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Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Bantam Press
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

Elise King is a successful and ambitious detective–or she was before a medical leave left her unsure if she’d ever return to work. She now spends most days watching the growing tensions in her small seaside town of Ebbing–the weekenders renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes.
Elise can only guess what really happens behind closed doors. But Dee Eastwood, her house cleaner, often knows. She’s an invisible presence in many of the houses in town, but she sees and hears everything.
The conflicts boil over when a newcomer wants to put the town on the map with a giant music festival, and two teenagers overdose on drugs. When a man disappears the first night of the festival, Elise is drawn back into her detective work and starts digging for answers. Ebbing is a small town, but it’s full of secrets and hidden connections that run deeper and darker than Elise could have ever imagined. 


My Thoughts

Who doesn’t love a good town mystery with a noisy detective and a giant music festival? I’ll admit that when there’s a mystery involved I am always in!
I’ll start by saying that I have always loved Fiona Barton’s books, the characters have always multiple layers and the story always surprises me, of course this book is no exception. To start with, Elise King, once a detective, can’t stay away from a mystery. Even now that she should rest, she starts investigating the missing of a local, who as you can imagine have a lot of enemies and possible motives to be murdered. And that’s why I love cozy mysteries, you don’t need a serial killer to have a good mystery, just some well developed characters and multiple plots to keep the reader invested in the story.
This is a story that moves with the characters, they are the ones that keep you wanting to know more, it’s true that in the beginning it’s a little bit tricky to follow all the stories, but as you get immersed in the story it’s quite impossible to not want to know more about them, I really hope this will not be the last time we see these characters!
If you are looking for a slow paced story to keep you wondering for hours, this is your next read, believe me!
Ready for “Local Gone Missing”?


About The Author

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in Sussex and south-west France.
Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.
While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most.