Dead Giveaway ( The Stillwater Trilogy) by Brenda Novak

Dead Giveaway

This is book two of the trilogy. This time we have Clay Montgomery and Allie McCormick.

Every town has its secrets—and Stillwater, Mississippi, has more than most! Starting with a murder almost twenty years ago…

The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago…

And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why. They’re convinced he was murdered—by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay—and his mother and sisters—can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they’re not talking.

Allie McCormick is a cold-case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she’s returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she’s starting over. But when Clay’s powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn’t murder the Reverend Lee Barker.

Maybe Clay’s a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time. And he’s not a cold-blooded killer. At least, that’s what Allie believes—until she finds proof that behind the preacher’s pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.

Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done…


I like Clay very much so when I see that he has his happy ending, I’m very happy for him. He has been Grace’s guardian for years even though she did not live in Stillwater and he still has the guilt that is residing in him when he thought that he failed to protect his little sister from The Reverend’s clutches. Of cos, Grace did not blame him but he took the blame and guard the farm for years. Then came Allie McCormick who used to be a detective and now she transferred to Stillwater to be near her parents and also give some secure comfort to her daughter. But what she did not expect is that falling for the dangerous man, Clay. She believes Clay is innocent but something trigger and alert the authorities that Clay is the perpetrator who murdered his own stepfather. So what is Allie going to do and who is the one framing Clay for murder?


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