Review: FALSE TONGUES by Kate Charles

False TonguesFalse Tongues (Callie Anson series) by Kate Charles

Poisoned Pen Press Mystery

Filled with thrills and chills and things that go bump in the night, Charles brings Callie Anson back to the stage with this smart mystery of lost loves, family sagas, friendships, secrets, and enough mistruths to blur the edges and thwart finding whodunit. While most of Callie’s friends live and breathe Facebook, she chooses to live the quiet life as a deacon in the clergy, ignoring social media. But the frenzy of life has a way of finding her. Running parallel to Callie’s foray into the past at a conference at Archbishop Temple House in Cambridge is the discovery of a murdered boy and the investigation by Detective Inspector Neville Stewart. Cyber-bullying, a horrendous trend, is growing is exposed by Charles, revealing its sad outcomes in this well-written book. She is an expert at traversing multiple storylines, moving gracefully from one to another and back again quickly, keeping the reader on point and not thumbing ahead to see what happens next in one of the storylines. What happens next is only a few pages away, a style I particularly like.

Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews in the Oct 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.