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Reunion (Jack Marston Mystery #2)

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When ordinary folks gather for a high school class reunion, they don't expect to become murder targets. In early spring, Jack Marston and his companion Lori Jacobs are still finding their way into their relationship, while Jack is learning more of the idiosyncrasies of his position at City College. A letter arrives with a fateful invitation. Classmates in the town of River ...more
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Published 2011 by Echelon Press, LLC
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Fran
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reunion: Carl Brookins

Reunions are supposed to bring people together who have not communicated or have seen each other for many years. Twenty year High School reunions should bring back pleasant memories, interesting times and definitely create curiosity as to how people look, where life has taken them and what the future still holds. But, the last thing you would ever think you would encounter would be murder. Some reunions bring you more than you bargain for as one alumni if found dead by the
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Christina
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Small town, lots of secrets, one reunion, and murder...

When Jack Marston persuades his girlfriend, Lori, to attend her highschool reunion, he is unprepared to be taken along to the event. He is even less prepared to face the murder of one of Lori's classmates. And that's when it all begins...

The plot was a fun, generally cozy mystery that bumped along at a reasonable pace and harked back to the RL Stine type high-school dramas (only with adult protagonists) combined with a hardcore read on small
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Evelyn
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The past is always with us and sometimes it comes back, or so Jack Marston finds out when he and his girlfriend, Lori Jacobs attend her class reunion in the small town of Riverview—a town with secrets galore. He’s anxious to learn more about her past. But he never realizes that delving into it could be deadly. Although Jack is retired from his former job as an investigator for the U.S. Navy, he gets pulled into the inquiries about several murders when Lori insists on finding answers to why her f ...more
Mary Welk
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jack Marston's past includes a stint in the Navy as a NCIS investigator. Now living a more sedate life as the director of student services at City College in Minneapolis, Jack has no idea his former occupation will prove useful when he accompanies the woman he loves to her twentieth-year high school reunion in the Minnesota farming community of Riverview. But he soon learns that psychologist Lori Jacobs' hometown in no way resembles the idyllic rural locale he imagined. Deeply held secrets domin ...more
Patricia
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jack Marston, a former investigator for the Navy, is now a student service director at City College in Minneapolis. Jack is living with Lori Jacobs and Lori has just received an invitation to the reunion of the Class of 1989 in the town of Riverview. Lori isn't too excited about going but Jack encourages her to accept the invitation. Lori accepts but wants Jack to attend the reunion functions with her.

The couple travel to Riverview to attend. There are some interesting sounding events set up for
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Maryann
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like a quick, easy read and enjoy a good mystery.
Just about to finish this one. So far it is a good story. A bit light on the mystery, but I am enjoying the relationship between Jack Marston and Lori. The tangle of underhanded business dealings from the past that affect a current murder adds to the drama and suspense, and the reader is led down a few blind alleys until the final outcome. I will say Brookins has kept me guessing. I still have about a quarter of the book to read and although I suspect some of what is going on, it is still a myst ...more
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Feb 14, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I like it, it addresses the experience anyone might have attending the high school reunion of a lover, a spouse, a husband or a wife. Most of us have driven to or through a small placid-appearing town in America and wondered if there were any hidden secrets. Well, imagine Riverview and the not-so-nice underbelly of the town.
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Before I became a mystery writer and reviewer, I was a television program producer, a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul and a mystery fiction reviewer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Mystery Scene Magazine. I'm an avid recreational sailor (hence my sailing series and a member of Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America, as well as MWA. You ...more
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