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Reviewed by Evelyn Nan Gwartney for Readers' Favorite
Samantha Goode - “Sam" - is a tough Texas Ranger in Leslie Marshman’s novel Goode Over Evil. Sam works at Border Patrol in El Paso and is passionate about stopping the cartels smuggling drugs across the border. When she is called home to attend her grandmother’s funeral in a distant small town where she was born and bred, she must face the harrowing memories of her past. While there, she plans to connect with her dear Uncle Joe, and she will face Clay, her high school sweetheart she had abandoned long ago. She thinks that something shady is going on in the town because of an alarming phone call Uncle Joe made before she arrived. A murder happens, and Sam is determined to stay and find the culprit. During the days of investigation of the murder, she learns much about herself. Her own heart guides her onto a path of confirmation about what is important and what is worth surrendering for truth and justice, and love.
The characters are effectively introduced in the beginning, and readers are introduced to the unique personalities that play on the stage. As the plot filled with lies, manipulations, dark secrets, misunderstandings, and betrayal unfolds, the reader wants answers and is willing to keep turning pages to find them. Marshman’s characters are credible in their assigned roles. Besides having detective skills, Sam has the advantage of knowing and understanding the characters of many of the townspeople. Knowing their hearts, she knows who to trust and who not to trust. The reader is endeared to those worthy of endearment and is riled by evil acts of those who Sam confronts in the course of the murder investigation.