Book Review: “The Hatch and Brood of Time” by Ellen Larson

March 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Ellen Larson in her new book, “Hatch and Brood book coverThe Hatch and Brood of Time” Book One in the NJ Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press introduces us to Natalie Joday.

From the back cover:   Sometimes it’s your own secrets you fear the most…

When you’re a hard-nosed, shoe leather reporter like Natalie Joday of Bergen County, NJ, murder investigations are just another day in the life. But when she discovers that her trouble-magnet brother Daniel was the last to see the late Lydia Dow alive, Natalie’s enthusiasm for finding the truth turns to dread.

But Natalie is determined to find Lydia’s killer regardless, even if that means talking to the deceased’s nearest and dearest— an eccentric cast of characters ranging from a chauvinistic, bullying father to an introverted sister to an overprotective boyfriend.

But Lydia’s will complicates the investigation, forcing Natalie to follow the considerable money trail… right back to her brother. Now she must choose between hiding the truth and protecting Daniel or risking everything to investigate long-buried secrets of the past—including her own.

For a while I had the opportunity to work at The Daily News in New York. While I was not a reporter for that paper it certainly was exciting to work there. Let me assure you it was not nearly as exciting as what happens to Natalie and she is just working for the Bergen paper. Ellen Larson has given us quite a character in Natalie and quite an adventure to introduce us into. Danger, excitement and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. These are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover. “The Hatch and Brood of Time” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. I am so glad I found Ms. Larson and am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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