Review: ‘False Pretense’ (A Murder in the Mountain Mystery, Book 4) by Heather Day Gilbert

About The Book
Beloved amateur sleuth Tess Spencer returns in this fourth and final Murder in the Mountains mystery.

Tess has her work cut out for her—from her day job at the police station to her nights on the campaign trail with her husband, she’s stretched thin. Her two young children also keep her busy, but thankfully she has a supportive mother-in-law who lives just next door.

When the legendary Mothman makes a terrifying appearance and a local librarian goes missing, Tess feels compelled to get involved, convinced something evil has been unleashed on her little town. Then another woman disappears—this one bearing an eerie resemblance to Tess—and the police receive a cryptic message hinting that a serial killer is on the prowl.

After a nightmarish turn of events completely upends the Spencer family, Tess musters her courage to hunt for the monstrous murderer in the woods…even if she has to walk straight into the Mothman’s lair to do it.

False Pretense brings a stunning and memorable conclusion to the award-winning Murder in the Mountains series

About Heather Day Gilbert

Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather’s realistic characters–no matter what century–feel like best friends. When she’s not plotting stories, this native West Virginian can often be found hanging out with her husband and four children, playing video games, or reading Agatha Christie novels.

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My Rating: 4 Stars!
I both looked forward to and dreaded the release of this book. Looked forward to because I just love this series! Dreaded because I knew this book was the finale of the series. I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters I’ve come to love.

Tess Spencer is a wonderful character, as is her husband. Well, just about everyone is; except the bad guys, that is. And there is definitely a bad guy here. And a creepy thing going on. The legendary Mothman has made an appearance and a woman goes missing. Tess is quite a good amateur sleuth and it seems that this critter may just have set his sights on her. Add that to some upheaval in the Spencer family that is causing a lot of tension and you have a great cozy mystery. It was good to see old friends, and hear about others that feature in another Gilbert series. She ends it well, but I will still very much miss these folks in the little West Virginia town of Buckneck.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.
Publisher: Woodhaven Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2022
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