Give Murder A Hand by Beth Prentice

Give Murder HandGoodreads Synopsis

How many secrets can one house hide?

Just when Lizzie thought the only problems she had in life were her crazy family and far too many nightmares, the house reveals yet another secret. This time it’s a skeleton in the back yard. But the unusual thing about this skeleton is that it has an extra hand. Why? Well that’s what Lizzie wants to find out. But nothing is that easy is it?

Plus her drop dead gorgeous boyfriend Riley’s had enough of her nightmares and wants her to get professional help. Only when that professional help comes in the form of a long legged blonde who just happens to be Riley’s ex-girlfriend, Lizzie feels reluctant to reveal her deepest, darkest fears. Especially when her deepest, darkest fear is losing Riley to a long legged blonde ex-girlfriend. But this blonde seems to have a particular interest in Lizzie’s life. Is it just Riley she’s after? Or is there another reason she always seems to be around whenever Lizzie’s life is in danger?

Near misses with death, a super hot policeman with a crush, Grandma’s new boyfriend, a garden full of senior citizens, and Bradley the owner of Westport Tours, all make Lizzie’s life interesting to say the least.

But can she find the truth before the For Sale sign gets hammered into the ground? Or will Lizzie take the secrets to an early grave?


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When I started reading it, I found myself filled with a little disappointment because I do not like reading books written in the first person narrative but because I had already started reading it, I had to finish it.

It did pull me into the story a couple of chapters in.

It’s an amalgamation of mystery, years old crime, family drama, and romance thrown in for good measure.

The mystery was not over the top making me want to pull on my hair or anything rather it was mild and helped me relax after exhausting days. Somehow, I could figure out where the story was heading or what the next scene would entail (and I love it if I can decipher the clues firsthand).

It all started with a skeleton accidentally dug and the pandora box was opened and Lizzie’s life left in chaos. But her family (in all their weirdness) and Riley (the guy she loves and who loves her back) stood by her in all the hurdles being thrown her way.

As for the romance? I loved how it was all the more real with cute moments, fighting, shouting and a healthy dose of jealousy. 😉

The only thing I did not like is the fact that this happens to be book 2 in a series and I read it first. Now, I must scour to get my hands on books 1 and 1.5.

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