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All We Buried

(Sheriff Bet Rivers #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  126 reviews
For fans of Julia Keller and Sheena Kamal, All We Buried disturbs the long-sleeping secrets of a small Washington state mountain town.

Deep in the woods surrounding the Cascade mountain range, a canvas-wrapped body floats in a lake, right in Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers's jurisdiction. Bet has been sitting as interim sheriff of Collier after her father's--the previous sheriff's--
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Xavier Hugonet
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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All We Buried is a very well crafted book, and a great mystery.

Having been recalled by her sick father from her job in the LAPD to take his place as interim sheriff, Bet Rivers found herself in charge of the little town of Collier when her father finally passed away, carrying the torch that has always belonged to the Rivers family.

Six months into her position, a body wrapped in canvas is found floating on the town deep lake, near the abandoned coal mine Collier was built around. That’s how She
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ALL WE BURIED: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery (A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery Book #1) by Elena Taylor is a well written and paced, atmospheric small town Sheriff/police procedural mystery debut.

Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has returned home to Collier from L.A. to her small hometown in the mountains of Washington state to follow in her father’s footsteps as Sheriff. Currently the interim Sheriff, she is not certain she wants to stay even a
Linda Strong
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

When Elizabeth (Bet) Rivers returns to a small town in Washington, it is because her father has passed away. He had been the sheriff there for many years and his last wish was she come home and fill in for him. She gave up her job as a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles, but now has second thoughts about staying in Washington, as she is up for election soon.

She feels a lot of pressure, knowing the townspeople are comparing her to her father ..and her deputy is resentful since he thought the
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun police procedural where the main character Bet was the sheriff of a small town where a wrapped body in the river was found. With absolutely no leads, it took the determination of Bet to get to the killer.

The first half was slow as the author laid down the foundation of the story, then it picked up pace as investigation started in earnest. A few twists, some secrets, and old history of the town raised the suspense of the story. Overall, a fun read.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good story, focused on Elizabeth ("Bet"), who takes over as interim sheriff in a small town in Eastern WA after her father and predecessor, Earle, passes away. She is undecided on whether she really wants to stay there and run for the office of Sheriff or go back to LA to chase her dreams there, when a murder occurs that gets her deep into secrets held by the residents of the town.

I thought this was an exciting story and it gave me good imagery of the lake and the mine, which
Lisa Davison
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bet Rivers grew-up in a family of sheriffs for the small town of Collier, WA. Expecting to one day step into the family tradition, Bet becomes a cop in LA to gain experience and a name for herself. However, her plans are rushed when her dad calls her home to take over for him as sheriff as he faces a cancer diagnosis. When he dies in a hiking accident, Bet is now the Sheriff for the remainder of her dad's term and faces an election In which she'll run against one of her deputy's. The discovery o ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

All We Buried is the best mystery I’ve read so far this year – richly atmospheric from start to finish, layered, and a bit haunting. The characters are multi-dimensional and engaging, and there was more than one moment when I wasn’t sure who to trust other than Bet herself. And Schweitzer the dog, too, of course, who wins the honor of being one of my favorite dogs in fiction. I’m looking forward to seeing him in future books of the series nearly as much as I am Bet and all the ‘good gu
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book tells what I assume is the first story of sheriff Bet Rivers. She takes over as interim Sheriff after her dad’s death. She always expected to come back to her small town after a glorious career at the LA PD, but her dad’s decease made her change plans. She is immediately faced with some challenges and a weird case.

The book has many characters but I never find it confusing. Sometimes it seems like a story gets told about half way, only for the writer to come back to it later on. I knew
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
She escaped her small town and its bad memories, for the rapid-fire pace of Los Angeles, but Fate would bring her back and put her on the path to discovering the truth behind the nightmares of Collier.

ALL WE BURIED by Elena Taylor brings a small town to life as one woman comes home to face more than just her demons, Bet must face the truth that has long been buried. Dark, taut and filled with suspense, this book makes for a strong foundation for a new series.

