Footprints to Murder by Marcia Talley

footprints-to-murderBook Review:  Footprints to Murder by Marcia Talley

After meeting up with her former roommate at their college reunion, Hannah agrees to help Susan coordinate the Sasquatch Sesquicentennial in Oregon.  There’s excitement when Big Foot himself seems to wander in front of one of the motion-activated video cameras an attendee has set up near the lodge.  The excitement quickly gives way to shock when the live feed also reveals a still body lying nearby.

This must have been an impulse-grab from the bookshelf; I never intentionally start 15 books into a series.  Sheesh.  That said, this book never really grabbed me, and I don’t think it had anything to do with starting mid-series.  The mystery itself was okay and I enjoyed the newspaper blurbs that introduced each chapter.  I never connected with Hannah though.  She never felt like a real person to me; none of the characters did.

Hannah tells us everything that she notices, whether it’s relevant to the story or not  —  the reunion is only a construct to reconnect the friends during Susan’s time of need — which itself appears only to be a way to conveniently place Hannah somewhere someone is murdered.  Why do I need to know that the new dorm has a dome-covered porthole that changes colors depending upon the energy usage within the building?  Nothing happens at the reunion.  Nothing.  Which begs the question — couldn’t the reunion have been more than an obvious plot device?  Couldn’t it have revealed something deeper about Hannah or her friendship with Susan?  We’re told that they were best of pals, way back when, but their history is skimmed over.  They happily reconnect at the reunion, barely lean on each other at all for emotional support or heck, even safety,  during a conference in which an attendee is murdered, and then go shopping for cowboy boots at the end.  Where’s the depth?  I felt Hannah’s zest for Debbie’s donuts more than I did her friendship with Susan. Even their friendship seems nothing more than a plot device.

That’s probably a harsher review of the book than it deserves.  Maybe.  I was tempted to set the book aside several times but I didn’t, so there’s that.

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