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“Graveyard Fields is right down my alley. If you don't have a blast reading this book, I really can't help you." Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of the Quinn Colson mysteries Davis Reed is plagued by the three “A’s”: anger, alcohol, and anxiety. A former Charleston police officer, turned private detective, Davis hopes to gain some respect, self and otherwise, “Graveyard Fields is right down my alley. If you don't have a blast reading this book, I really can't help you." Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of the Quinn Colson mysteries Davis Reed is plagued by the three “A’s”: anger, alcohol, and anxiety. A former Charleston police officer, turned private detective, Davis hopes to gain some respect, self and otherwise, by writing a book. His subject: the true story of a B-25 bomber that crashed on Cold Mountain in western North Carolina just after the end of World War II. From the comfort of a mountain cabin in Cruso, NC Davis spends his days popping anti-anxiety pills, drinking copious amounts of home brewed beer, and not writing a book. But when he discovers a set of keys on a mountain trail, he becomes curious, then obsessed, about finding the rightful owner. With the help of his friend Dale Johnson, a 275 pound local deputy who is full time ornery and part time clever, and Dale’s cousin Floppy, a motor mouthed mechanic with a penchant for conspiracy theories and kleptomania, Davis works to uncover the mystery of the keys while navigating a world of small town secrets, shady characters, 80’s heavy metal, and murder. But Davis has his own secrets and even though he’s escaped to the mountains some bad business in Charleston is beginning to catch up with him. For an anxiety riddled man looking for peace and quiet Davis somehow stumbles into more chaos and crossfire than any amount of beer and pills can alleviate.


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“Graveyard Fields is right down my alley. If you don't have a blast reading this book, I really can't help you." Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of the Quinn Colson mysteries Davis Reed is plagued by the three “A’s”: anger, alcohol, and anxiety. A former Charleston police officer, turned private detective, Davis hopes to gain some respect, self and otherwise, “Graveyard Fields is right down my alley. If you don't have a blast reading this book, I really can't help you." Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of the Quinn Colson mysteries Davis Reed is plagued by the three “A’s”: anger, alcohol, and anxiety. A former Charleston police officer, turned private detective, Davis hopes to gain some respect, self and otherwise, by writing a book. His subject: the true story of a B-25 bomber that crashed on Cold Mountain in western North Carolina just after the end of World War II. From the comfort of a mountain cabin in Cruso, NC Davis spends his days popping anti-anxiety pills, drinking copious amounts of home brewed beer, and not writing a book. But when he discovers a set of keys on a mountain trail, he becomes curious, then obsessed, about finding the rightful owner. With the help of his friend Dale Johnson, a 275 pound local deputy who is full time ornery and part time clever, and Dale’s cousin Floppy, a motor mouthed mechanic with a penchant for conspiracy theories and kleptomania, Davis works to uncover the mystery of the keys while navigating a world of small town secrets, shady characters, 80’s heavy metal, and murder. But Davis has his own secrets and even though he’s escaped to the mountains some bad business in Charleston is beginning to catch up with him. For an anxiety riddled man looking for peace and quiet Davis somehow stumbles into more chaos and crossfire than any amount of beer and pills can alleviate.

