I celebrated my recent move back to Nashville by reading J.T. Ellison’s new Taylor Jackson novel, which is set in Music City. If you are a fan of this series, you may have wanted some of the characters background filled in. In Field of Graves your wish has come true. This novel is a prequel, so we get some insight into how Taylor and FBI Profiler John Baldwin meet, but also get to follow along as they solve their first murder mystery. Even though the two of them are the focus of this story, the interaction with the team, as well as Coroner Sam Owens answers questions that have come up in other novels.
I confess that I have not read all of the other Taylor Jackson novels, only the first four, but I am a big fan of this author’s writing style. The mystery, although front and center, is not always the most interesting part of her books. As someone who has lived in Nashville, I recognize the city as another character. I have found, since I lived here 7 years ago, that this city has grown a lot! In this novel, the setting is true to the timeframe she has written and some of the restaurants or landmarks that are now different were as they used to be. The characters loyalty, love and friendships have also always struck a chord, so that when Taylor was stalked by a serial killer, or Sam suffered from her family’s loss, the depth that I am affected is that much deeper. All of these things contribute to a well rounded, fleshed out story and an ending that I was invested in reaching. These new insights and the reasons the characters support and love each other have lent more gravitas to Ms. Ellison’s future novels, or even books 5-7 that I will be reading soon.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley, for my honest review.
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