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When long-time White Rock resident Mike Donnelly is found dead at his hunting camp, it appears as if the tragic death was by his own hand. But a gut feeling tells Chief of Police Sam Mason otherwise. Is it any coincidence that Mike’s family farm sits smack in the middle of a parcel of land that greedy Lucas Thorne desperately needs to complete the development of his resort When long-time White Rock resident Mike Donnelly is found dead at his hunting camp, it appears as if the tragic death was by his own hand. But a gut feeling tells Chief of Police Sam Mason otherwise. Is it any coincidence that Mike’s family farm sits smack in the middle of a parcel of land that greedy Lucas Thorne desperately needs to complete the development of his resort? Sam and Sergeant Jody Harris’s line of questioning stirs up a hornet’s nest. When Thorne threatens to expose a secret from Sam’s past, Sam realizes the corruption in White Rock runs deeper than he ever suspected. And when a startling discovery surrounding slain officer Tyler Richardson is brought to light, Sam and Jo discover that you never can tell who might be keeping secrets.


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When long-time White Rock resident Mike Donnelly is found dead at his hunting camp, it appears as if the tragic death was by his own hand. But a gut feeling tells Chief of Police Sam Mason otherwise. Is it any coincidence that Mike’s family farm sits smack in the middle of a parcel of land that greedy Lucas Thorne desperately needs to complete the development of his resort When long-time White Rock resident Mike Donnelly is found dead at his hunting camp, it appears as if the tragic death was by his own hand. But a gut feeling tells Chief of Police Sam Mason otherwise. Is it any coincidence that Mike’s family farm sits smack in the middle of a parcel of land that greedy Lucas Thorne desperately needs to complete the development of his resort? Sam and Sergeant Jody Harris’s line of questioning stirs up a hornet’s nest. When Thorne threatens to expose a secret from Sam’s past, Sam realizes the corruption in White Rock runs deeper than he ever suspected. And when a startling discovery surrounding slain officer Tyler Richardson is brought to light, Sam and Jo discover that you never can tell who might be keeping secrets.

