Savage Rising: A Backwoods Justice Novel by C. Hoyt Caldwell

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Savage Rising: A Backwoods Justice NovelSavage Rising: A Backwoods Justice Novel by C. Hoyt Caldwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Deputy Dani Savage never thought she’d be answering a call to find a dead man with his pants around his knees just outside of a horse stall. Thinking it looked like the victim had gotten a little too frisky with the critters it seemed like it might be a simple case until Dani finds an ID on the victim that doesn’t belong to him but to a missing female ATF agent.

Dani finds herself teaming up with an unlikely pair to try to solve the new case. The new mystery man named Jack Spivey had come to town asking questions about the ATF agent’s disappearance and an Amazonian ex-Marine finds herself in Dani’s corner and onto the case. Following the clues the trio find a twisted conspiracy that runs deeper than they ever suspected.

Savage Rising is the second book in the Backwoods Justice series by C. Hoyt Caldwell. Set in the town of Baptist Flats, Tennessee the cast of characters in this series are certainly colorful and bring the meaning to the title of Backwoods. Both books in the series center around the five foot nothing Deputy Dani Savage trying to fit into the male dominated police force in the backwoods town while she tries to solve the case her rather sometimes incompetent co-workers cannot.

Now while I loved the first book in this series finding it an engaging mystery along with a hilarious cast of characters I just somehow didn’t find this edition quite as compelling as the first. I’m not sure if it was the case working in the story or the newer characters or just a matter of it possibly being slower paced or just feeling that way to me but while it was still a creative story it just seemed more OK than outstanding this time around.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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