Series: Southern Comfort

Avarice by Lisa Clark O’Neill

Posted October 3, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Avarice by Lisa Clark O’NeillAvarice by Lisa Clark O'Neill
Series: Southern Comfort #.6
Published by Self Published on January 9, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 466
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Seventeen years ago, Ainsley Tidwell’s young life was shattered upon her discovery of the body of her murdered cousin, Carly. Now Carly’s sister Sabrina is missing, and Ainsley returns to Dahlonega, Georgia for the first time since the homicide that tore her family apart.

Ainsley must face the ghosts of her past as she tries to repair her present relationship with her remaining family, including Ben Paulson, the county sheriff – who isn’t too keen on having his criminal defense attorney cousin nosing around his investigation. Especially not when Ainsley inadvertently hooks up with Callum Elias, Ben’s high school nemesis and a man with a questionable past.
With Cal’s help, Ainsley begins to piece together the connection between Carly’s murder and Sabrina’s disappearance – a connection that grows stronger as a chain of violent events suggests that someone in Dahlonega is getting very nervous.

As Cal and Ainsley’s relationship heats up, the cold case which has haunted her family for so long shows distinct signs of thawing. But can they solve the mystery – and find Sabrina – before the killer claims another victim?


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Defense attorney Ainsley Tidwell wraps up her latest case only to learn that her beloved cousin, Sabrina Paulson, is missing from her hometown of Dahlonega, Georgia. When Ainsley makes her way home, her detour to the site of Sabrina’s older sister, Carly’s unsolved murder has her confront the prickly new owner of her Grandmother’s house, Callum (Cal) Elias.

For reference, Ainsley works for Jack Wellington in Savannah. She was the one that discovered her cousin Carly’s body when she was 12-years old. Despite that trauma, Ainsley’s a smart, self confident woman completely up for the snappy repartee with Cal. Speaking of that, the witty and funny dialogue is the author’s signature and was in fine form in this story.

The mystery and intrigue surrounding Sabrina’s disappearance was pretty interesting. It’s not a nail-biter throughout but there are some very tense moments near the end. Whether the murder and disappearance of Ainsley’s cousins are connected is another element adding to the mystery. Ainsley and Cal’s relationship was well developed, even though happening quickly. I enjoyed the story and looking forward to the final prequel, Jack’s story.

About Lisa Clark O’Neill

One fine day in the not-too-distant past, Lisa Clark O’Neill left Wittenberg University with a BA in English, which she promptly neglected. After working as an interior designer, decorative artist, and Montessori art teacher (there may have been a BA in art as well,) she finally settled into the role of mother to two very fine children. However, two years of doing the stay-at-home-mom brain cell melt drove her to pull out a pen and one of her old college notebooks. That turned into six manuscripts.

Lisa spent subsequent years avoiding housework by burying her nose in just about every romance novel she could get her hands on, after completely falling in love with the genre. Her own work falls into the romantic suspense sub-genre, with strong comedic undertones.

Lisa currently lives in the Atlanta area with her family, her dog, her cat and her daughter’s pet rabbit. When she isn’t attempting to keep the rabbit from eating the woodwork, she’s hard at work on her next novel.(less)

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