to consider.

Boxes for Beds' is a mystery written with a gentle style that turned out to be too gentle for my taste. However, it is an agreeable read.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.

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