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  • Title: Chalk Line: A Ben Gallagher Mystery
  • Author: Paula LaRocque
  • ISBN: 9781933338958
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Chief of Detectives Ben Gallagher thinks life will once again be rosy when his younger brother Andrew is released from prison But, on the very day Andrew is set free, the brothers discover the body of a lifelong friend, and the murder launches Ben on a fast slide from his revered rule of law He is soon ordered to stay away from the case, but the closer he gets, the surerChief of Detectives Ben Gallagher thinks life will once again be rosy when his younger brother Andrew is released from prison But, on the very day Andrew is set free, the brothers discover the body of a lifelong friend, and the murder launches Ben on a fast slide from his revered rule of law He is soon ordered to stay away from the case, but the closer he gets, the surer he becomes that a family member is somehow implicated Torn between loyalties, he embarks on a race that takes him thousands of miles and a couple of decades away, leading to a cold case in the north and a killer no one would ever suspect.
    Chalk Line A Ben Gallagher Mystery Chief of Detectives Ben Gallagher thinks life will once again be rosy when his younger brother Andrew is released from prison But on the very day Andrew is set free the brothers discover the body of

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    1. How far would you go to protect your family A loved one Even a memory We all have a line we will not cross what is yours Chief of Detectives Ben Gallagher is faced with just such a decision to be made His younger brother is just released from a 10 year sentence at Huntsville Prison Taking him home with him, they discover the body of Dayton Slaughter, a lawyer, the man who has been like a father of them Trying to be allowed to stay on the case, he gathers his team and hope they can find some answ [...]

    2. By Paula LaRocquePublisher Marion Street PressPublishing Date September 2011ISBN 978 1 933338 95 8Reviewed by Mary LignorReview Date June 30, 2011Ben Gallagher is the Chief of Detectives in the Dallas Police Department Ben is not your usual police detective He is very young, handsome and an artist to boot Ben is also an heir to a family fortune that will keep him in food and shelter for many years to come He lost his father in the Vietnam War and his younger brother has been incarcerated in Hunt [...]

    3. I have never read mystery novels I ve been afraid, not that I wouldn t guess whodunit, but that it wouldn t make sense to me when the central detective figured it out I didn t want the mystery to be mystifying Such is not the case with Paula LaRocque s Chalk Line, the first in what I hope will be a long line of Ben Gallagher mysteries You ll never guess the murderer of an old family friend of Ben s a man his widowed mother was about to marry but, for those of you who are as insecure about these [...]

    4. It s an interesting exercise to read a debut novel by someone who has written so much about writing itself I had high expectations, and Ms LaRocque did not disappoint This book pulled me in from the opening lines The best way to get there from Dallas is to go straight down I 45 Takes three hours or so The terrain s rolling and wooded than you might expect, especially around Corsicana It levels off as you head south, going to heavy underbrush and open fields and farmlands My first thought was, W [...]

    5. My own career and business and livelihood, like Paula LaRocque s, have to do with the language and using it with expertise So I was curious when I heard she had written a novel I ve known her for decades, as a friend, a writing coach, and author of books about writing She s one the funniest people I know but could she write a good murder mystery, one that would keep me interested, even put me on the edge of my seat Boy, could she ever Chalk Line s cast members are not your typical murder mystery [...]

    6. The colorful characters in Paula LaRocque s Chalk Line are so well drawn that I felt as if I knew them personally This murder mystery is a real page turner, with a deliciously twisty plot that kept me guessing right up to the end And even my final guess was wrong.The book has everything that makes a great summer read romance, intrigue, dark family secrets, and a liberal sprinkling of laugh out loud humor Events moved along so seamlessly that it took me a while to notice that the story also serve [...]

    7. It was a fast, clear read I loved the way Paula LaRocque, a former colleague of mine and writing coach extraordinaire, took me back to the big D and its environs in this book If you ve ever wanted a sense of Texas, read this book The author did a great job developing the characters as well and keeping the reader engaged I don t normally flock to mysteries, but this one kept me reading Not to mention, I do know the author so wanted to read it anyway.

    8. A terrific read and a most impressive first novel A first class murder mystery veiled in secrets, past and present, laid bare by the protagonist, a first class, albeit apparently unappreciated, lawman Set in Texas and Michigan, the differences between North and South, educated and not so educated, play heavily in the exposition of the character development which flows from beginning to end I look forward with much anticipation to what is next in store from the author.

    9. Honestly, I found it a little slow to start, but once the crime occurred, the investigation had me hooked Unlike many mysteries, the crime itself was believable and well crafted I read the rest of it straight through the morning I can t decide if I liked the DFW setting or if I found it distracting, trying to picture it.Now that I think of it, it reminded me a lot of James Lee Burke.

    10. This is LaRocque s first book She was a long time staff member of the Dallas News The story takes place in the DFW metroplex The story is good and engaging I would have liked description of the locations in the story Her characters are interesting and it is quick read.

    11. Beautifully crafted mystery I am not usually a mystery reader but I was engaged by this book and its well introduced characters I look forward to the next Ben Gallagher Mystery to learn what is happening with Ben and Andy.

    12. This is a book that will keep you guessing The past plays an important part in the resolution of the murders.

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