Author: Kathleen Hale
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population:
Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer
From the very beginning this book had me. It started with a prologue from some other persons point of view, then there is a news paper article to let you know where the story is starting from.
As soon as Kippy Bushman starts telling her story I am instantly there, I can connect with the Kippy I am being introduced to. I also instantly feel a connection with ruth (the dead friend) from all the stories that Kippy tells about her, until Ruths diary comes into play, then, well Ruth becomes a overly sexed terrible friend.
Ok, so I did guess who the killer was, but you've always got lots of suspects throughout Kippy's 'investigations' that can lead you down many paths of thinking. The police are just all around terrible at their job, of course Kippy had to play investigator, not that she had to try very hard to find clues that lead to foul play and lying.
This book gets a high rating because I could be there in the book, the writing and story telling was nicely paced, and just enough information to connect without being a big fact dump throughout.
4 out of 5