30 review for Graveyard Fields

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Tornberg

    Stephen Tingle’s debut novel is fast-paced, fun and suspenseful. The story centers around Davis Reed, an ex cop turned PI who tries to escape his past by moving to a small town to write a book. On a walk he finds a set of keys and suddenly Davies finds himself in deep trouble. . The story is a bit uneven but it has a great start and a thrilling ending. It's the characters that makes this book worth reading. There are some really strong and interesting characters, especially Floppy Johnson who is Stephen Tingle’s debut novel is fast-paced, fun and suspenseful. The story centers around Davis Reed, an ex cop turned PI who tries to escape his past by moving to a small town to write a book. On a walk he finds a set of keys and suddenly Davies finds himself in deep trouble. . The story is a bit uneven but it has a great start and a thrilling ending. It's the characters that makes this book worth reading. There are some really strong and interesting characters, especially Floppy Johnson who is a kleptomaniac and a conspiracy theorist. Overall a solid book that definitely is worth the time to read. Thanks to Steven Tingle, NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for this ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ I really enjoyed this book! I went into this book rather blindly and my gamble worked out. I was hooked by this book early on and once I got into the book just a bit, I did not want to put it down. I was really curious about what was really going on and how this group of characters would figure it all out. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try. Davis is a former officer turned private investigator and it is safe to say t This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ I really enjoyed this book! I went into this book rather blindly and my gamble worked out. I was hooked by this book early on and once I got into the book just a bit, I did not want to put it down. I was really curious about what was really going on and how this group of characters would figure it all out. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try. Davis is a former officer turned private investigator and it is safe to say that he has a few issues. After things go horribly wrong in Charleston, he decides to rent a cabin near Cold Mountain and write a book. He doesn’t get a whole lot of writing done though as he spends much of his time with Dale, the man from who he is renting the cabin. When he comes across a set of keys on a trail, he can’t seem to let the mystery behind them go. Before long, Davis along with Dale, who happens to be a local deputy, are busy trying to figure out who the keys belong to and how they ended up on the trail. The characters in this book were wonderfully done. They all have their flaws, some pretty big flaws at that, but I really felt like they felt authentic. I like that these characters aren’t always serious, they often seem incompetent, and that they were able to surprise me a few times. There were a few moments in the story that I found myself chuckling because I could easily envision some of the crazy things these characters do in their quest to get to the bottom of things. I was drawn into the mystery and I was completely stumped as to how everything would work out. I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a well-crafted mystery filled with wonderful characters that I grew to care about over the course of the story. I love that the author even worked a bit of humor into the novel. I will definitely plan to read more of Steven Tingle’s work in the future. I received an advanced review copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really liked this mystery thriller set in the foothills near Cold Mountain in western North Carolina. The MC, Davis Reed, is a former cop turned PI who is shot while tailing his sister's husband, and goes to a small town named Cruso to recuperate and write a book about a plane crash in 1946. He finds a set of keys while walking a trail, and a lot of action ensues. I thought the characters were really well developed and enjoyed the "bromance" between Dale and Davis. I also liked the premise of g I really liked this mystery thriller set in the foothills near Cold Mountain in western North Carolina. The MC, Davis Reed, is a former cop turned PI who is shot while tailing his sister's husband, and goes to a small town named Cruso to recuperate and write a book about a plane crash in 1946. He finds a set of keys while walking a trail, and a lot of action ensues. I thought the characters were really well developed and enjoyed the "bromance" between Dale and Davis. I also liked the premise of gold hunters and drug dealers, bikers and brewmasters, and small town life. I received an e-ARC of this book by the author and publishing via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    In Steven Tingle’s debut, Graveyard Fields, he takes an inept cop turned equally incompetent private investigator, stomps him into the ground, and turns all of his actions into a tragic comedy. I don’t know when I felt so frustrated with a character, and ended up laughing and rooting for him. Davis Reed’s life is a mess. He made it through training for the Charleston Police Department, but didn’t last a month before his training officer suggested he become a private investigator. He’s not very go In Steven Tingle’s debut, Graveyard Fields, he takes an inept cop turned equally incompetent private investigator, stomps him into the ground, and turns all of his actions into a tragic comedy. I don’t know when I felt so frustrated with a character, and ended up laughing and rooting for him. Davis Reed’s life is a mess. He made it through training for the Charleston Police Department, but didn’t last a month before his training officer suggested he become a private investigator. He’s not very good at that since he has anger and anxiety issues that he manages with too much alcohol combined with Xanax. He’s even living in a room of his sister’s house until she suspects her husband is having an affair and asks Davis to follow him. Davis assures her her husband, Greg, is just a cop working long hours. Then, he follows him to a garage containing drugs and guns. Reed ends up attacking his brother-in-law, until someone shoots Davis in the leg. Let’s just say it’s better for Reed to head to the Great Smoky Mountains. Reed is a lousy PI, but he has aspirations of writing a book about the crash of a B-25 into Cold Mountain. He rents a cabin from Dale Johnson, a local deputy in Cruso, North Carolina, a 275 pound giant who shares Reed’s interest in home-brewed beer and ’80s heavy metal. Reed doesn’t put a word on paper, but he does walk a short distance on a trail in the Pisgah National Forest, hoping for inspiration. All he finds is a ring of keys, but those keys fire up an obsession in him. He wants to know why someone left keys on the trail. When Deputy Johnson and Reed find a BMW in a lot at Graveyard Fields, Davis becomes more obsessed. A key opens the car, but none of the keys open the trunk. It’s a downhill slide for Reed as those keys disappear, reappear, and several people seem to be looking for them. Fueled by beer and Xanax, he can’t let go of his search for answers. It only gets worse when Dale sends him to his cousin, Floppy Johnson, a mechanic whose mouth never stops flapping. Floppy only adds to Reed’s anxiety as he talks of rumors of gold connected to that plane crash into the mountain. But, Reed Davis is on a collision course of his own. His past in Charleston might just catch up with him, and he’s going to need help from the Johnson cousins to survive. Ah, Davis. As I said, his life is a tragedy. He really has nothing going for him, and his dream of being a writer is wishful thinking. But, he makes a good home-brewed beer, and he’s found a loyal friend in Deputy Dale Johnson. And, there are scenes in the last third of the book that will leave you laughing. Tingle’s debut, Graveyard Fields, as I said, is part tragedy, part comedy, and sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference. But, it’s different, and fresh, and it’s fun.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is Steve Tingle's début novel, the first in a series about a former police officer turned private investigator called Davis Reed who is writing a book. Davis was with the Charleston PD but now he is staying in a cabin in the smalltown of Cruso, in the hills of Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, where he is meant to be writing a true story as well as hiding out in the woods as a result of an unfortunate stunt. One day he is out walking and finds a set of keys. His curiosity gets the bet This is Steve Tingle's début novel, the first in a series about a former police officer turned private investigator called Davis Reed who is writing a book. Davis was with the Charleston PD but now he is staying in a cabin in the smalltown of Cruso, in the hills of Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, where he is meant to be writing a true story as well as hiding out in the woods as a result of an unfortunate stunt. One day he is out walking and finds a set of keys. His curiosity gets the better of him and soon, becoming obsessed, he sets out to marry the keys with their owner with the help of a couple of friends. With its swift pacing and enjoyably quirky characters, I found this a refreshing, suspenseful and humorous read. The twists had me guessing to the end of this super mystery. Davis is a deeply flawed, prescription pill-popping, homebrew addict who escapes one mystery only to find himself up to his neck in another. I finished Graveyard Fields hoping I will shortly be reading book two. Disclosure: Thank you to Crooked Lane for providing a digital ARC of Graveyard Fields by Steve Tingle, via Netgalley for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mru Natu

