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The Fog

(Berry Springs #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  446 ratings  ·  55 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B07H3VNPJQ

"One of my favorite novels of 2018!" -Confessions of an Avid Reader

Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published December 4th 2018
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Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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The Fog is the 4th in the Berry Springs series by Amanda McKinney, and can be read as a standalone. I flew through this little novella (at 225 pages it makes for a quick afternoon or before bed read) and am considering picking up the other three at some point!

Things I Loved

- Gwyneth is described as having sexy BROWN eyes. Hell yes, let’s have some love for a shade that isn’t blue!
- Gwyneth is also scientist and a damn good one. Love that she has
Cheryl Whitty
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Wow I love a who done it, this was who killed them? When Wesley Cross comes home and finds his ex-girlfriend Leena murdered in his basement. This starts the cat and mouse adventure that keeps you guessing as the body count rising.
I was gripped to my book as I had to discovered what was happening. Wesley trying to find out who the murderer is, so he hires an Entomologist Gwen to help. All goes well until they get trapped in the haunted hotel on the hill in awful
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
First things first, I will forever be hesitant to check into to a hotel during a storm. Big nope.

Gwyneth was such a strong female character. Holy lanta. She is a damn good scientist and works herself ragged to achieve everything she has set her mind too. She is wickedly smart both in the books and with her quick witted mouth. Gwyneth knows what she wants and goes for it ... at least in every aspect but her love life. She is in dire need of a vacation and a few stiff drinks, when and arrogant and
Mar 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.

4.5 rating. I am enjoying the Berry Springs series by Amanda McKinney. The heroes are alpha personalities with admirable traits - integrity, loyalty, discerning, intelligent, capable (military trained to a high level of competence). Each is now post-career military and have settled into civilian lives in a variety of fields. The men aren’t perfect, but it would be great to have any one of them protect your back in a dangerous situation. The heroines are smart, focused, independent women, committ ...more
Julia David
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this mystery. It has lots of suspense and just the right amount of romance. Wes has made a life for himself after leaving the Marines. He comes home to find a former lover dead in his basement. He has a great alibi but he knows it is somehow connected to him. He has to figure out what that connection is and he calls in an entomologist to help him find some answers. Gwyn isn't sure why she answered the phone call from an arrogant man, but then she was on her way to see him. She should be ...more
Margery Baker
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Met his match?
When Wesley’s ex-girlfriend is found in a pool of blood in his basement, he realizes he’s in deep trouble. He know it’s a setup and is determined to clear his name. He calls in Gwyneth, who against her better judgment accepts the job. Right up there with the J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) books I found myself almost unable to put it down until I had finished it.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
They say sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy a book or movie. To enjoy this book, you have to suspend most of your brain activity. It lost me completely when a mountain resort hotel, isolated by a storm and the one bridge to and from it washes away, still decides to have their fancy formal ball, in spite of having only 8 guests and there being a murderer on the loose. Oh, and the fancy dress ball serves burgers and bottles of beer. The plot isn't awful. It did keep my ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Romance-Suspense With a Sorta Mystery

This is not a police procedural, but the plot seems promising, at first. Someone frames Wesley Cross—a retired marine—by killing an ex-girlfriend in his basement. Wes withholds crucial evidence, his small-town cop friends accept his alibi, and he’s allowed into the investigation. With the secret evidence, he’s ahead of his cop friends, so he follows the clues and searches for suspects.

The mystery storyline is average, but the plot holes and cliches make it
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wesley is the good guy of the town, honest to a fault,an all rounder and helpful guy except in the women department. He is a womanizer at least everyone says so. But he just hasn't found the right one. when a dead body turns up in his basement it seems that the killer is trying to frame him but the questions are who and why? When some unexpected things turn up in the dead body he is forced to hire one the best entomologist to do some investigation. But she is the woman who at last he feels is th ...more
Blaise Ramsay
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Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: s-not-bad, thriller

This story features Wesley, who finds the dead body of a former fling in his basement and sets out to find proof that he’s being framed for murder. Along the story, a few other minor details about Wesley reveal themselves, but the mystery of the whole story is what attracted me to the book in the first place.
The Fog has a lot going for it, mostly in the suspense aspect of the plot. I finished this book in under two hours, and was sucked in throughout, especially during the second half of the st
This Series certainly has themes that are included (repeated) in each of the books. 1. Weather seems to always play a factor and this time it was a torrential rainstorm. 2. The main couple falls immediately in lust and in bed, which doesn’t always work for me, but I did feel the connection between Wes and Gwen. 3. The author keeps you guessing to the end, as the murderer isn’t the obvious suspect. 4. There is always a connection between the current gruesome murder(s) to a previous crime.
This boo
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent engaging fast read! I didnt put it down. Starts out strong and holds you the entire time. The characters are both independent and whip smart, Wesley and Gweneth. Their interactions were on a fast track, both to find a killer, while the chemistry was arcing. Maybe a few places were a bit overused cliches--like stick together, (when the drunk chick left) but it didn't take away much from a really good murder/mystery/romance. Gotta love the small towns where the police might be a bit less ...more
Ashley Hite
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!!

