Review: A Killing At The Creek – Nancy Allen

A Killing At The Creek
Print Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Witness Impulse (February 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-n/a
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While delivering a school bus, a woman is savagely murdered. The suspect turns out to be a 15 year old kid. Elsie Arnold and the Prosecutor’s office must build a case against him, while simultaneously avoiding destroying the case through their own mistakes.


Elsie Arnold – City Prosecutor.
Tanner Monroe – Young Man on trial for murder.
Bill Ashcroft – Detective investigating murder.


Ms. Allen in her second novel, set in the Ozark mountains, managed to keep me quite entertained. The book opens with a blood soaked bus and a male figure covered in blood. We can see from this beginning that the male is someone you should be frightened of. He truly gave me the creeps.

The character of Elsie, while likeable, I’m not sure is someone I’d want representing me. She’s so eager to be given a murder case, that at times she crosses the line. She does things that shouldn’t be done out of a need to impress others working on the case.

The character of Tanner Monroe kept me guessing the entire time. Did he do it? Did the other guy he talked about exist? Is he insane or just a great manipulator.

The plot isn’t a mystery in the classical who done it sense, but more of a did he do it, and if so why? But mostly it’s about Elsie, about building the case for murder, and about how fragile a case can be.

Overall, it was a great story, and for all those of you who love the legal thriller, I think you’ll find this book to be right up your alley. So give it a shot, and drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Nancy AllenNancy Allen practiced law for fifteen years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She’s tried over thirty jury cases, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University. Her debut novel, a legal thriller entitled The Code of the Hills, was published in 2014 by HarperCollins/Witness. The second book in her Ozark mystery series is A Killing at the Creek.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Andrea at Witness/Impulse for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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