    The book started as a scene in an action-packed thriller movie. Davis, a private detective, is following his BIL on instructions from his sister, who thinks he’s having an affair. But little does Davis know he is running headfirst into a major drug racket. The stunt gets him shot in the leg by a mystery man and forces him to hide in the woods in a secluded cabin. But as destiny would have it, trouble follows Davis into the woods. His detective instincts nudge him to get to the depth of his accid The book started as a scene in an action-packed thriller movie. Davis, a private detective, is following his BIL on instructions from his sister, who thinks he’s having an affair. But little does Davis know he is running headfirst into a major drug racket. The stunt gets him shot in the leg by a mystery man and forces him to hide in the woods in a secluded cabin. But as destiny would have it, trouble follows Davis into the woods. His detective instincts nudge him to get to the depth of his accidental finding of a bunch of keys by the mountain trail and lead him into three more murders, where he becomes the prime suspect. A flawed central character, some fun characters that made you laugh, especially Dale and Floppy, and a riveting plot. Although, the in-between pages from going to the woods up to finding the keys dragged quite a bit. I was pleasantly surprised when the story picked up speed later, and I was hooked like a fish. The story involved a realistic portrayal of Davis’s constant guessing games and theories as to what might have happened leading to the mysterious circumstances. Don’t we all do that? Try to guess what might have happened, putting our detective powers to use. I loved this bit in the story. Quite an engaging read, wouldn’t say it fits the bookish definition of a cozy mystery but, it comes very close, with the small town, intimate community setting, and the amateurish detective in tow. I definitely recommend this book to mystery lovers. 4 stars out of five. Thank you, Netgalley and the author, for the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Gilbert

