Girl on the Run By Daryl Wood Gerber: Review/Giveaway

Apr 9, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Marilyn Meredith, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Marilyn Meredith

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Girl on the Run, along with a link to purchase it.

What a perfectly titled book. The young woman and heroine, Chessa Paxton, is accused of murdering her husband, and run she does, and run and run and run. Not only is she running from the detectives on the case, but from many of those who might be the real killer.

Chessa is the assistant-in-charge of special events for a casino at Lake Tahoe. The tale begins with the kick-off party for the three-day Happily Ever After convention fund raiser for “Making Art Out of Sad Kids,” fixing children’s damaged or deformed faces. For the big party, all the attendees dress as storybook characters, from Red Riding Hood to Captain

Chessa, dressed as Sleeping Beauty, gets sick soon after the party begins. The next thing she knows, she wakes up beside her husband’s dead body. Before Detectives Marcus and Tallchief, sure of her guilt, can arrest her, she flees.

While on the run she remembers more of that dreadful night. She also remembers that she and her husband fought about a secret he was keeping. He wasn’t who she thought he was, which complicates her investigation to clear her name. Along the way, she begins to realize that some of her suspects are people she thought she could trust.

The many unusual characters, the beautiful Lake Tahoe setting, and a spunky and resourceful heroine, make this a must-read mystery. And best of all, there is a surprise ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed Girl on the Run, and recommend it to all who love a well-written mystery.

To enter to win a copy of Girl on the Run, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “run,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 16, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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  1. Yes! Daryl Wood Gerber is a favorite author, and getting into her new series is exciting. It seems a little darker than some of her cozy books, and I love it. Thanks, Daryl!

  2. This book looks great. I love suspense novels! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I am looking forward to reading “Girl on the Run”. This is not Daryl Wood Gerber’s usual type of book. I’m sure it will be as good as her cozy mysteries.
    diannekc8(at)gmail (dot)com

  4. Very intriguing! Can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  5. Great review and can’t wait to read this book by one of my favorite authors in a new genre.

  6. This really does sound good. I have put it on my list…can’t wait to see what Daryl has done with it…Thank you for the review.

  7. I am excited about Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber because I am a fan of her books.
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  8. Great review – and This is a very talented author.

  9. Love it that she is trying a new genre and this one sounds so good. I would love to win and review

  10. I am very curious to read Daryl’s new foray from cozy to suspense. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Great review! Thank you for the opportunity to win – while i usually read many more cozies than suspense, this is an author who will excel at everything she writes, I think!+

  12. We have a winner!


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