All That is Secret

Author: Patricia Raybon

Series: Annalee Spain Mystery #1

Publisher: Tyndale

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A great new mystery series begins!

When theologian professor Annalee Spain receives a cryptic telegram hinting at foul play for her estranged father’s death, she takes a hard look at her life in Chicago and decides that she should follow the trail.  She’s always been daring, known as the colored professor at the bible college, but in 1923, it doesn’t always pay to be daring.  Aboard the train to Denver, trouble manages to find her as someone seems to want to keep her away.  As she explores the events related to her father’s death, she finds a trail that leads to more danger mixed with high-ranking members of the KKK.  Along with colorful supporting characters, Annalee must charter the skills of her favorite literary detective, Sherlock Holmes, if she hopes to find the truth.

I always love getting the start to a new series and mysteries are the best.  This one sets the characters paths for future installments and I just love Annalee Spain.  She has spunk and is daring, but also has times of self-doubt that made her seem human.  There wasn’t a tremendous amount of descriptive scenery set throughout the book, but it did not take way from the story line at all.  There were hints and traces of 1923 Denver, but the mystery is what really drove the story.  I can’t wait to see how the relationship between Jack and Annalee blossoms in the future and I’m curious about how young Eddie will progress and grow as a character.  The book is colorful, exciting, and mysterious; just what anyone needs for these upcoming cold nights.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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