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Wrong Alibi

Wrong Alibi

Large Print - 2021 | Large print edition.
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Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Wheeler Publishing,, 2021.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432885038
Characteristics: 523 pages


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Jan 20, 2021

Since having been convicted of a double murder and escaping during a landslide, Evie has been living as Petie at the isolated Midnight Sun Fishing Camp. There she learned the skills of hospitality as well as deep research that includes finding stolen antiquities and finding lost people. After searching for and finding loyal customer, Jeen Lee's missing son, Jeen offers Evie help in finding the man responsible for the double murder and clearing her name. Evie takes Jeen up on her offer when she discovers that the murderer is dating her mother.

Wrong Alibi develops a very interesting premise of a woman wrongly accused, but it starts to go off the rails with the character of Zone Jameson - the husband and father of the victims in the double murder. Much of what happens with his character isn't very believable. Also, other than Evie's feelings of isolation, most of the emotions in the story don't ring true, leaving a feeling of detachment from the characters. Overall, this is a decent mystery that could have been so much better.

Jan 14, 2021

July 3, Received ARC. 1:05 a.m. Read from 1:05am to 3:30 am. Fall asleep 3 hours on couch, resume reading. WORTH STAYING UP ALL NIGHT to read.
A naïve girl, former gang member, one who has decides to straighten herself out by getting a degree while in juvie. Nineteen years old, Evie Jones is so young, while being tragically old. Evie takes a job in Rockin, Alaska with a man named Donald White. Evie’s mom and sister are now living in Rockin. She hopes to eventually to contact them to show she has started to turn her life around. Instead she is framed for a heinous double murder, one that is brutal and unforgivable.
In an incredibly lucky moment, at least for her, Evie escapes on her way to prison.
Evie completes her escape by eventually landing at a remote, but luxurious wilderness camp. Besides her summer duties, Evie serves as the winter caretaker. During the long winter months, Evie learns new skill sets. For eight years, Evie searches on-line for the man, Donald White, who set her up, the man everyone insists does not exist. The man who makes her feel like a classic case of TSTL. Except Evie still exists, and is doing rather well; at least for someone hiding out in the extremes of the Alaska wilderness.
Eventually Evie finds White at the worst possible place. All Evie cares about is getting to White. At the same time, others are gunning for Evie with hatred equal to anything Evie feels for White.
First lesson learned in Wrong Alibi, know your friends, I mean really know them.
Second lesson, nature isn’t really trying to kill you. It just seems that way if you aren’t paying attention.
Third lesson learned, if it seems too good to be true, or if your spidey senses are tap dancing in your head, pay attention. But at the same time, mistakes don’t make you TSTL. Even if you do go into that basement, at least you aren’t wearing a flowing white nightgown. But then again, you are listening to a stuffed bear.
Fourth lesson learned, revenge really is better served cold, or at least served in Alaska.
This was a terrific book of revenge, redemption, and forgiveness. Dodd often writes morality tales, mixed in with her suspense, high adventure and chases.
She hasn’t totally given up on romance, but the romance is usually smoothly incorporated into the story and is not a major feature.
With so many writers my eyes glaze when I start reading the florid descriptions of the setting. Not so with Dodd. Dodd is not florid, she is masterful. I purposely slow down to savor every bit about king salmon fishing, the mountains, and the unimaginable Alaska winters. I have paid particular attention to the settings in every one of Dodd’s books.
I like to think I can figure out Dodd’s twists. Nope, once again she is several steps ahead of me, which helps keep her writing fresh.
Evelyn, Evie, Petie, all the same woman, through the stages of her growth. She gets lucky and grows up; painful to watch the process, but a pleasure nonetheless. I also like that Evie is mixed race. It is mentioned, and then we move on.
Revenge is always such a treat for readers; we are certainly served our share. I won't say this story is as dark as an Alaska winter (not just because it would be too obvious) but it is darker than most of Dodd's books. Dodd was a well regarded romantic/suspense writer before she started leaning more heavily to the suspense side, resulting in the mighty fine series of Virtue Falls and Cape Charade. I really wouldn't miss those books. Looks like the Murder in Alaska series is going to be just as terrific.
Thank you so much for a NetGalley ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. It’s not as if I didn’t warn you up front that I really liked this book. (less)

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