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Thick as Thieves - a robbery gone wrong, a murder and a daughter seeking answers 20 years later.

The setting is Penton, Texas, a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. When Arden Maxwell returns to town, the residents are all gossiping, wanting to know why she came back. That’s because everyone remembers the Maxwell family. Arden and her older sister left town twenty years ago after their father disappeared. He was one of a group of people involved in a robbery that left one person dead. The $500,000 stolen disappeared along with Joe Maxwell. No one was ever charged with the crime. Arden is seeking closure. Her sister Lisa tries to dissuade her from going back to Penton and Arden doesn’t realize that there are still people in town who were involved in the crime. As danger lurks, Arden meets Ledge Burnet and he tries to help protect her as she works to dig up secrets about the night her father disappeared.


Before the year ends, I’m trying to catch up on books that looked interesting but somehow I missed reading. The mysteries I normally read are generally dark, psychological thrillers. Sandra Brown’s Thick as Thieves is a bit lighter and has the added element of a romance with some steaminess added. If you’ve read Ms. Brown’s other books, you know what to expect. I enjoyed it.


Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Mystery / Romantic Suspense.

Publication Date: August 25, 2020.


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