Summer of the Dead

Summer of the Dead

High summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia but no one's enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her...

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Title:Summer of the Dead
Author:Julia Keller
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Summer of the Dead Reviews

  • Richard
    This is crime literature at its best; strong on plot but all about ordinary people and their relationships. Bell Elkins has returned to her 'home' Acker's Gap in Reythune County to serve as their prosecuting attorney alongside her childhood friend Sheriff Nick Fogelsong. During a simmering hot Summe...
  • Jo
    County prosecutor Belfa Elkins faces many personal and professional challenges in Julia Keller’s third mystery, Summer of the Dead. Bell’s sister Shirley is living with her while trying to piece together a new life after spending 30 years in prison for killing their abusive father. Bell?...
  • Christine
    This is the third Bell Elkins novel. I have previously read ‘A Killing in the Hills’ and ‘Bitter River’. I fell in love with Bell and the wonderful writing style of Julia Keller.On this occasion, we meet coal miner’s daughter, nineteen year old Lindy. Lindy is now a carer fo...
  • Kristen
    In Julia Keller's The Season of the Dead, the 3rd installment in the Bell Elkins thriller series, it was one hot summer when the crime rate went up a notch. For Bell Elkins, the county prosecutor for Acker's Gap, West Virginia, she had a full plate on her hands. First her sister Shirley has been rel...
  • Vivian
    3.5 star readIt's summer time in Ackers Gap, West Virginia and the heat is oppressive. If dealing with the summer heat wasn't bad enough, Bell Elkins and the residents of Acker's Gap, West Virginia are also dealing with the fear left behind from a senseless murder. It's only been a few months since ...
  • Vicki
    Very mixed; probably 2.5. Keller is a lovely writer, very evocative, clearly loves words and descriptions. For 3/4 of the book, I was hooked but I found myself skimming the last 1/4. I think in part because I was getting tired of the constant descriptions of a place that she tries to make relatable ...
  • Carol
    The Hook - Catching up on Bell Elkins Series by Julia Keller.The Line(s) – ”Bell wandered over to the window. The brown drapes were tied off on either side. She looked out through the clear glass but didn’t see a thing; she was too preoccupied. How was it that you could look out a win...
  • Judy Hilvers
    Julia Keller was the literary critic for the Chicago Tribune. I valued her perspectives and, after reading books she reviewed, found I most often agreed with her critiques and observations. Since she began releasing her own books I have purchased and read each. The third, like the first two, is well...

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