Once You Go This Far

Once You Go This Far

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"Shamus-Award-winning author Kristen Lepionka plunges back into danger in her next exciting mystery featuring PI Roxane Weary. Junior-high school nurse Rebecca Newsome was an experienced hiker, until she plummeted to her death to the bottom of a ravine in a Columbus metro park. Her daughter, Maggie, doesn't believe it was an accident, and Rebecca's ex-husband is her prime suspect. But he's a well-connected ex-cop and Maggie is certain that's the reason no one will listen to her. Roxane quickly uncovers that the dead woman's ex is definitely a jerk, but is he a murderer? As she pieces together the days before Rebecca died, Roxane finds a series of trips to Detroit and across the border into Windsor, Canada, major withdrawals from her checking account, and more contacts with a casino manager than a middle-aged school nurse from Toledo should reasonably have. When the investigation leads to Leila Hassan, the cunning con artist who got away in What You Want to See, Roxane is determined not to make the same mistake twice by falling for Leila's lies-except she might actually be telling the truth this time. Roxane needs to figure out the connection between Leila, a secretive church group, a women's health organization, and Rebecca's fall in the woods...before a dangerous secret gets someone else killed."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250309372
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm.

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Katie_Dublin
Sep 25, 2020

Great thriller made especially fun by taking place in my home, Columbus. I've been to Highbanks! I've eaten at Starliner Diner! I drive on Bethel and Hudson all the time! But the absolute best part is the Keystone Kult, a perfect send up of Columbus's own homegrown cult, Xenos. Every detail of Keystone is a perfect match to Xenos: starting as a small college newpaper, expanding through ministry houses and home churches, their controlling and abusive treatment of members, even the mysterious drownings. My husband escaped the Xenos cult. After reading an excerpt describing Keystone, he agreed it was a perfect description of Xenos. I rarely have this response to a book, but I would love to talk to Kristen Lepionka. Hello, Columbus Metropolitan Library, please invite this hometown author to speak! This was my first book by Lepionka, but I will definitely be reading the rest of her novels, and highly recommending her to all my Columbus friends!

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lepionk
Jul 10, 2020

Excellent mystery! Real characters, true dialogue, good plotting.

It’s set in Columbus & Toledo, so Ohio residents will be able to put themselves right within the mystery. Roxane Weary is such a real character, with flaws each of us has, and makes the same mistakes each of us does. That is why she such a good character to follow

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