    This is a mystery/thriller set in the foothills of Cold Mountain in western North Carolina. The main character, Davis Reed, is an ex-cop turned private investigator who tries to escape his past by moving to a small town to “write a novel”. While dealing with anger issues, alcoholism and addiction, Davis finds that there is intrigue, friendship and lots of danger in this small town. I really enjoyed this story! This is a fast-paced, fun book to read on a rainy weekend. I thought the characters we This is a mystery/thriller set in the foothills of Cold Mountain in western North Carolina. The main character, Davis Reed, is an ex-cop turned private investigator who tries to escape his past by moving to a small town to “write a novel”. While dealing with anger issues, alcoholism and addiction, Davis finds that there is intrigue, friendship and lots of danger in this small town. I really enjoyed this story! This is a fast-paced, fun book to read on a rainy weekend. I thought the characters were really well developed and are quite interesting! My favorite being a kleptomaniac and conspiracy theorist!! This is the author’s debut novel but I found that he has an impressive style of writing. The reader is plunged straight into the mystery of Davis’ life before moving and before long another intrigue pops up! I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller! “Maybe I had something to prove. Or maybe I was procrastinating on my book. Or maybe the angel on my shoulder was giving me a distraction to try to lower my beer and pill intake. Whatever the reason, my gut was telling me to go to that house.” ** Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review! ** #PamelaReads2021 #100BooksIn2021 #GraveyardFields #MysteryThriller #NetGalleyARC

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Thanks #netgallery for the read. I lived this book. Good story, dark humor, themes of friendship and betrayal. The author lived in the area so great attention to the descriptions of the area. As someone who grew up in Western North Carolina, I loved this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pamela (audiobook) Palmer

    Great audiobook! I had no idea that this would be funny! The banter between the characters was hilarious! I had a good time with it from beginning to end!

  10. 4 out of 5

    James Doyle

    Davis Reed is an alcoholic, pill-popping former private detective, who moves to a secluded cabin in the mountains, under the guise of writing a novel. What he finds in the small town is intrigue, friendship, and lots of danger. I really enjoyed Graveyard Fields. This is Tingle's debut novel, yet he writes as though he is a seasoned pro. His writing is very impressive. We are thrust straight into the mystery of what happened in his life before moving, and before long, another intrigue arises. I wo Davis Reed is an alcoholic, pill-popping former private detective, who moves to a secluded cabin in the mountains, under the guise of writing a novel. What he finds in the small town is intrigue, friendship, and lots of danger. I really enjoyed Graveyard Fields. This is Tingle's debut novel, yet he writes as though he is a seasoned pro. His writing is very impressive. We are thrust straight into the mystery of what happened in his life before moving, and before long, another intrigue arises. I worried to begin with that I wouldn't like our narrator. I was concerned that he was going to be a clichéd, romantic alcoholic hero. But Tingle is better than that. I felt comfortable living Davis's life. I enjoyed reading about Davis's relationship with his friend, the local deputy Dale Johnson, who is larger than life in all ways. Most importantly, Tingle knows how to handle a mystery. There are enough breadcrumbs for us to wonder, but the reveals are excellent. I will happily read whatever he writes next! Thanks to Steven Tingle, NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for this copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria-Anne