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  1. 4 out of 5

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    This is the 2nd book in the Sam Mason series and it picks up where Telling Lies left off. The mystery of who killed White Rock police Officer Tyler Richardson is still unsolved, but we find out a little more about each of the main characters--Chief Sam Mason, Sergeant Jody (Jo) Harris, Deputy Keith Deckard, and Receptionist/police trainee Reese Hordon. A body is found outside of the Donnelly's cabin, but the road leading to the cabins is gated and only those who have cabins up there have keys to This is the 2nd book in the Sam Mason series and it picks up where Telling Lies left off. The mystery of who killed White Rock police Officer Tyler Richardson is still unsolved, but we find out a little more about each of the main characters--Chief Sam Mason, Sergeant Jody (Jo) Harris, Deputy Keith Deckard, and Receptionist/police trainee Reese Hordon. A body is found outside of the Donnelly's cabin, but the road leading to the cabins is gated and only those who have cabins up there have keys to the gate. Sam and Jo investigate, with the help of K-9 Lucy, but because the body was outside and the vultures have already gotten to it, they can't tell if it was murder or a suicide. As they question one suspect after another trying to solve the Donnelly case, they're also attempting to find out (off the books, of course) the who and why of Tyler's murder. We discover a little more about what Sam and his best friend, P.I. Mick Gervasi, were involved in 20 years ago. We also get a little more information on slimy land developer, Lucas Thorne and pompous mayor, Harley Dupont. The reveal of the solution to the Donnelly case isn't given until almost the very end and was an OMG moment for me. I enjoyed this book, but having read the first book I could've done without the information given about the main characters, since it was basically an exact repeat of the information given in Book #1. That would helpful if you hadn't read Telling Lies (Book #1). I can't wait for the next book in the series because I really want to know who killed Officer Tyler Richardson and want to see Lucas Thorne and Harley Dupont get what's coming to them. This book contains mild cursing, but no profanity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Intrigue grows in this series Book two builds on history we were introduced to in book one. In addition there is a death that needs solving and the relationships between the police officers are changing. Lots of interesting developments here and it makes me glad I found the series after there are several books in as I don’t want to wait to get to book four. Some of the crumbs of information are a bit too vague and some of the reasoning for withholding information seems thin. Can’t decide if it’s t Intrigue grows in this series Book two builds on history we were introduced to in book one. In addition there is a death that needs solving and the relationships between the police officers are changing. Lots of interesting developments here and it makes me glad I found the series after there are several books in as I don’t want to wait to get to book four. Some of the crumbs of information are a bit too vague and some of the reasoning for withholding information seems thin. Can’t decide if it’s the author teasing or if the future plot isn’t quite firm enough yet. Some info in this book doesn’t seem to line up with info from book one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Still easy to read but the almost verbatim repetitions from the first book got very annoying very soon. A good editor would have made sizeable cuts, but then there wouldn't have been enough content to make it even a novella. The mystery was, although simple, good but the main arc about Taylor's death has not made any real advancement which is a shame. And Brian? sorry, I already forgot his name, the half-time cop, well... he's either a master at self-delusion or plain stupid. I'm going through the Still easy to read but the almost verbatim repetitions from the first book got very annoying very soon. A good editor would have made sizeable cuts, but then there wouldn't have been enough content to make it even a novella. The mystery was, although simple, good but the main arc about Taylor's death has not made any real advancement which is a shame. And Brian? sorry, I already forgot his name, the half-time cop, well... he's either a master at self-delusion or plain stupid. I'm going through the third right now, and when I finish it I'll decide if I'll keep reading this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    You definitely want to read book 1 first and hopefully follow quickly with the rest of the series as you are left with cliffhangers (which I don't like) and a lot of characters to remember. Was Mike Donnelly's death a murder or suicide? Vulture activity makes it hard to determine from physical evidence. Police Chief Sam Mason and Sgt. Jody (Jo) Harris have their work cut out for them investigating Mike's final days. Sam finds himself drawn to Jo which will make their working relationship complica You definitely want to read book 1 first and hopefully follow quickly with the rest of the series as you are left with cliffhangers (which I don't like) and a lot of characters to remember. Was Mike Donnelly's death a murder or suicide? Vulture activity makes it hard to determine from physical evidence. Police Chief Sam Mason and Sgt. Jody (Jo) Harris have their work cut out for them investigating Mike's final days. Sam finds himself drawn to Jo which will make their working relationship complicated if they give in to the attraction.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Ok, so I am jumping around in he series, but they work as stand alones with the exception of number of "stock" descriptions and situations that if they continue through out the series will tend to be annoying to hie reader. The over all book is fine for a light mystery set in a small New England town. Thinking back on it the setting and circumstances of the sherriff's job rang a familiar bell, I have run across the same general ones by a different author in a different area of he county. Ok, so I am jumping around in he series, but they work as stand alones with the exception of number of "stock" descriptions and situations that if they continue through out the series will tend to be annoying to hie reader. The over all book is fine for a light mystery set in a small New England town. Thinking back on it the setting and circumstances of the sherriff's job rang a familiar bell, I have run across the same general ones by a different author in a different area of he county.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Mysteries deepen Enjoying this series greatly including the friendship between Sam and Jo. I will be relieved when the time comes for them to discuss their secrets. It's those secrets from the past that are a connecting thread throughout the books as well as solving the death of their fellow officer. The murder mystery in Book 2 was out of the ordinary and kept me guessing. Looking forward to Book 3. Mysteries deepen Enjoying this series greatly including the friendship between Sam and Jo. I will be relieved when the time comes for them to discuss their secrets. It's those secrets from the past that are a connecting thread throughout the books as well as solving the death of their fellow officer. The murder mystery in Book 2 was out of the ordinary and kept me guessing. Looking forward to Book 3.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judi Radtke

    Sam Mason This is going to be a great series with just enough turmoil and mystery to make it a fun read. The characters are human with flaws and decisions that show balancing right versus doing the right thing

