Win a Copy of ‘Splintered Silence’
By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
December 3, 2020

Susan Furlong, a mystery writer from the Peoria Diocese, has donated an autographed copy of “Splintered Silence” to give to a reader of The Observer.

The book, as Tom Dermody says in his review (see page 7) isn’t likely to be on a Catholic bookstore shelf. But it will be on the shelves of many fans of crime fiction.

The book, the first in a series about Irish Travellers who live in the U.S., falls on the darker side of crime fiction. The well-written and engaging story details not only a murder but the difficulties of dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.

I recommend the book to fans of Sara Paretsky, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark and other authors of more realistic mysteries.

For those who prefer their murders on the lighter side, Furlong’s Georgia Peach Mysteries, starting with “Peaches and Scream,” are quick fun reading. We don’t have a copy of that to give away, but at least one area library has the audio books, and more may have them in other formats.

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