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Review: The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane

Title: The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Domestic Mystery
Length: 368 pages
Book Rating: B+

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From the USA Today bestselling author of Little Deadly Secrets comes a gripping story about the frailty of family and a battle of wills between a wife and a sister-in-law, bent on revenge.

She stole my husband. So I’d steal her life.

The Wife
Lane won Candace’s heart over chocolate martinis and karaoke. But weeks into their whirlwind marriage, Candace realized Lane came with burdensome baggage in the form of his possessive live-in sister and her eerily watchful six-year-old son. Lane had a secret that seemed to hold him hostage, and Candace would do anything to uncover it.

The Sister-in-Law
Harper was the kind of woman who cooked homemade meals and dusted under the furniture. It was the least she could do for her brother after her husband’s mysterious death, and Lane took her and her kids in. Then Candace showed up like a tornado passing through, threatening and destructive. But Harper had other plans for her new “sister,” plans Lane could never find out about.

The Husband
All Lane had ever wanted was a white-picket-fence life. The wife. The two-point-five kids. The happy little family. Everything seemed to be falling into place with Candace … until Harper’s jealous streak got in the way, again. But choosing between his sister and wife would be costly … and knowing Harper, the price would be blood.


The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane is a page-turning domestic mystery with a deliciously twisty storyline.

Harper Paris arrives home to discover her husband Ben has committed suicide. Her first phone call is to her brother Lane Flynn who makes it appears as though his brother-in-law was murdered. Much to Harper’s dismay, the investigation is not exactly open and shut and she does not have access to their accounts. In financially dire straits, she and her two children move in with Lane and his (surprise!) new bride, Candace.  Neither of the women can stand one another, Harper’s kids are an emotional mess and everyone is keeping secrets. Lane is caught in the middle but he works such long hours that Candace and Harper are left alone to simmer in their increasing dislike for each other.

Candace is happy for the first time in her life. She loves Lane and she is determined to kick her new sister-in-law, Harper’s strange six-year-old son Jackson and demanding eleven-year-old daughter Elise to the curb.  Candace is also resentful that her new mother-in-law Monica does not make any effort to hide her disdain for her. Candace is a bit of a slob and lacks domestic skills, but she does make Lane very happy. Will she and Harper find common ground? Or will Candace win the battle of wills between her and her sister-in-law?

Harper has no intention of allowing Candace come between her and her brother. She is increasingly frustrated by her sister-in-law’s laziness and she knows Candace is not good enough for Lane. Harper is also unsettled about Jackson’s night terrors and his inability of express his emotions. She is tired of the fighting between her children and the lack of progress on Ben’s case. Harper is working on forgiving her husband about something she discovered about him right before his death. She is  keeping a few secrets that she would rather no one uncover. Instead of focusing on her own problems, Harper is determined to find out the truth about her new sister-in-law and rescue her brother from his wife’s nefarious clutches.

The Sister-in-Law is an engrossing mystery with a delightfully twist-filled storyline.  The characters are intriguing and sometimes not easy to like. The plot is fast-paced with unexpected turns that ratchet the tension to a fever pitch. With a dramatic showdown between Candace and Harper, Pamela Crane brings this mesmerizing domestic mystery to an absolutely shocking conclusion. I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend this brilliant mystery to fans of the genre.

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Review: Little Deadly Secrets by Pamela Crane

Title: Little Deadly Secrets by Pamela Crane
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Domestic Mystery, Suspense
Length: 364 pages
Book Rating: B

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From USA Today bestselling author Pamela Crane comes an addictively readable domestic suspense novel…

Three best friends. Two unforgiveable sins. One dead body.

Mackenzie, Robin, and Lily have been inseparable forever, sharing life’s ups and downs and growing even closer as the years have gone by. They know everything about each other. Or so they believe.

Nothing could come between these three best friends . . .
Except for a betrayal.

Nothing could turn them against each other . . .
Except for a terrible past mistake.

Nothing could tear them apart . . .
Except for murder.


Little Deadly Secrets by Pamela Crane is an engrossing domestic mystery.

Mackenzie Fischer, Robin Thompson and Lily Santoro have been friends since college. Their close friendships have survived marriages, children and more serious life experiences. Amid infidelity, shocking allegations about two of their teenagers and murder, this bond is about to face its toughest challenge. Which, if any, friendships will survive in the aftermath of nine difficult days?

Mackenzie Fischer and husband Owen are college sweethearts who married not long after graduation. They are parents to fifteen year old Aria who is pretty close to perfect. Mackenzie and Aria are close which is why she is so shocked to find her daughter in an unexpected situation.  Instead of keeping this information from her volatile and abusive husband, Mackenzie struggles to contain his darkest impulses in the aftermath of her revelations.

Robin Thompson and her pediatrician husband Grant are the busy parents of four children ranging from eight months to eighteen years of age. Robin is a stay at home mom who is sleep deprived but still alert enough to become suspicious when Grant takes great care to hide texts and calls from her.  Her own secret pales in comparison to what she suspects her husband is up to.

Lily Santoro is a successful businesswoman who is outspoken. She is separated from her husband and although she misses him, she quickly puts herself back out there. Lily is not looking for another relationship but  she is currently obsessed with a man who should be off limits. However regretful she might be, Lily is not one to deny herself the man she wants.

Little Deadly Secrets is an intriguing domestic mystery with an imaginative plot and interesting characters. Although the pacing is a little uneven, the tension builds with each chapter. With stunning plot twists, Pamela Crane brings this clever mystery to an unpredictable conclusion. I enjoyed and recommend this domestic mystery to fans of the genre.

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