Danielle Jones loved the scent of the tall pines that surrounded her new home – a log home, nestled in a remote area in East Texas. It seemed the other end of the world from the high society life as a doctor’s wife she’d tried to live in Austin. When her marriage disintegrated just after her mom died, Dani grieved for the time she’d lost, then applied for a fellowship at aDanielle Jones loved the scent of the tall pines that surrounded her new home – a log home, nestled in a remote area in East Texas. It seemed the other end of the world from the high society life as a doctor’s wife she’d tried to live in Austin. When her marriage disintegrated just after her mom died, Dani grieved for the time she’d lost, then applied for a fellowship at a university in Tyler and picked up the plans she’d set aside to work while her ex-husband finished medical school. Nearly ten years older, and certainly wiser, she was excited about finishing her own schooling and getting her life back on track.Not many women would be excited about a job in a Biology lab, or more precisely a reptile lab. But for Dani, it was part of the package. She wasn’t crazy about snakes, but it put her on the fast track to finishing her degree in Zoology. It didn’t seem bad until snakes started turning up in places they weren’t supposed to be. As Dani gave in to her naturally inquisitive nature, she learned that several years ago her new home had been owned by the man in charge of the Ophidian lab. Worse, some students disappeared out there one day when they were scouting the surrounding area for snakes. Suddenly Dani’s new life seemed more filled with dread than with promise. What happened to those students who were never found? And why did Dani have the strange feeling that someone out there was watching her?...
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shadow in the pines Reviews
Dani Jones left a broken marriage and more behind when she moved to Tyler, Texas. Her new home is a two story log cabin nestled in the woods of East Texas. Not only is she many miles away from the Austin neighborhood and her jerk of a husband, she is finally pursing her dreams starting with grad school at the University of Texas at Tyler. She certainly hadn’t planned on getting involved in a missing person’s case. The plan had been to focus on school and her career long denied. Romance was the last thing on her mind as well. But, when you unwittingly purchase a home with a dark history, one can’t help but become involved. Especially when, after asking a few questions, things start happening that may or may not be the actions of someone trying to scare your off. Good thing your nearest neighbor happens to be not only a police officer, but a very good looking one at that.What follows is a cozy style mystery that is heavy on the romance side of things. Dani has a growing relationship with the officer next door, Noah Russell, while also dealing with the rigors of being a grad student, and being the target of somebody bent on driving her away. Things slowly escalate as the weeks pass to the Christmas Holidays and snows come to Tyler.Those who expect a more police procedural style read will be disappointed as this is primarily a romance with a mystery element. As such, not all the mystery related questions are answered and all the loose ends are not resolved. A comfortable and enjoyable read from Texas author PJ Nunn, Shadow In The Pines will appeal to readers who primarily like suspense and romance with a side helping of mystery all combined into a heavily atmospheric tale set in the piney woods of East Texas. Shadow In The PinesPJ Nunnhttp://www.pjnunn.com Tidal Wave PublishingAugust 2013ASIN# B00DWL280O E-Book (also available in paperback)198 Pages$2.99Material was purchased back in October 2013 to read and review using funds in my Amazon Associate account.Kevin R. Tipple ©2015
This has been a book that has kept me on the fence over how much I do or do not like it. While I have decided that I do in fact like it, I’ve tried to analyze what it was that made it difficult to like enthusiastically.Danielle Jones, known mostly as Dani, is a young woman who’s been dumped by her husband after she gave up her own work to put him through medical school. Starting over with plans to finish her degree in zoology, she has isolated herself from her previous life in Austin by moving to a log home near Tyler, Texas. She is set up to return to her college program and a job in a campus lab. However, the isolation proves more desolate than she’d expected, and the eerie sense of a stranger present in the woods following the discussion of people disappearing from what is now her property keeps Dani on edge even as she explores her new neighborhood and workplace.Dani’s work includes working with the famous Ophidian lab. It turns out that the former lab manager had owned her house. Dani is put off by the stories about students disappearing while they were on the property looking for snakes, but even more off-putting is when snakes start disappearing from the lab and turning up elsewhere. Dani wants to know what the connections are, if any, and she wants her newly-acquainted cop/neighbor/friend to help her find out. The sensation of being watched -- even stalked -- grows with every snake that disappears from the Ophidian -- and turns up on her property. The answer to everything turns out to be appropriately convoluted, and there is plenty of action-laden confusion at the end, which was pretty satisfying. I think the problem I had with Shadow in the Pines was two-fold. Its scope feels narrow. We pretty much follow Danny all the time, not a problem in itself, but at this point in her life, she is work- and house-oriented. She is pulling into herself, protecting herself from the issues of her past and working hard for her future. While that is perfectly natural for this point in her life, it lost me as a reader. I wondered if part of it was an attempt on the author’s part to make the narrative more realistic. Especially as -- and here was my second problem -- most of the investigative procedures took place off-screen and out of the hands of the two main characters. While this is indeed more realistic, it takes away from the usual tension and excitement in a mystery. To be fair, this may be more of a personal quirk on my part than a failure on the author’s, but I think having other story-line and character arcs to fill in the places where Dani’s life is -- well, just life -- would have lent more realism and given us more to think about as the story moved along.
Good read. Fully of mystery and suspense.