Mystery lovers, this is your lucky da
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All We Buried by Elena Taylor was an exciting tale of mystery, crime, and carrying a family legacy.
Will Bet solve this case before it gets leaked to the press?
Bet Rivers
Bet Rivers came back to help her dad out while he recovers from cancer. It turns out it was a ruse to bring his daughter back to take his place as Sheriff for their small tow
=^.^= Janet
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Interim sheriff Elizabeth "
August Norman
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Elena Taylor’s ALL WE BURIED, Sheriff Elizabeth ‘Bet’ Rivers jumps to life with the familiarity of an old friend, a small-town girl who can ride, shoot, and tell a room full of dangerous men who’s in charge with just a look. When her stint as a police officer in Los Angeles is cut short by her father’s death, Bet returns home to the Pacific Northwest to walk in his shoes as sheriff of Collier, Washington, a move that doesn’t sit well for some in the tight-knit community. Loyalties are tested ...more
Sharon Grow
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers had her law enforcement career planned, take the detective exam at LAPD and gradually move up the ladder. When she received a call from her father, Lake Collier Sheriff Earle Rivers, her plans changed. He needed her help while he underwent chemo treatments…but then suddenly he was gone and she was the interim sheriff. When a scientist discovers a body in the lake, her childhood nightmare of seeing someone dump something in the lake returns. Bet is a strong and capable lead ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this small town mystery! Bet Rivers has returned to Collier and is currently the interim sheriff following her fathers death, and in a small town where nothing really happens finding a body floating on the lake really puts the sheriff and her team to the test. The body is a Jane Doe and finding out who the woman is proves to be difficult, she has no fingerprints,no ID and she wasn't from the town but I loved how the process of elimination was done, following Bet's process of deduction. T ...more
Brooke Blogs
This is one of those books that I forced myself to read slower because I didn't want to leave the story. I was instantly hooked with the characters and the gorgeous setting. The author does an amazing job of painting the scenery - I felt like I could see the lake and smell the trees. The mystery was awesome - I love that there were past secrets coming to light as the current investigation unfolded. Bet is an easy-to-like character and I am looking forward to more in this series.

I downloaded this
Mary Angela
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love books with strong settings, and All We Buried is one of those books! Lake Collier is haunting, as are the mysteries weaved throughout the novel. In this small town, the past is never really the past. Although Bet Rivers, the interim sheriff, questions her decision to move back, readers won’t question her ability to solve multiple murders. She’s a woman we can root for as she unearths the past one clue at a time. I’m really looking forward to spending time with this new series.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers left her life in LA behind when her father calls for help. His health isn’t up to his job as Sheriff in Collier and he wants Bet's assistance. She agrees to help out, but after her father’s death, the position could turn permanent. She decides to run for Sheriff in the next election but her deputy is running against her. This could get nasty, especially since they have to work together until the election.

When Elizabeth is faced with a corpse, she must immediately deal with
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth (Bet) Rivers returns after the death of her father,to take his place as Sheriff. When a body surfaces in the lake, Bet starts to discover the people aren't who she thought and the sleepy little mining town holds a darkness and secrets. This was a fast read. I loved the mystery and suspense and the twisty turns it took. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

Dawnny Ruby
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Hudson Valley NY
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery! The first in (what I hope will be) a long series. Fantastic writing, well-drawn characters, great plotting and clues, and WA state setting (where I lived for 17 years). This book had a lot going on, but every action and thought was so well written, it was smooth reading from beginning to end. I can’t wait for more!
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this intriguing murder mystery. I wasn't sure who the killer was.

I received a copy from Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Collier, Washington is a small former mining town of about a thousand souls. Now it caters to tourists and Bet (Elizabeth) Rivers is the acting sheriff. Her dad had been the sheriff until his death six months previous. Bet had no intention to return home but her dad knew his time was running out and he knew how to lure her back from LAPD and her plans to become a detective. Now, at the end of Summer, facing an election with her deputy as her opposition, she is at a cross roads. The Rivers family ...more
Tracy Wood
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Collier, Washington has had a Sheriff Rivers for as long as there's been people living there. An ex-mining town which survives on its wits since its main industry disappeared. Elizabeth Rivers grew up there but like most of her friends moved on. She joined the LAPD but now she's back, filling her recently deceased father's shoes, at least temporarily, as interim sheriff.

