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A Killing in the Hills
A Killing in the Hills | Julia Keller
Prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins and her estranged teenage daughter, Carla, try to protect their town and each other in the aftermath of a shocking triple murder committed by an unknown shooter whose identity is gradually realized by Carla.
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Pamwurtzler
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I‘m not doing so well at this challenge (and a few others), but here‘s #WestVirginia. I did like this book - the story was engrossing and the descriptions of the WV scenery were terrific. #ReadingUSA2019

squirrelbrain Sounds good - I can‘t remember if I still need WV or not - I‘ll have to check when I get home.... 3w
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too! 3w
BarbaraBB I do need WV, thanks for the recommendation! 3w
Librarybelle Awesome! 3w
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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I don't quit books. I just don't. I quit this one. Keller has a beautiful voice & is no doubt a talented writer, but this book frustrated me. 50% of the way through & she's still describing every little detail, telling the back story of every minor character, repeating herself over & over, yet the plot has gone NO WHERE! When I realized I'd given up & was merely skimming, I decided to bail.

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Moving on to A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller, a book set in my home state of WV.

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Amie
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I'm giving this a pick because I liked it in spite quite a few flaws. I think it's the tone and setting that I liked, and I was engrossed in the story even though the mystery was pretty weak. If you read it, be prepared to skim a bit when it gets too wordy and overdoes the similes. Also be prepared to feel depressed at the end. I'm really selling this one, aren't I?

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Lisas.Library
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Thank you so much @cathysaid for the books and the cat toys! I‘m so glad I won the giveaway (and surprises), I can‘t wait to read these books.

zzz You could almost miss the cat in this pic 😂🐈 1y
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GuiltyFeat
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Panpan

This was utterly horrible. Every paragraph felt like a sentence written in draft format, then written again in the longest form possible and then written one more time for luck. I'm not sure if the editor was supposed to choose, but they seem to have all made the final version. I have never been so exhausted by dreary, expository nonsense with every point hammered home with a wrecking ball. Manipulative, boring, repetitive and just plain shite.

Suet624 Ugh. 2y
emilyhaldi Lol, love this review 😆 2y
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anygivenmemory
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Mehso-so

Pretty good. Some of the WV stereotypes got to me. Especially since the author is from WV. Some of it spoke really accurate too though. The mystery itself was decent.

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cathysaid
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More between a pick and a so-so because I guessed "who-done-it" early on in the story (and trust me, it ain't 'cause I'm such a crack detective ? ). Murder, drugs and betrayal in the hills of a West Virginia town. Fast paced and entertaining but a bit formulaic and predictable. 3/5 ⭐️ #crime #debut

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Bookishgal71
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Reading this for a book club at my local library...
"It was also an ugly place, a place riddled with violence – the special kind of violence that follows poverty, the way a mean dog slinks along behind its master."

TheWordJar This has been on my TBR since it came out. I always enjoyed her pieces in the Tribune. 2y
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miamorswife
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4/5 stars

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MMenefee
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Julia Keller, who my photo managed to make look ghostly, is not only an excellent author but also a fantastic speaker.

BookishMarginalia Ghostliness seems fitting this time of year 😜 3y
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MMenefee
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This weekend!

BookishFeminist Oh! Pat Rothfuss! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Patrick Rothfuss!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 3y
BeththeBookDragon Pat AND Erik!! 3y
MMenefee @BookishFeminist @CherylDeFranceschi @bethfriedman906 I've never read Rothfuss, but I'm planning on seeing him (and he's in my tbr). His presentation will discuss why reading is important to writers. 3y
Notmacaroniandcheese Seriously debating if I should cancel my weekend plans for this! 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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#augustphotochallenge day 26. For under hyped books, I would choose Julia Keller's Bell Elkins series. This is a great series with an interesting, flawed female protagonist and good supporting characters. I feel like the books are almost hard to find at times even though they are recent and that is a tragedy. I think Keller is tops!

MMenefee I second your post! Love this series. 3y
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Karenlovesbooks
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#recommendsday Julia Keller's Bell Elkins series is very good! They offer a very realistic look at what is happening in small Appalachian towns. West Virginia has some beautiful places, but Bell Elkins has to deal with the crimes taking place in her mountains. I recommend reading the series in order. The picture is of the New River Gorge in December.

[DELETED] 2232195534 I love this series so much!! Agree with all you said and highly recommend it as well. Love Bell! 3y
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CaseyDula
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I love when I internally shout "I did not see that coming" at the end of a book. I thought I knew who the guilty person was and 30 pages till the end, I was completely flabbergasted! I will be picking up the next book in the series.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Yay!!! I've enjoyed all the books in the series! You guys try not to have too much fun without me tonight! 3y
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A Killing in the Hills | Julia Keller
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My mystery book group meets next week. The August theme is 'books set in states along the Appalachian Trail'. I read all the books in the Bell Elkins series, written by Julia Keller. There are 4 at this point and the 5th comes out soon. Set in West Virginia, these books include a strong main character and a vivid sense of place. Recommended!

LivinginaLibrary This sounds like a series I'd love! 3y
Suzze I'll have to try that series! One series I love is the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. Mike is a game warden in Maine. I mention it, because the one I finished during the Readathon, Precipice, is about a search for missing hikers on the AT. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 @LivinginaLibrary I think you might like this. Bell is a prosecuting attorney and goes home to WV to give back to the region she loves. She has had some dark things in her life. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 @Suzze The Doiron series is one I've heard really good things about. Hope to start it before long! 3y
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