Done Running

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
220 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2018
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Author Biography

Helen Bea Kirk is an american author of mystery, romance and family drama stories. Kirk is involved in her community and is a perpetual student with five novels to her credit and one novelette. Helen Bea enjoys cooking and home improvement ideas. Visit her on Pinterest or her website:

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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Done Running is a sleuth mystery novel written by Helen Bea Kirk. Porsha was fifteen years old when her family fell from financial grace and moved from their palatial digs in Hilldale into much more modest accommodation. As the movers packed away the last of their belongings, Mike, her dad, drew her aside and gave her a present. It was a black leather fanny pack which, he explained, was made of elk leather. He had bought it while he was in Alaska. The gift was an especially bright moment in what was a chaotic and upsetting time. The horses she had developed an instant affinity with were all gone, as was Blade, who had taught her everything she knew about horses and riding, and had shown her how to throw a knife with unerring accuracy. She would put the small knife Blade had given her into that new pack as well as her journal. Browsing through it, she read the scribblings of her five-year-old self as she pondered the changes in circumstance that an unexpected bequest and a well-placed investment had given the family. That was all past now, and very little of that former affluence remained.

Helen Bea Kirk’s sleuth mystery novel, Done Running, is a fast-paced and enthralling story about a young woman who takes a chance on an opportunity and sets out for a new life as a cook in the Alaskan oil fields. Kirk’s insights into the stresses and strains of working in isolation, particularly for a young woman, work so well with her plot in making this story compelling and quite difficult to put down. Done Running also has a sweet and enjoyable romantic thread running through it as well as elements of a family saga, which further add dimension to this well-written story. Her characters are sharply defined and credible. Done Running is highly recommended.