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Just as good if not better than the first mystery I love the way Sam and Jo work together they are really in sync with each other. Kevin is still a bit of a mystery but he is young and just not sure who to believe but I'm hoping he bet's on Sam and Jo because I think he would make a good full time cop with them. Lucy as always is the star of the story. Mr Thorne is a total douche and I can't wait for Sam to bring him down as for the illustrious mayor I have a feeling Sam's cousin may one day soo Just as good if not better than the first mystery I love the way Sam and Jo work together they are really in sync with each other. Kevin is still a bit of a mystery but he is young and just not sure who to believe but I'm hoping he bet's on Sam and Jo because I think he would make a good full time cop with them. Lucy as always is the star of the story. Mr Thorne is a total douche and I can't wait for Sam to bring him down as for the illustrious mayor I have a feeling Sam's cousin may one day soon get justice for what happened to her all those years ago. I love that Tyler's case is an ongoing link between the books and each new clue gives a new insight to their fallen cop, I can't wait to find out what happens next. I'm loving this series for the mysteries, the small picturesque town and the amazing characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Well I did not see that coming! This book two smacked me right up the side of my head! Already familiar with most of the characters it was so easy to pick up where TELLING LIES left off. This author is very well versed in police procedures and has a good grip on personality types and what motives people to do what they do. Shocking, stunning and suspenseful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Sam and Jo are called to the scene of a murder on a property that abuts a large development that the owner does not want to sell. We learn a little more about both Sam's and Jo's backgrounds. And Kevin is having serious doubts about his side income job. Once again Leighann Dobbs draws you into her stories with vibrant descriptions, and characters that make you wish you were in the middle of the story with them. Sam and Jo are called to the scene of a murder on a property that abuts a large development that the owner does not want to sell. We learn a little more about both Sam's and Jo's backgrounds. And Kevin is having serious doubts about his side income job. Once again Leighann Dobbs draws you into her stories with vibrant descriptions, and characters that make you wish you were in the middle of the story with them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Keep Me On My Toes Can't wait to read the next in this series! Who, what when, where and why questions - just when you think you have answers, BANG! There is another twist or turn. Got to let you go so I can get started on the next one Keep Me On My Toes Can't wait to read the next in this series! Who, what when, where and why questions - just when you think you have answers, BANG! There is another twist or turn. Got to let you go so I can get started on the next one

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    This was the second story in the Sam Mason series. This time Sam and Jo are investigating what appears to be a suicide at first. However, too many things don't add up. True, the man's wife was in the last stages of her cancer and could go any time and she'd told them her husband had been depressed about losing her, but Sam can't help but think there was more to the story than what she's telling them. I can't tell you what Sam discovers without giving everything away but there's a twist that caug This was the second story in the Sam Mason series. This time Sam and Jo are investigating what appears to be a suicide at first. However, too many things don't add up. True, the man's wife was in the last stages of her cancer and could go any time and she'd told them her husband had been depressed about losing her, but Sam can't help but think there was more to the story than what she's telling them. I can't tell you what Sam discovers without giving everything away but there's a twist that caught me completely off guard. I wasn't expecting it at all. There is also the strange behavior from part-time deputy, Kevin. We learned in the first book that Kevin was being paid by someone to collect information on Sam. And Jo has a secret reason for her arrival in town a couple of years ago. This was a very well written story that kept me guessing until the end. The characters are likeable and the additional storylines give you more than one reason to finish the book. A solid four stars for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Freas

    This book was a step above the first one in the series. The solution to the crime here was not ‘out of the blue’ like in the first book but the answer was in front of the main characters too long before they made the connection and reason behind the murder came only partly from the main characters’ work. And how they found it out was a bit of cliché. The on-going friction between Sam and Mayor Dupont and Thorne continues and takes a step or two in a new direction while the relationship between Sam This book was a step above the first one in the series. The solution to the crime here was not ‘out of the blue’ like in the first book but the answer was in front of the main characters too long before they made the connection and reason behind the murder came only partly from the main characters’ work. And how they found it out was a bit of cliché. The on-going friction between Sam and Mayor Dupont and Thorne continues and takes a step or two in a new direction while the relationship between Sam and Jo has taken a step forward. It’s nice to see a storyline where a relationship like this evolves instead of going from co-workers to bedmates over 1 chapter. Before reading this book, I read one by a well-known, successful author that slogged through almost 400 pages telling a story that wasn’t half as good as the one told in a hundred fewer pages here. I’ll definitely read the next book in this series when it comes out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    This is the second book in this series. I read book #1 and thoroughly en;joyed it. In book #2, Chief of Police, Sam Mason must determine if one of his residents was murdered or committed suicide. He has his trustworthy deputy by his side. There is a distrust of the part time deputy, Kevin. Both Sam and Jo are dealing with the death of their trusted deputy and friend Tyler. There is also , Lucy, the K9 found in book #1. Sam and his friend Mick share a secret from 20+ years ago they hope doesn’t r This is the second book in this series. I read book #1 and thoroughly en;joyed it. In book #2, Chief of Police, Sam Mason must determine if one of his residents was murdered or committed suicide. He has his trustworthy deputy by his side. There is a distrust of the part time deputy, Kevin. Both Sam and Jo are dealing with the death of their trusted deputy and friend Tyler. There is also , Lucy, the K9 found in book #1. Sam and his friend Mick share a secret from 20+ years ago they hope doesn’t resurface. But the mayor and a developer want to buy people’s lands and develop this small country town into a casino resort. The book deals with Sam and Jo trying to solve the murder or was it suicide. The book is easy reading and the characters and plot will keep your interest to the end. There is a book #3.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    What is the secret? I am so caught up in this series. I want to know what the mayor is hiding, I want to know who Kevin is working for, and I really want to know what Tyler was up to, but before we can get those answers we have to solve the murder of Mike Donnelly. Why was he killed? Who wanted him dead? Is it because of the land? Who inherits? All good questions and Sam will find them with the help of Jo, Reese, Lucy, and even Kevin, though I am not sure they should trust him. We also get a little What is the secret? I am so caught up in this series. I want to know what the mayor is hiding, I want to know who Kevin is working for, and I really want to know what Tyler was up to, but before we can get those answers we have to solve the murder of Mike Donnelly. Why was he killed? Who wanted him dead? Is it because of the land? Who inherits? All good questions and Sam will find them with the help of Jo, Reese, Lucy, and even Kevin, though I am not sure they should trust him. We also get a little bit more background on Sam and what he is hiding. He also gets threatened by his past. I wonder what happened. Cannot wait for the next book to get here so I can find out my questions, hopefully,

