About Deadly Keepsakes
A Tori Winters Mystery
by ANITA DICKASON
Categories: Mystery / Women Sleuths
Publisher: Mystic Circle Books
Pages: 360 pages
Publication Date: July 1, 2022
When Tori Winters becomes the star witness in a murder trial, someone tries to kill her. Terrified, she’s not giving the killer a second chance. With all her worldly possessions packed in her car, Tori is on the run. A mysterious phone call about an inheritance leads her to Granbury. After all, who would look for her in a small, quaint Texas town?
Instead, Tori’s life is about to spin into an existence where nothing is as it seems. The historic house she inherits is steeped in secrets from the past. Secrets that may prove deadly. A stranger in a strange town, who can she trust? There is the disinherited step-grandson and the lawyer and his son. What are they hiding?
Tori’s inheritance may not be a blessing when a killer strikes again. It could be her death warrant.
Book Review From The Plain Spoken Pen
To say I’m a fan of Anita Dickason’s work would be an understatement. With Deadly Business, she established herself firmly as one of my favorite authors. (You can see my review of Deadly Business here.) So I had high hopes for Deadly Keepsakes, the first in Dickason’s Tori Winters series . Boy, did she deliver!
In Deadly Keepsakes, we meet Tori Winters, a hospice nurse. She’s in hot water with some questionable characters after she reports the death of one of her patients as suspicious. So when she receives a call from an attorney in Texas, wanting to meet with her, she decides to pull up stakes and meet him in person. Tori leaves town expecting to stay in Granbury, Texas for a few days at most.
Imagine her surprise when she learns about a grandmother she never knew. Even more surprising, this grandmother has left Tori a massive inheritance. The inheritance includes a mansion, built by Tori’s mobster great-grandfather. Word travels fast in small towns, and it soon gets out that Tori may want to stay in Granbury. Suddenly a whole lot of people seem to be trying to persuade her that maybe she should sell.
Tori’s grandmother has left her a message indicating that the house, built by Tori’s mobster great-grandfather, holds secrets. Tori has to figure out what the secrets are and unravel their meaning while dodging ever-escalating attempts to run her off.
The cozy mystery may not be Dickason’s usual genre, but she has written a bang-up good story here. The characters are people you love, hate, or love to hate. Tori hires Mia, Cammie, Tina, and Heidi to help her clean up her new home, but they soon become her girl gang. I love how Mia knows everybody and can hook Tori up with a solution to just about every problem she faces, because isn’t that exactly how small towns are? Can Jonah Greer, Tori’s local legal counsel, be trusted? Is he really advising her to do what he thinks is best, or does he have an ulterior motive? And snobby socialite Myra and her equally snobby daughter, well, my fingers just itched to slap them as I was reading.
And while the story has lighthearted moments, it also hooks you from the start and pulls you along. The action starts in chapter one and doesn’t let up until the big reveal. There was never a moment in this book when I thought, gosh, this story is lagging. To the contrary. I could barely tear myself away from it!
The historical notes at the end of the book were a nice finishing touch. I had never heard of Benny Binion and the Top O’Hill Terrace, and it’s always interesting to learn a little bit about Texas’ colorful characters!
Found family, danger, intrigue, a wonderful cast of characters, and an engaging mystery – sounds like a five-star read to me!
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About Anita Dickason
Award-winning author Anita Dickason is a twenty-two-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. She served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics detective, advanced accident investigator, SWAT tactical officer, and the team’s first female sniper.
Anita’s extensive law enforcement experience and knowledge provide the inspiration for her plots, and characters. She writes about what she knows, cops and crime.
Her works have received multiple awards from Book Viral Millennium Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Literary Titan Book Awards, Independent Author Network Book Awards, and Speak Up Talk Radio Firebird Award.
About the Reviewer
The Plain Spoken Pen
Hi! I’m Lisa, the reader and reviewer behind The Plain-Spoken Pen. I’ve been reading since I was 3 years old, and my mother would probably tell you I started spotting errors in the written word shortly thereafter.
I’m an attorney by education and employment and a word nerd and geek by personal inclination. Mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy are my favorite genres, but I’ll read other things if they catch my attention.
When I’m not working or reading, I enjoy baking, playing the piano, and working on freelance editing projects (want more info? See my “Work With Me” page!). I’m the family CEO of the Nerd Herd, and we call Louisiana home.