The Trouble with Truth
The Trouble with Truth by Kathy Krevat Kensington Books Lyrical Underground Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
As a cat lover I’m always drawn to mysteries which include a scene stealing feline. Naturally I picked up a copy of The Trouble with Truth. Single mom Colbie Summers is working to make her cat food company a success, but when Mira, a friend and employee, comes under suspicion for murder Colbie once again endeavors to find a killer. With the help of friends and family and the occasional tidbit she can glean from her detective friend Norma, Colbie sets a trap for an enterprising killer.
The Trouble with Truth addresses a topic not often discussed - the abuse of foster children. It’s often assumed being placed in an affluent home is better, but abusers come from all income levels. The more money present, the easier it is to hide wrongdoing from prying eyes. Mira’s play based on her experiences and those of other foster kids is causing unwanted attention to be drawn to her former family. The last thing they want is for the truth to come to light. The abuse of children, employees and others by those corrupted by money and power is a recurring thematic element. That isn’t to say there aren’t those who use their influence to help others, but that there are many lacking empathy and understanding who are willing to hurt anyone in order to get what they want.
The Trouble with Truth makes the reader care about Colbie, Mira and her friends. On the other hand, the victim is so detestable that it is easy to see why many would be glad to see him dead. As well as trying to solve a murder, Colbie is working to protect her family, both natural and chosen.
4 / 5
I received a copy of The Trouble with Truth from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Things are looking up for single mom Colbie Summers. After relocating back to her California hometown with her adolescent son and taste-testing feline, Trouble, she’s ready to take her gourmet cat food company to the next level. Until helping a teenager gets Colbie mixed up in a fresh case of murder… Trying to balance her hectic family life with her growing business—including a coveted contract with the local organic food store—leaves Colbie scrambling to keep all her balls in the air. But when a Sunnyside resident is found dead in his garage, she takes on a new role: harboring a suspected killer. The eighteen-year-old murder suspect, a former foster kid and Colbie’s part-time chef, had a powerful motive to snuff out the high-profile businessman. The real question is, who didn’t? Sifting through the victim’s sordid history unearths a cat’s cradle of crimes, including money laundering and abuse. Now, to clear an innocent girl’s name, Colbie must sniff out the truth before a killer who smells trouble goes on the attack again.