    Davis Reed is a character that slowly grows on you. Yes he has his faults, anger issues, drinking too much, addicted to pain killers and does a lot of stupid things but deep down he is not a bad guy. The story has many twists and turns that keeps you guessing. To avoid his current problems he hides in a cabin on Cold Mountain in North Carolina “to write a book” is the story he tells the locals. Needless to say there isn’t much writing done. He gets involved with the local population with a very Davis Reed is a character that slowly grows on you. Yes he has his faults, anger issues, drinking too much, addicted to pain killers and does a lot of stupid things but deep down he is not a bad guy. The story has many twists and turns that keeps you guessing. To avoid his current problems he hides in a cabin on Cold Mountain in North Carolina “to write a book” is the story he tells the locals. Needless to say there isn’t much writing done. He gets involved with the local population with a very interesting cast of characters. Some parts of the story will have you shaking your head; others will have you laughing out loud. The story is finishing with a surprise and very satisfying ending. Hope there will be a second book about Davis Reed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    There are many things Davis Reed wants to escape when he travels to Cold Mountain in NC. His past with the Charleston police dept is high on the list. While in the mountains of NC Davis wants to write a book about a B-52 bomber that crashed but he cannot seem to get out of his habits such as drinking and dealing with his anxiety. He finds a set of keys on a trail one day that he is determined to find who the owner is. Maybe he just might find more than he bargained for. With the help of the 275 There are many things Davis Reed wants to escape when he travels to Cold Mountain in NC. His past with the Charleston police dept is high on the list. While in the mountains of NC Davis wants to write a book about a B-52 bomber that crashed but he cannot seem to get out of his habits such as drinking and dealing with his anxiety. He finds a set of keys on a trail one day that he is determined to find who the owner is. Maybe he just might find more than he bargained for. With the help of the 275 pound sheriff and his cousin they set out on a mystery that will take them somewhere that no one expected. Are you up for the challenge? I love this book and the characters that the writer has created. They are each different and have a uniqueness to them that brings the story alive. Do not guess to much though because you are never sure where they will lead you. Thank you to netgalley as well as the author for giving me this book in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Schley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A small-town mystery filled with larger than life characters. Tingle brings a certain life to the characters he’s crafted in this mystery. Living in a small town myself, I could so very easily imagine Floppy and Dale Johnson and all of the rest. The star of the show, Davis Reed, is certainly along the lines of a man who is wrestling with his inner demons. He can’t seem to really manage his Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A small-town mystery filled with larger than life characters. Tingle brings a certain life to the characters he’s crafted in this mystery. Living in a small town myself, I could so very easily imagine Floppy and Dale Johnson and all of the rest. The star of the show, Davis Reed, is certainly along the lines of a man who is wrestling with his inner demons. He can’t seem to really manage his anger, drinking, or prescription drug use as he adapts to his cabin near a small town after essentially fleeing Charleston. And yet, when a mysterious set of keys appears he can’t let the mystery go. As he struggles with his demons and a mystery that seems to only get more tangled rather than less, you start to genuinely like this rough-edged character and his sidekicks. The mysteries were interesting, the characters entertaining, and overall it was a good introduction to new character.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ALAN BANKS

    Davis Reed is an ex cop, turned PI who tries to escape his past by moving to a small town to write a book, but he soon get sidetracked when he finds a set of keys and goes about trying to find the rightful owner of these keys, but this then leads to more drama and Chaos for Davis. I found this book to be slow paced at times, but I really like the lead character Davis who has many flaws including an alcohol and prescription pill addiction for his anxiety and a short fuse which gets him into a lot Davis Reed is an ex cop, turned PI who tries to escape his past by moving to a small town to write a book, but he soon get sidetracked when he finds a set of keys and goes about trying to find the rightful owner of these keys, but this then leads to more drama and Chaos for Davis. I found this book to be slow paced at times, but I really like the lead character Davis who has many flaws including an alcohol and prescription pill addiction for his anxiety and a short fuse which gets him into a lot of bother.. I also liked his relationship with his friend Dale Johnson who is a local deputy. There are a few twists and turns in this book and rally enjoyed the 50 or so pages of this book. All in all it was a god debut novel from Steven Tingle I’d like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ilona

