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All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery
by Elena Taylor
I received this book free to review; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive compensation at no cost to you.
All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (April 7, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
For fans of Julia Keller and Sheena Kamal, All We Buried (A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery) disturbs the long-sleeping secrets of a small Washington State mountain town.
Interim sheriff Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake in Collier, Washington. For the longest time, she chalked it up to an overactive imagination as a kid. Then the report arrives. In the woods of the Cascade mountain range, right in her jurisdiction, a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier. When the body is extricated and revealed, no one can identify Jane Doe. But someone must know the woman, so why aren’t they coming forward?
Bet has been sitting as the interim sheriff of this tiny town in the ill-fitting shoes of her late father and predecessor. With the nightmare on her heels, Bet decided to build a life for herself in Los Angeles, but now it’s time to confront the tragic history of Collier. The more she learns, the more Bet realizes she doesn’t know the townspeople of Collier as well as she thought, and nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
My review of All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery
I absolutely loved All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery! If you love a good suspenseful mystery, you’ll love it too! Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has been acting sheriff since her dad died though she’s not sure her heart is in it. She was ready to take the fast track to detective in Los Angeles, but she couldn’t abandon her dad when he asked her to come home. He passed away shortly after Bet’s return, so she felt she had no choice but to stay and honor his wishes. She’s still unsure about the future when a man comes into the sheriff’s office claiming he found a body in the lake.
Bet follows the man to the lake and the body, and from that point on, you’ll be hooked. I couldn’t stop reading this thrilling mystery! The atmosphere in the small town of Collier, Washington in All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery feels dark and shadowy. It fits this book perfectly. You never know who is watching (maybe ghosts!), and things feel just out of reach. Bet isn’t sure who she can trust; however, she follows her instincts and begins to discern who she can count on in the case.
I did not want this book to end! Of course, all books have to end at some point, and I loved the ending, but it’s just so exciting! The pacing is perfect; the characters are well developed; and the mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat. I am totally invested in these characters, and I can’t wait to read another Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery!
About the Author
Elena Taylor spent several years working in theater as a playwright, director, designer, and educator before turning her storytelling skills to fiction. Her first series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, written under the name Elena Hartwell, introduced a quirky mother/daughter crime-fighting duo.
With All We Buried, Elena returns to her dramatic roots and brings readers a much more serious and atmospheric novel. Located in her beloved Washington State, Elena uses her connection to the environment to produce a forbidding story of small-town secrets and things that won’t stay buried.
Elena is also a senior editor with Allegory Editing, a developmental editing house, where she works one-on-one with writers to shape and polish manuscripts, short stories, and plays. If you’d like to work with Elena, visit www.allegoryediting.com.
When she’s not writing or coaching writing, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their cats, Coal Train and Cocoa. Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
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