Book Review

‘Uncovering Secrets’ by Barbara Hinske

us bhSTORY: This third book in the beloved Rosemont series (but easily read as a stand-alone) finds Mayor Maggie Martin knee-deep in the financial problems facing Westbury. With a stagnant investigation into the fraud and embezzlement that brought the town to the brink of bankruptcy, Maggie needs results—now. The bad guys, however, are always one step ahead, with bribes and blackmail at their disposal.

Her late husband’s mistress also has an ace to play against Frank Haynes and his cronies. But the woman’s plan for revenge may be derailed by her daughter’s sudden illness. Will Haynes slip through the net once again?

Meanwhile, Maggie is busy planning her wedding as Roman forms an unlikely alliance with a litter of kittens. And Rosemont’s attic gives up its secrets; some welcome, some not. While Maggie delights in a newly discovered collection of vintage silver, Frank Haynes is on a mission to establish his claim to Rosemont. Surprisingly, his cold heart may not be impervious after all.

Dive in as Maggie seeks her silver lining.

REVIEW: Maggie Martin moved from southern California after her husband, Paul, passed away. Now she lives in her beautiful stone manor home Rosemont, in the midwest.  She is engaged to John Allen, a veterinarian.  In addition, she is the Mayor of Westbury.  Her job has been difficult as she is working to clean up past financial fraud and embezzlement that nearly wiped out the town workers’ pension plan.  She has been criticized by many people in town, including the press.  Some people she used to think of as friends seem to be involved in this fraud.  But Maggie is tough and has no intention of stepping down.

Frank Haynes is a big critic of Maggie and is jealous of her owning Rosemont.  He thinks he has found a way for him to claim ownership of Rosemont and is working toward that end.  The man is quite wealthy and somewhat of a philanthropist in town as he supports several good causes.  He seems to to have two faces in that he is somewhat of a crook but has a soft heart.

Another thug in town is Chuck Delgado who served on the town council with Frank Haynes.  Maggie is working to prove that these two men orchestrated the embezzlement scheme.

Frank Haynes’ assistant, Loretta, was having an affair with Maggie’s husband Paul, before he passed away.  Loretta is a single mother with three children, one of whom is becoming progressively sicker with a kidney problem.

Maggie has two grown children, Susan, an attorney who is dating a man who makes her very happy.  In addition, her son Mike, is married and the father of twin daughters.

Rosemont is a huge home and when Maggie has a chance to explore the attic, she finds an enormous cache of silver pieces, many of which are very rare.  She gets it appraised, insured and safely locked away.  Some she will sell, and some keep for her children’s future.

We follow Maggie as she plans for her wedding to John in June.  Her life is never a dull moment.  There is constant work involved in keeping up with her job as mayor, including the in-depth investigation in the town’s fraud and embezzlement problem.  In addition, she has found herself the surrogate mother for a litter of kittens which requires frequent feedings.

This is the third novel of the author’s Rosemont series.  Unfortunately, I have yet to read the first two but I will need to do that soon as I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  I think it would make a terrific TV series.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author


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