Book: A Burning Desire by J.R. Lindermuthcategories: Book, Arson, Murder, Rural Setting, Suspense, Thriller, Swatara Creek, Pennsylvania, Smalltown Mystery, Romance, Relationships, Mystery
J.R. Lindermuthabout this book: The sixth in the Sticks Hetrick crime series, A Burning Desire pits Sticks and his protege, Officer Flora Vastine against troubling, dangerous people from the past, echoing the theme that our past is always with us.
The Hetrick series has developed an ensemble cast and some readers have told me they view them as old friends and look forward to catching up on what's new in their lives. I've expanded the original base to include some non-police characters who make regular appearances. The regulars include:
Police Chief Aaron Brubaker, a good, honest man; a family man, and a good cop. He has grown in the subsequent novels, gaining self-assurance and trying to be less reliant on Sticks. Occasionally he's a bit jealous and harbors a suspicion Hetrick wants his old job back.
Rookie Officer Flora Vastine warranted no more than a few paragraphs in the first book.
She wasn't a police officer then and only had a minor role in that novel. In fact, I didn't even see her as a recurring character at the time. In Cruel Cuts I had need of both another protégé for Hetrick and a love interest for Corporal Harry Minnich. Flora, who expressed interest in a police career in the first novel, fit the requirements. She's young and energetic. She has enthusiasm and genuinely cares about other people. Occasionally she makes mistakes and gets in trouble. All of which make her very human.
And Sticks, a widower in the beginning, is now involved in a new romance and has accepted a new job as county detective, which offers opportunity for further evolution of the series.
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