Murder at Granite Falls by Roxanne Rustand was an OK story. Sort of a cozy murder mystery with the focus of the story not on the detective but on the potential murderer. However, I found the sloppy copy editing a bit annoying, especially with references to time and dates.
The worse bit was where several scenes are clearly presented in the wrong order. In the novel, these were round where Carrie is put on unpaid leave. Monday morning happens twice in two different scenes back to back. And, there is a scene between Carrie being let go and Carrie arriving back at her apartment that is clearly out of place. I guess no one noticed in writing and editing the novel.
Another poorly copy edited scene was the wedding which supposedly occurs at the end of August. This, we are told, is two months and 6 days and some hours after the solving of the murder and the last time Carrie sees Logan. Simple counting on my hands tells me that places the exciting climax around the third week of June. This is nonsense as we know Carrie, Penny and Logan watched the 4th of July fireworks together. And, the solving of the murder seems to have taken place either in the first or second week of July.
And, then there is Carrie's gig of teaching summer school beginning in the first week of June. Really? Seems to me summer school is about six week in July and August. Maybe, it's different in Montana? And, art appreciation to fifth graders in a rural school district in the summer? Sounds like a very unlikely teaching gig.
Also, we never get an explanation of who siphoned Carrie's gas. And, why? Presumably, it was Billy. But, if it was Billy, then why didn't he confront Carrie much earlier in the story. If Billy saw Munson hanging around the rafting company offices, then Billy knew where Carrie was. Why did he wait so long? Plot hole.
And, then there was the afternoon hiking trip up to Dante's first cabin. A trip that apparently started in mid-afternoon but still had seven hours of daylight left for a four or five mile hike checking out caves. Seems way too unrealistic / ambitious to me. If Logan's back is really as bad as he makes out, it's hard to imagine that Carrie and Logan would cover much ground at all.
And, why exactly is Logan going to enter the rodeo circuit in mid-July? That is awfully late in the season.
OK, while I liked the story, the plot holes were many and time seems to have been warped in Granite Falls, Montana.
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