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott aka Curmudgeon

    Good clean mystery I read number one of the series ‘Telling Lies’ over three years ago and enjoyed it. Why I didn’t jump on number 2 ‘Keeping Secrets’ right away I do not remember, but I’m wishing I did as my memory is foggy on some of the plots from ‘Telling Lies’ But it didn’t spoil the entertainment of ‘Keeping Secrets.’ Which I give a big recommend but also recommend reading ‘Telling Lies’ first. I do plan on downloading number 3 ‘Exposing Truths’ soon as I ‘m done writing this review, I’m no Good clean mystery I read number one of the series ‘Telling Lies’ over three years ago and enjoyed it. Why I didn’t jump on number 2 ‘Keeping Secrets’ right away I do not remember, but I’m wishing I did as my memory is foggy on some of the plots from ‘Telling Lies’ But it didn’t spoil the entertainment of ‘Keeping Secrets.’ Which I give a big recommend but also recommend reading ‘Telling Lies’ first. I do plan on downloading number 3 ‘Exposing Truths’ soon as I ‘m done writing this review, I’m not good at writing reviews but will say this one had me guessing wrong until the end. It was a clean read (no sex, profanity,etc) which is hard to find these days.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the 2nd in the series. The main characters, Sam and Jo , are still investigating Deputy Tyler's murder on the sly and looking into the death of one of the towns people. They are not sure if it is murder or suicide and they have a heck of a time trying to figure it. They have a dying spouse and 2 kids due to inherit and another child knew about as well. It is interesting to read how their minds work. Had me guessing right up to the end and then I guessed wrong. Looking forward to reading This is the 2nd in the series. The main characters, Sam and Jo , are still investigating Deputy Tyler's murder on the sly and looking into the death of one of the towns people. They are not sure if it is murder or suicide and they have a heck of a time trying to figure it. They have a dying spouse and 2 kids due to inherit and another child knew about as well. It is interesting to read how their minds work. Had me guessing right up to the end and then I guessed wrong. Looking forward to reading more adventures.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    3.6 out of 5 stars This was a light and easy read. I did skip book one on accident but was able to piece together enough missing parts to figure out what was going on. The mystery in this book was well developed and kept me guessing throughout. The plot and characters were well developed, keeping the pages turning. I will defiantly go looking for book one to see what I missed. Overall this seems like well-developed mystery series and would recommend it to mystery lovers, although I suggest readin 3.6 out of 5 stars This was a light and easy read. I did skip book one on accident but was able to piece together enough missing parts to figure out what was going on. The mystery in this book was well developed and kept me guessing throughout. The plot and characters were well developed, keeping the pages turning. I will defiantly go looking for book one to see what I missed. Overall this seems like well-developed mystery series and would recommend it to mystery lovers, although I suggest reading book one first.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Picking up from book I Sam looking at finding another full time person, they were understaffed and missed Tyler. None of the applicants interested him, would an in person interview help him decide. A call of a moose running pass homes up at the lumber camp area, finding what little was left of Mike. A development of securing land rather owners wanted to or not was happening in this small community. With Mikes land in the middle of what Lucas Thorne needed to finish his resort. Good flowing plot Picking up from book I Sam looking at finding another full time person, they were understaffed and missed Tyler. None of the applicants interested him, would an in person interview help him decide. A call of a moose running pass homes up at the lumber camp area, finding what little was left of Mike. A development of securing land rather owners wanted to or not was happening in this small community. With Mikes land in the middle of what Lucas Thorne needed to finish his resort. Good flowing plot to find the killer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve Alexander