    Davis Reed escapes to a cabin on Cold Mountain in North Carolina “to write a book”, in reality he pops pills and drinks home brewed beers, to leave behind issues that involves his brother-in-law and bad apples in the Charleston police department. He befriends a local sheriff deputy, Dale, who also loves home brews and has a love for 80’s music. Davis finds keys, and that unlocks a mystery he cannot help but wants to solve no matter the trouble he gets himself in. I love Floppy (Dale’s cousin, me Davis Reed escapes to a cabin on Cold Mountain in North Carolina “to write a book”, in reality he pops pills and drinks home brewed beers, to leave behind issues that involves his brother-in-law and bad apples in the Charleston police department. He befriends a local sheriff deputy, Dale, who also loves home brews and has a love for 80’s music. Davis finds keys, and that unlocks a mystery he cannot help but wants to solve no matter the trouble he gets himself in. I love Floppy (Dale’s cousin, mechanic and local conspiracy theorist), he just makes me laugh. Looking forward to reading book 2, and find out if Davis can put some his demons to rest. Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I like books with seriously flawed main characters...and Davis Reed certainly fits the bill. He is a former cop who was working as a PI when he discovered his sister's policeman husband in some very shifty business. Now he's in rural North Carolina, supposedly writing a book, but mostly popping pills, home brewing, and drinking beer with his landlord, Deputy Dale Johnson. A set of keys found on a mountain path set Davis on a path to serious trouble. My favorite character in Graveyard Fields is D I like books with seriously flawed main characters...and Davis Reed certainly fits the bill. He is a former cop who was working as a PI when he discovered his sister's policeman husband in some very shifty business. Now he's in rural North Carolina, supposedly writing a book, but mostly popping pills, home brewing, and drinking beer with his landlord, Deputy Dale Johnson. A set of keys found on a mountain path set Davis on a path to serious trouble. My favorite character in Graveyard Fields is Deputy Johnson's scruffy mechanic cousin, a kleptomaniac, conspiracy theorist, and bit of a windbag who reveals hidden talents in the nick of time. Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a truly enjoyable read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Perry

    Superbly written debut where a sometimes comedic relationship blossoms between small town deputy Dale and the books protagonist Davis when he rents Dales secluded cabin up in the mountains of North Carolina. Davis a deeply flawed but likeable ex cop/private eye, pill popping, craft beer obsessive escapes one mystery only to become embroiled in another. The story unfolds to an 80’s Metal soundtrack and brilliantly observed characters that bring to life this enjoyable thriller, I do hope there’s m Superbly written debut where a sometimes comedic relationship blossoms between small town deputy Dale and the books protagonist Davis when he rents Dales secluded cabin up in the mountains of North Carolina. Davis a deeply flawed but likeable ex cop/private eye, pill popping, craft beer obsessive escapes one mystery only to become embroiled in another. The story unfolds to an 80’s Metal soundtrack and brilliantly observed characters that bring to life this enjoyable thriller, I do hope there’s more Davis and Dale stories to come from Tingle.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eva Leppard

