Tuesday, August 21, 2012

(118)A Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams

Stranger in the Room 

Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Pages: 320

Private Investigator, Keye Street, is back in Amanda Kyle Williams new novel, Stranger in the Room. The Fourth of July weekend is closing in fast and Keye is looking forward to the quiet long weekend that she has planned with her boyfriend,  Rauser.  Micki is keeping busy doing the usual bail skippers when her cousin Miki comes to her for help.  Someone has broken into her home and she needs Keye to help her figure out who it was and why they were there.  But given Miki's troubled past she is hard pressed to find anyone who believes her.  Keye steps in to appease her, but can't help but wonder if her cousin isn't maybe making things up, or at the very least embellishing.  But when a dead body is found in Miki's home Keye realizes that the threat is really very serious.

 Stranger in the Room has more than just one mystery within it's pages.  For that brief moment in time when Keye was unaware of the seriousness of Miki's situation, she agreed to take on a case in rural Georgia.  A shocking case that will turn your stomach and question humanity.   And as things explode in both cases and while under crushing pressure to solve both cases, Keye's overwhelming need for a drink nearly destroys the sobriety that she has worked so hard to obtain.  Will she be able to keep Miki safe and help Rauser solve the murders?

I absolutely loved Stranger In The Room.  Keye Street is the kind of character that readers love, this reader included.  She is so deeply flawed, yet so very very likable.  Her reaction to what she discovers in rural Georgia is so real that it made me like her (and the author) even more.  So many authors write their characters to be "above" normal, human reactions to situations that would bring a normal person to their knees.  Not Amanda Kyle Williams.  She knows how to keep it real.

Bottom line,  Stranger in the Room is everything a mystery novel is supposed to be.  Dark, gritty, and peppered with dry humor.  And there is even the "bonus" mystery that Amanda Kyle Williams throws in the mix.  If you are looking for a good mystery to sink your teeth into, you must pick up Stranger in the Room!


Sara Bell said...

Oooh this one sounds amazing!

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