Come Helen High Water: A River Road Mystery

Come Helen High Water: A River Road Mystery

by Susan McBride
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Come Helen High Water: A River Road Mystery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele 11 months ago
The first I’ve read in this series, I got to know several of the townspeople throughout the story: a small Illinois town on the Mississippi that is home to 200 people. Most elderly and all very active. Starting with Luann, the director of the town’s historical society, she’s now feeling a loss of ‘something’ and through an on-line site has met her Mr. Maybe. She’s soon disappeared, and is only texting her best friend Sarah and sheriff’s wife, that she’s overjoyed, and has given up her job, apartment and any interest in staying around. Totally out of character, but at first, Sarah is the only one who thinks it’s wholly wrong. Then there is Bernie and his wife Betty and sister-in-law Clara. Here is where real life invades the story with great poignancy and heart: Bernie is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s, and while Betty is caring for him at home, the ramifications for her and her family are great. While Clara is spending more time with Betty than at her own home, the care and management of this poor chap are really down to his wife, who he has passed the point of recognizing. In the middle of this all, and something of a Miss Marple in her own right is Helen, Clara’s best friend, widowed with a pushy and quite demanding cat, crossword puzzle addict and, it seems, in the middle of all the town’s goings-on. With Luann disappeared and a new director hired in her place who has managed to push all the volunteers out, no one listening seriously to Sarah’s concerns, and the spring flood causing evacuations near the harbor and everyone watching the water levels: there are more than a few elements in play. Add in some ‘mysterious big discovery’ made by Luann before her disappearance, Bernie wandering away twice, only to return reasonably unharmed once, a con-man setting his sights on the elderly man again after successful scams run previously and some mysterious clues popping up as Sarah digs deeper – there are multiple little mysteries woven into the larger questions about Luann’s disappearance. A wonderful story that I read in one sitting, and now feel that I have reasons to return and revisit with Helen and the group at River Bend. I’m sure that those who knew and already found friends among the characters in town will find this story to be as engaging and intriguing as I did, with plenty of little questions answered as the plot rolled on to present the villain, the solution and the difficult choices that were made. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book was a page Turner! I love surprise endings and this book definitely had one. Well worth a reread.
Storytellermary 12 months ago
COME HELEN HIGH WATER by Susan McBride “It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure.” What a wild ride, through flood waters and brambles, persevering with the help of friends and family! The puzzles within puzzles and the smooth flow of masterful writing kept me reading, unwilling to stop until every last thread was untangled. Scoundrels with no conscience would seem the worst, but the rising waters and the inexorable scourge of Alzheimer’s proved to be even tougher foes. Love and humor leavened the serious themes. I loved Helen out-pacing the sheriff because she walks all the time and he doesn’t, but she doesn’t rub it in. He is even beginning to admit that she’s good at solving puzzles, maybe because of all her practice with crosswords in purple ink — yay, Helen! She’s also great at listening to get to the bottom of people’s problems, as was my mom, and in helping others and standing up for what’s right (and she carries a flip phone). No wonder I love Helen and this series! “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” Favorite new invented word, fauxmanced. ;-) * I was surprised and pleased to find my own name attached to a character, a shy beautician. I have no purple boots or bedazzled jeans, may have to get some, but I did have colorful patched bellbottoms in college. I hope to see more of her in future books . . . but I’ll wait patiently. Good work takes time.