    This was a fabulous book. I don’t think I’ve ever consciously sought out a crime book but the title sucked me in, and I stuck around for the lightening fast pace and the enjoyable narrative. Definitely a great read (helped by the fact that I read this whole thing over 2 days laying by a pool) with enough twists and turns to make the yell ‘omg no way’ on more than one occasion. I’ve pledged to look for more crime stories after this one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. Graveyard Fields by Steven Tingle is an engaging mystery with an eclectic cast of characters. Davis Reed is a former police officer turned private eye with an anger issue he self-medicates into submission. He has been living with his sister Laura and her cop husband Greg Evans when a reluctant favor to Laura quickly spins out of control. Now estranged from Laura and recovering from a gunshot wound, Davis heads to a rural town in the North Carolina mountains to ostensibly write a book. I 4.5 stars. Graveyard Fields by Steven Tingle is an engaging mystery with an eclectic cast of characters. Davis Reed is a former police officer turned private eye with an anger issue he self-medicates into submission. He has been living with his sister Laura and her cop husband Greg Evans when a reluctant favor to Laura quickly spins out of control. Now estranged from Laura and recovering from a gunshot wound, Davis heads to a rural town in the North Carolina mountains to ostensibly write a book. In reality, he thinks about writing much more than he actually puts pen to paper. Davis continues his mind-numbing pill popping while swilling beer with his landlord Deputy Dale Johnson. Life gets exciting pretty quickly after Davis finds a set of keys on a mountain trail. Much to Dale’s dismay, Davis insists on returning the keys to the rightful owner. But his search for the owner becomes dangerous as his quest takes a very shocking turn. Davis is frustrating yet unexpectedly likable as he fails to follow through with many of his plans. Which is why it is so surprising when he cannot be dissuaded from trying to find the owner of the keys. Dale is an unlikely sidekick since he is not interested in his friend’s quest. But Davis knows how to convince the Deputy to go along with his ill-thought-out plans. Davis is incredibly complacent yet oddly contemplative as he waits for answers about what happened in Charleston. His one friend on the force keeps him informed about the investigation. Davis also hopes for Laura’s forgiveness about his role in the situation that happened because of his inability to control his anger. Graveyard Fields is fast-paced mystery with a vibrant setting. Davis is a deeply flawed yet appealing character. The secondary cast of characters is quite colorful. The storyline is entertaining and moves at a steady pace. With clever misdirects,  Steven Tingle brings this suspenseful mystery to a very exciting conclusion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    FabBookLife

    Graveyard Fields - Steven Tingle I’m going to be very honest here. This book took me forever to finish because I just couldn’t get invested in the storyline, at least what was supposed to be a storyline. It starts out like an action-packed mystery thriller and then spirals into wasted time discussing home brewed beer. I don’t know how we got here, but we did. And it was brutally boring. Trigger warnings: alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and obsessive foul language. Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5 stars Thank Graveyard Fields - Steven Tingle I’m going to be very honest here. This book took me forever to finish because I just couldn’t get invested in the storyline, at least what was supposed to be a storyline. It starts out like an action-packed mystery thriller and then spirals into wasted time discussing home brewed beer. I don’t know how we got here, but we did. And it was brutally boring. Trigger warnings: alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and obsessive foul language. Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5 stars Thank you to NetGalley & Crooked Lane Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. #BookObsessed #Bookaholic #BooksOfInstagram #Book #Reader #Bookaholic #BookReview #FabBookPicks #Reading #TBR2021 #TBRAugust #TBR #BookWorm #Bookish #BookNerd #Bookshelf #Literature #BOTM #BookOfTheMonth #ReadersOfInstagram #ReadingTime #BookClub #ILoveBooks #FabBookPicks #Arc #ArcReview #CrookedLaneBooks