Amanda McKinney has returned for her fourth installment of her Berry Springs series. Wesley Cross is a handsome former marine running his own company with a reputation for being a bit of a playboy. He is sucked into a murder investigation when the woman he is currently seeing is savagely murdered in his basement. He has alibis for the time of her murder but will stop at nothing to solve her case and figure out who is trying to set him. When the case takes a strange turn, he hires reno
Deb Diem
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fog is a spectacular romantic suspense by Amanda McKinney. Ms. McKinney has provided readers with a book that is well-written and will keep them glued to their e-readers from start to finish. This author manages to grab your attention on the first page and hold you hostage until the end. Cover to cover suspense. Wesley arrives home just minutes after a woman he briefly dated was his basement. Wesley hires forensic entomologist Gwyneth Reece to hopefully help clear his name. Wes ...more
Gregg Sayers
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just like making a trip back to your favorite vacation spot, I could not wait to take a trip back down through the Ozark mountains to my favorite little town of Berry Springs. My anticipation for this new book in the Berry Springs series was through the roof and Amanda McKinney, like always, did not disappoint. This book has you captivated from the prologue and the ride doesn't end until you reach the back cover! McKinney, like a mad scientist, knows how to create a story with the perfect amount ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept for murder mystery!

I have been reading this series and enjoying the stories. The book starts when Wesley Cross finds the body of his ex in his basement. Although he is almost automatically cleared, it is obvious that the murder was targeted at Wes. As the investigation begins, Wes is looking for a specialist, a forensic entomologist, so he hires the best, Gwyneth Reece.
The case is interesting and the entomology aspect added an interesting element to the crime investigation.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bug's Life!

Former Marine Wesley Cross is having one hell of a day! When his ex girlfriend is found brutally murdered in his basement it quickly becomes apparent that someone has it out for him. With no leads other then some bugs that should not exist in the body he calls in the big guns. That is one, Gwyneth Reece independent forensic entomologist who is as sexy as she is smart. When another clue leads to a creepy hotel as well as to Gwyneth, Wes soon discovers that he has fallen into a sinist
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! It will grab your attention on page 1 and keep you turning pages until the very end. Wonderful characters that are smart, genuine, loyal, and ready to fall in love. This book has a mystery that unfolds at exactly the right pace, complex and surprising. This is excellent entertainment from start to finish, with a happily ever after and all. The secondary characters are intriguing and I hope they get stories of their own. Amanda McKinney is a new author for me and I will defi ...more
Diane Griffiths
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this author and her writing style. She has a way that pulls you into the story and you don't want to put the book down till you finish it. This story also occurs in Berry Springs, I like this setting and area.

A former Marine finds his ex-girlfriend dead, and obviously he is one of the prime suspects. So, he has to find a way to clear his name. He finds someone to help him out of his predicament. But then he gets lured by the killer to the Half Moon Hotel.

Lots of suspense and a gr
Becca C.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wesley Cross is a hometown hero that finds himself in quite the predicament. Finding the dead body of your ex-girlfriend in your basement doesn't make for the best way to end an evening. Luckily, he's willing to do whatever it takes to clear his name and that includes calling in forensic entomologist, Gwyneth Reece. As the two begin trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Wesley's ex, the sparks start to fly between them.
Readers will have all of their senses tickled with The Fog.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Amanda McKinney’s Berry Springs series is perfect for all murder/mystery fans and The Fog is definitely the best so far. I read it within 24 hours simply because I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a fast-paced action-packed thriller with enough suspense thrown in to keep me reading long after I should (sneaky reads at work). The final chapters had me riveted with the creepy old hotel, cut off by rising waters during a storm. And that ending. Wow!
I received an Advanced Readers Copy direct from the
Pat Allen
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story!

Wesley was a marine who opened his own gun manufacturing business, becoming very wealthy. Leanne was his ex-lover whose dead body was found in his basement minutes after her throat was cut. Although Wesley's alibi was watertight, he was very disturbed by gossip. He loved his home town. He paid the best forensic entomologist to analyse the maggots discovered deep in the victim's wounds. Their instant attraction took this story to the romance level. I enjoyed this story.
Nancy Fontaine
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bugs save the day

This is the first book by this author but it will not be the last.
The male character of Wesley is a strong male , unafraid to ask for help. He is lucky enough to have good friends in the local police , which comes in handy when he finds a dead body in his basement. Gwen is also a strong female character and is step by step beside Wes. Her character is diffrent as an entomologist ,an occupation I haven't seen before.
Ms. Mc Kinney has a great talent for writting .
Sue Ainslie
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I finished this book in one day... what an amazing author I have found. I now have all her books and enjoy them completely. She keeps you at the edge of your seat until the very end. Over all I give this series A+++++ totally love it. I am so glad I found a great author. I recommended this series to my friends and they are loving it as well.. Thank you Amanda McKinney for the great book series.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

McKinney does a great job of sending her red herrings through the story from page one. The mystery is entertaining--there's shade of Agatha Christie, Cinderella, and Clue. The characters are somewhat flat; we're told a lot about them rather than having them develop over time. Overall, not a bad weekend read.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another terrific mystery in this series. Berry Springs is still the setting but different main characters are involved in this exciting adventure. It is nonstop events, with many twists, diversions, and roadblocks to the final solution. The finale is exciting, scary, and completely unexpected!
Wesley and Gwen

Wesley is Berry Springs unofficial ballistics expert. When he believes he's being set up he calls on Gwen a forensic entomologist. Gwen is unimpressed with his high handed antics but takes on his case. When she ends up trapped with him while an enemy of his closes in, they have to rely on each other.
Polly J. Van Benthusen
Another good book!

I love this series that links characters from book to book. This was a good read with lots of twists and turns. Just when you think you've figured it out the whole scenario changes. Good job with likeable characters and a great ending.
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Amanda McKinney is the #1 bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than fifteen romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY in 2017, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Her books include the bestselling series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY, the multi-award-winning BERRY SPRINGS series, BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES, and many mo ...more

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