Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong

Third book in a series about two military veterans–an MP turned deputy sheriff and her canine partner

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong

Series: Bone Gap Travellers #3

Published by Kensington

Publishing date: December 31

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Synopsis: In the Appalachian town of Bone Gap, Tennessee, backwoods justice is more than just blind. It’s swift, silent, and shockingly personal. In Susan Furlong’s third series installment, Irish Traveller – turned deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan must investigate disturbing clues meticulously staged by a twisted killer while navigating tensions between the Irish Travellers and the settled folk in her Appalachian community.

The first message is found in a playground. A few feet away, a pair of human ears hang from the monkey bars. Deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan isn’t sure what to make of this grisly scene. Do the ears belong to a murder victim? And if so, where is the body? One thing Brynn is sure of: the earring on one of the earlobes belong to a man she met at a party the previous night. . .


I’ve read the first two books in this series and really enjoyed them. Both Brynn and her canine partner are military veterans. The setting in the Appalachians is interesting as is the Travellers community.

This third book sounds gory and scary–but hopefully not too graphic since I don’t like gory and scary very much.

Review: Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

Splintered Silence by Susan FurlongSplintered Silence by Susan Furlong

Series: Bone Gap Travellers #1

Genre: Mystery

Setting: Tennessee

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2017

288 pages

Synopsis: After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner Wilco–both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps.

Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it’s clear that and Brynn and Wilco are in danger–and they’re not the only ones.

After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection–and everything she’s been told about her past is called into question.

Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is…and put her back in the line of fire.

My thoughts

A good book to read for the last book of 2018! Splintered Silence has lots of favorites for me: a good mystery, a military veteran, a former military dog and a group of people I’d never heard of or read about before–a Irish Travellers.

Brynn Callahan is a former Marine MP who along with her canine partner Wilco was badly injured by an IED explosion. Both are suffering from PTSD. They are each other’s best friend and they help each other when the nightmares become too much. Brynn has come back to Bone Gap, Tennessee where her grandparents raised her. She is part of the Irish Travellers, but she left and joined the Marines after she refused the marriage her grandfather arranged for her. Since leaving the Marines she hasn’t been able to hold a job due to her PTSD. She’s drinking too much and sometimes using pain pills to escape. She comes back to Bone Gap, a place where she hopes she can find some forgiveness and peace.

Wilco is a cadaver dog and soon after they return he finds a body in the woods near Bone Gap. This brings renewed attention to the Travellers from law enforcement and the people of the nearby town. There’s mutual distrust between the Travellers and the “settled” townspeople and that grows as the investigation continues and more mysteries emerge.

Brynn is viewed suspiciously by many of both the Travellers and the “settled.” Even her grandmother whom she loves dearly is suspicious of her talking to law enforcement since Travellers seldom will talk to government officials. Past grievances and secrets threaten to tear them apart. Brynn’s drinking and PTSD don’t help either.

I really enjoyed this book and am so happy to see that the second book in the series was published in December 2018. (That’s how I discovered this series.) A really good first book in this series.

My Rating: B+

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