Book Review – Murder In Plain Sight by Julie Holmes

As an aircraft mechanic, Sierra Bauer is a woman in a man’s world. There are few things more satisfying to her than the challenge of working on multimillion-dollar turboprops at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport,especially now that her life has returned to normal after losing her brother in a plane crash, and almost losing her career in the FAA investigation that followed.

Normal is pitched into a tailspin when she finds a frozen body in a plane she is inspecting.

Detective Quinn Moore is certain Sierra’s discovery is happenstance until he learns the victim, Tori Hjelle, is the woman Sierra blames for her brother’s death. Despite his attraction to her, he must consider Sierra a prime suspect.

Efforts to prove her own innocence are jeopardized when Rune, her ex-boyfriend, returns after a five-year stint in state prison for stalking and attempting to kill Sierra. Things get complicated when Quinn finds evidence linking Rune and Sierra to Tori’s murder, not to mention the counterfeit aircraft part discovered in her possession. He starts to doubt his belief that Sierra is innocent.

When Sierra figures out Tori discovered the key to unraveling a tangled web of conspiracy that threatens the aviation world, she’s forced to change everything she thought she knew about her brother’s death. That knowledge comes with a price. She and Quinn must expose a network of money, deceit, and murder before Sierra becomes the next casualty.

My Review

Women are capable of great things, and Sierra Bauer is no different. Stick a woman smack dab in the middle of a man’s world and you know things are going to pop. Through Sierra Bauer, Julie Holmes introduces us to her world as a former airline mechanic.

Recovering from an abusive ex-boyfriend, plus her brother’s death from an airplane crash would be a test of the strongest person but add Sierra Bauer finding a dead woman in one of the planes she’s servicing leads to an interesting mystery.

Not only did I like the mystery, but I learned many new things about the fabric of what it takes to keep our airplanes running and in the air. The descriptions the author provide makes it easy for the reader to understand the job of a mechanic and the tricks bad weather can play in their maintenance.

I always feel a book is a success if a writer communicates character traits that pull us into their lives, giving us insight to the underlying reason for their behaviors. Julie Holmes does that.

I gave this book five stars. It has mystery, romance, is well written and gives an accurate portrayal of Minnesota winters. It might make some of you into actually want to experience the mystery of the white stuff too. Or maybe make you a snowbird forever. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

About the Author

A fiction writer since elementary school and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, Julie Holmes been published in small press magazines such as “Fighting Chance” and “The Galactic Citizen”. She writes adult mystery with a dash of suspense and a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, and some flavor of fantasy when she wants to write something a little different. She is represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services.

Julie works full-time as a technical writer and lives in south-central Minnesota on a small hobby farm with her husband, their two college-aged children, one cat (what writer doesn’t have cats??), two dogs, three chickens, and an abundance of chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. When she isn’t writing, she likes to read, go for walks, or tend her vegetable garden. She is working on the next Sierra Bauer mystery.

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