by Marie Flanigan
Series: Annie Fitch Mysteries #2
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As a former cop turned private investigator, Annie Fitch hopes to never be in the line of fire again, so she’s expanded her business to include installing security systems. She’s thrilled to be hired by Preston Farr, a farmer with a vandalism problem on his family’s historic apple orchard and farm.
Preston’s roots in the community run deep. His family has held the same property in Leesburg, Virginia, since the 1700s. The two get to know each other over the course of the job. When Preston asks her out after the work is done, she accepts. After all, Annie’s on-again, off-again love affair with her childhood best friend, Ford, is currently off. Why should she mope until he decides it’s on again?
What she intended to be a fun, casual romp with Preston turns serious quickly when Annie’s newly installed security cameras record startling footage. Family secrets begin to unravel, echoing over two hundred years of heartache and violence
Hidden Fury is the second novel in the Annie Fitch mysteries by Marie Flanigan. A contracting job leads to more when vandalism turns deadly.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know Annie, a cop turned private investigator in the quaint town of Leesburg, Virginia, situated outside Washington D.C. with its farms, historical districts and rich history.
Some time has passed since book one. Annie’s shoulder is healing, and she’s taken a course on installing security systems for clients. Annie’s delighted when a referral from her best friend leads to a security install at the historic Farr Farms.
Annie has fond memories of picking berries and apples at the farm, now run by Preston Farr. He and his siblings inherited the ninety-five acres, but Preston lives in his grandparents’ old homestead and handles the day-to-day operations. It’s a job he loves, but someone is vandalizing equipment and defacing the barns.
Once the job is complete, Preston asks Annie out. With no contact from Ford, she takes a chance. Just as the two are getting to know each other, trouble comes.
I loved the mystery threads from the vandalism to the history of the farm and the slaves who once worked there. Flanigan wove in history, suspense, and family issues that kept me turning the pages.
I learned about soap making, apple grafting and enjoyed getting to know more about Annie and the people in her life. Her old partner becomes involved as Annie investigates the farm and an old abandoned church bordering the property.
Things are perfect between Preston & Annie, she still thinks about Ford who she hasn’t heard from and Gunner doesn’t seem pleased. The case wrapped up and I’ll be curious to see what new cases come Annie’s way.
Fans of Kendra Elliot, Lauren Carr, and Melinda Leigh will enjoy the Annie Fitch Mystery series.
This is a new to me author Kim and I really like the setting and the sound of the series. Thanks for sharing
This does sound like a good series. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Laura @ Reading Books Again
A female security contractor sounds like a great idea for a sleuth.
This is the kind of book I’m really enjoying right now! I haven’t heard of this author but I think I need to get this book and the first book.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Wonderful review! This is in my wheelhouse of the current mood.
I think I need the Annie books. 🙂
Soap making and apple grafting. I love when stories include these interesting bits of information.
Oh it looks interesting and soap making? It’s fun to learn more about things like that