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Haas

    When I started reading this book that I won from Goodreads I admit I asked myself why am I reading this? It’s about a guy who rents a cabin in the mountains to write a book but instead sits around popping pills and drinking beer! In fact, his whole life is beer. He brews his own beer. There is some mystery involved which is why I entered the contest to win the book. I almost put it down but I kept reading and then there were several twists that kept my interest. Towards the end of the book it re When I started reading this book that I won from Goodreads I admit I asked myself why am I reading this? It’s about a guy who rents a cabin in the mountains to write a book but instead sits around popping pills and drinking beer! In fact, his whole life is beer. He brews his own beer. There is some mystery involved which is why I entered the contest to win the book. I almost put it down but I kept reading and then there were several twists that kept my interest. Towards the end of the book it really takes off and it’s impossible to put down. I wish the whole book was like that but I’m glad I kept reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    PI Davis Reed heads to Cruso, NC, with his anxiety pills and beer (and beer brewing equipment) after being shot, with the idea of writing a book about the plane that crashed into Cold Mountain in 1946. Fighting writer's block, Davis becomes obsessed with finding the owner of a set of keys he finds on a mountain trail. Along with his self-appointed new "best friend" and owner of the cabin, local deputy and 80's metal aficionado Dale Johnson, Davis finds more than he bargained for. Fast-paced with PI Davis Reed heads to Cruso, NC, with his anxiety pills and beer (and beer brewing equipment) after being shot, with the idea of writing a book about the plane that crashed into Cold Mountain in 1946. Fighting writer's block, Davis becomes obsessed with finding the owner of a set of keys he finds on a mountain trail. Along with his self-appointed new "best friend" and owner of the cabin, local deputy and 80's metal aficionado Dale Johnson, Davis finds more than he bargained for. Fast-paced with enjoyably quirky characters, this book is fresh, suspenseful and humorous, with twists that keep you guessing to the end. I finished this book hoping it will be the start of a series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    A first-time novelist Steven Tingle’s Graveyard Fields is the first in a new series, introducing Davis Reed, a private detective with serious personal issues who uses alcohol and drugs to manage. On the pretence of writing a novel, Davis escapes to a mountain cottage to recover from being shot. A car left in a car park at a national park twigs his interest but the local sheriff office is not concerned. So begins a slow building crime tension with a damaged hero who can’t stay away from trouble. A first-time novelist Steven Tingle’s Graveyard Fields is the first in a new series, introducing Davis Reed, a private detective with serious personal issues who uses alcohol and drugs to manage. On the pretence of writing a novel, Davis escapes to a mountain cottage to recover from being shot. A car left in a car park at a national park twigs his interest but the local sheriff office is not concerned. So begins a slow building crime tension with a damaged hero who can’t stay away from trouble. An enjoyable enough story with a three-star rating. With much thanks to T Crooked Lane Books and the author for an uncorrected proof copy for review purposes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Graveyard Fields by Steven Tingle is the first of what I hope will be a long-running series. Private investigator Davis Reed lands in a small North Carolina town hoping to recover from a gunshot wound. He conceives of writing a novel about a plane that crashed into Cold Mountain in the 1940s. During an intense bout of writers' block, Reed finds a set of keys while walking on a wilderness trail. He enlists the help of a local constable, and together they search for the unknown owner. Along the wa Graveyard Fields by Steven Tingle is the first of what I hope will be a long-running series. Private investigator Davis Reed lands in a small North Carolina town hoping to recover from a gunshot wound. He conceives of writing a novel about a plane that crashed into Cold Mountain in the 1940s. During an intense bout of writers' block, Reed finds a set of keys while walking on a wilderness trail. He enlists the help of a local constable, and together they search for the unknown owner. Along the way, they encounter unpredictable characters and learn to deal with all of life's vagaries that make this book a sure-fire winner.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Church

    I received an advanced copy, of this book from the publisher, through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. It has TRIGGER WARNINGS ⚠️ ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE. I did enjoy the main male character Davis Reed. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out what is going, to happened from the first page. Dale Johnson's character is great also. It is set in Charleston South Carolina and North Carolina. It will be I received an advanced copy, of this book from the publisher, through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. It has TRIGGER WARNINGS ⚠️ ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE. I did enjoy the main male character Davis Reed. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out what is going, to happened from the first page. Dale Johnson's character is great also. It is set in Charleston South Carolina and North Carolina. It will be in stores on August 10, 2021 for $27.99 (USD).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I won this on goodreads giveaways and started it the day after I got it because the description sounded pretty intriguing. Right from the opening few pages it grabbed my attention and was hard to put down. I really enjoyed the writing style and look forward to more books from this author in the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    I can see why Davis was a cop for only 5 minutes. Although fast paced, he was a bit dense about who was the bad guy in his own situation. Lots of redneck good ole boys- a cliche! Nice location in the mountains of N. Carolina which is no longer as quiet as it once was

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I am so glad to find this new author. What a debut! I love the wit and humor and all the characters. Dale and Floppy mix up quite nicely with Davis. Good mystery. I am really looking forward to many more in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    Characters rock. Very funny. Will def read next one

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dunn

    good book, bad title

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