*SERENITY* by Craig A. Hart*5-Shining Stars*

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Serenity is a well-written, captivating, crime-thriller. I was hooked from the beginning of this book and couldn’t put it down until the last page was turned.

Sixty-year-old Shelby Alexander moved back to his small rural hometown in Michigan. His careers as a boxer and a fixer were behind him now, or so he thought. The town had its problems, the Ellis family being one of them. They were mean, violent, drug dealers. So when Jenny Ellis died on Shelby’s property, he knew that his quiet days in Serenity were over.

Harper Ellis banged on Shelby’s door. He needed Shelby’s connections and fixer talents. Harper wasn’t buying the concocted bull-story, that the sheriff was trying to sell him, about his sister freezing to death. Jenny was murdered, and Harper Ellis knew it. There were new drug pushers in town, and they were moving in on Harper’s territory. His gut was telling him, that they had a hand in his sister’s death. Shelby knew that accepting money from Harper Ellis was like making a bargain with the devil. However, ten thousand dollars was a lot of money and too sweet of a deal to turn down. But, when bullets started to fly through his window, Shelby knew that he was in trouble. He warned his retired cop friend Mack that he’d be in danger if he came to the house, but his friend still wanted to come and stay for a few days. Shelby welcomed him with open arms.

Serenity is a gripping, perfectly-paced novel. There are no wasted words in this book, every sentence moves the story forward, guiding the reader through surprising twists and turns. I found the characters to be realistic and their dialogue natural and witty. I loved the humorous one-liners that were sprinkled throughout the novel.

Craig Hart is a talented writer and great storyteller. I’ve added him to my list of favorite authors, and can’t wait for book two of this series to be released. Check out Serenity; you’ll be glad you did.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

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