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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Judy Bishop delivers another exciting, macabre mystery in Haunted River, the fifth book of the Detectives Daniels and Remalla Series. Detective Aaron “Rem” Remalla arrives in the small town of Dumont to help his friend, Detective Gordon Daniels, clear his grandfather’s house. A chilling scene involving the possible ghost of a woman found dead twenty-five years ago makes Remalla anxious from the start. Tension rises as another dead body is found along Black River, behind Daniels’s grandfathers’ house. As Rem and Daniels set out to clear their names and that of Daniels’s grandfather, they uncover more deadly secrets that some of the town’s residents want to keep hidden. As more revelations come to light, Rem and Daniels realize they are in greater danger than they initially thought.
With its terrifying past and alarming secrets, the spooky town of Dumont makes a perfect backdrop for the plot. Witty conversations between the detectives are great additions to the story as they temper the tension in the novel. I loved discovering the town’s residents who include a cranky, feisty old woman hell-bent on protecting her grandson, a mysterious sheriff who would rather spend time ghost-chasing than unravel the town’s crooked past, a beautiful woman new to Dumont who hopes to move forward from her past, and two lively fortune-tellers. The story remains tense to the end as the list of suspects increases and more secrets are revealed. It culminates in a hair-raising, shocking scene. Haunted River by Judy Bishop is a rewarding, absorbing read that every fan of murder mysteries should read.