    Well written This book did not repeat the same possible scenarios over and over. It also did not have some unbelievable circumstances lead to one of the protagonists almost getting killed because they left without a cell phone or it was run down when they forgot to charge it. In fact, nobody almost got killed. They just solved the one murder. It has a nice set of believable characters. It solves the current mystery while leaving an opening for the next one. I enjoyed it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pat Welte

    I loved this book, L. A. Dobbs has done a great job in the first 2 books in this series. Very different from other books by her, it's nice to see books a little different from an authors' usual stories. The story moves along at a good pace. I am still waiting to find out who murdered Tyler but I am not as impatient to see the next book as I usually am. Don't get me wrong I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and I hope it is not the last of this series. I loved this book, L. A. Dobbs has done a great job in the first 2 books in this series. Very different from other books by her, it's nice to see books a little different from an authors' usual stories. The story moves along at a good pace. I am still waiting to find out who murdered Tyler but I am not as impatient to see the next book as I usually am. Don't get me wrong I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and I hope it is not the last of this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Loveday

    Murder or suicide? The second book in the Sam Mason series has the Chief and his Sgt of a small New Hampshire town looking into the death of an older man at his camp. The condition of the body makes everything about the case more difficult. Was it murder or suicide? At the same time the mayor and a contractor are trying to bring the big city to the peaceful rural town. Are they at all responsible for the death?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    "Keeping Secrets" by Leighann Dobbs is what I'd consider a small town murder mystery that features a gritty chief of police, his strong willed female detective and an assortment of homey townspeople who all play a role in solving a suspicious suicide turned murder. The story's plot is pretty well thought out but the dialog between the characters is a little to stiff to be believable. I'd say this one is okay but not great. "Keeping Secrets" by Leighann Dobbs is what I'd consider a small town murder mystery that features a gritty chief of police, his strong willed female detective and an assortment of homey townspeople who all play a role in solving a suspicious suicide turned murder. The story's plot is pretty well thought out but the dialog between the characters is a little to stiff to be believable. I'd say this one is okay but not great.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    I don't see how reading the first book would make a difference in how I feel about this book. And I am mystified by the 4 and 5 star ratings it received. I must be missing something but I felt the prose was stilted and the plot dull and I struggled to finish it. I don't care about any of these characters and care less about the unsolved mystery that I'm sure carries over to the next book that I will not read. I don't see how reading the first book would make a difference in how I feel about this book. And I am mystified by the 4 and 5 star ratings it received. I must be missing something but I felt the prose was stilted and the plot dull and I struggled to finish it. I don't care about any of these characters and care less about the unsolved mystery that I'm sure carries over to the next book that I will not read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Susan J Bociek

    Light and easy reading The story of Sam and Jo remains to be continued. An easy reading murder story with enough unresolved issues to lead straight in to another book. Lucy the dog is a welcome addition and I feel sure she will play an important part in solving future crimes. What will happen about the thing that happened 20 years ago? What will Kevin decide to do? Guess we have to get the next book !

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Woodburn

    Another cliffhanger? Read this book and really enjoyed it till it suddenly ended with a part of the story to be continued in the next book that I have to purchase. This is the third time I have been caught in this kind of series but no more. What ever happened to just completing a book? I feel manipulated and will avoid these kinds of stories in the future. It had possibilities, good writing, but no ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    That ending! Lucy is one heck of a k9. Jo and Sam have a new case while still working on who shot their former colleague. Suspicion abounds with untruths and secrets though between multiple townspeople. The mayor is a schmuck and all the characters are complex. The writing was perfectly paced and engaging. The storyline was interesting and the suspense had me questioning until the end. Great read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Super read! Second I this series did not disappoint! L A Dobbs is extremely capable of weaving an intriguing story and plot line. So much going on but it all seamlessly comes together- yet stays separate. This story kept me guessing and help my interest. It can be read as a stand-alone as the author gives enough background information but you will do yourself a disservice by not starting at the first book. The plot thickens in the back stories...I’m hooked!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Strauss

    Nice Characters, Weak Story! Again, I enjoy the characters and setting of this series, but the storyline lacks intrigue, mystery and is way too simplistic! Also missed Lucy's involvement in the story except superficially. The ending was so anticlimactic as to be boring, so the only reason to keep reading the series would be the "Thorne" hook but I'm not sure that's enough to get through the mundane writing! Nice Characters, Weak Story! Again, I enjoy the characters and setting of this series, but the storyline lacks intrigue, mystery and is way too simplistic! Also missed Lucy's involvement in the story except superficially. The ending was so anticlimactic as to be boring, so the only reason to keep reading the series would be the "Thorne" hook but I'm not sure that's enough to get through the mundane writing!

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