Working in a small team which includes the deputy hoping to get her job is a little fraught but they come together when a body
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery! If you love a good suspenseful mystery, you’ll love it too! Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has been acting sheriff since her dad died though she’s not sure her heart is in it. She was ready to take the fast track to detective in Los Angeles, but she couldn’t abandon her dad when he asked her to come home. He passed away shortly after Bet’s return, so she felt she had no choice but to stay and honor his wishes. She’s still unsure about the f ...more
Diane Hernandez
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In All We Buried, Bet has a lot on her mind. Leaving her small Washington town of Lake Collier, she works as a patrolman in Los Angeles. When her father needs chemotherapy, she returns home to run the town’s sheriff’s office as Interim Sheriff. After all, her long-term goal was always to follow in the footsteps of all her ancestors and become the Sheriff when her father retires. When a freak accident kills him, Bet decides to run for Sheriff against her only full-time deputy, Dale.

A twisty littl
Joyce Rawlins
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All We Buried by Elena Taylor is about Interim sheriff Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers who has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake in Collier, Washington. For the longest time, she chalked it up to an overactive imagination as a kid. Then the report arrives. In the woods of the Cascade mountain range, right in her jurisdiction, a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier. When the body is extricated and revealed, no one can identify Jane ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's common knowledge that everyone knows everybody and everything that happens in small town. There are no secrets. But interim Sherrif Elizabeth 'Bet' Rivers discovers that the cliché isn't true. Bet has returned to her home town of Collier, Washington to fill in for her late father. Feeling undecided about staying or returning to the LAPD, her immediate plans are determined when an unidentified body appears in the bottomless lake near town.

The first half of the book is a slow burn. Well-round
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers came back to help her father the sheriff of Collier, Washington and he died soon after leaving her to be the sheriff. This was not the first choice of some others in town or in the department. Almost immediately there is a body found floating on a lake in the rural community that rarely sees homicides. Bet needs to identify the body and solve the mystery before the press gets hold of the story and before the election. The scientist who was exploring the lake and found the ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bet Rivers stepped into her deceased father's shoes as Sheriff in Collier and the last thing she expected was a body in the glacial lake. A tightly wrapped female body in a lake where there is no life. This opens up a can of worms going back generations as Bet has to sort through who was responsible for the death. Was it Peter, the scientist who found the body? Eric, her old school friend? Richard? Seeley? And who was she? Bet can't shake a vision she had of a woman being slipped through the ice ...more
Grace Koshida
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers has left Los Angeles and returned to her hometown of Collier, Washington to act as interim sheriff after her father's death. Everyone knows everyone in a small town like Collier. Bet wants to keep her job in the upcoming election but her chief opponent and deputy, Dale Kovac will not stop. Then visiting professor Peter Malone finds a corpse of a woman in the lake he is studying. Without identification, the case is puzzling. Determined to prove herself worthy in her first m ...more
Amber - TBR Book Blog
I haven't read Elena Taylor before but after being thoroughly captivated by Bet Rivers, this is definitely not the last! Bet's character is quite interesting. She's a tough sheriff yet she's also giving credence to the dreams/premonitions she has, which is traditionally not something law enforcement would do.

Bet came home to help her Sheriff dad out when he unexpectedly passes. So she ends up becoming the temporary sheriff in her former town. And Bet isn't really sure about being back home in W
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Mystery writer, avid reader, animal mom.

Elena Taylor started out her storytelling career in the theater. She worked for several years as a playwright, director, designer, technician, and educator before becoming a novelist.

Elena has more than twenty years of teaching experience and now works one-on-one with writers as a manuscript consultant and writing coach.

She lives in North Bend, Washington, w

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