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A heart attack sends detective Rory Naysmith reeling. Too young to retire, he accepts a position in small-town Winterset, Nebraska. Handed an unsolved truck hijacking case, with the assistance of a rookie, Rory sets out to prove he is still able to go toe-to-toe with younger men. When the body of a Vietnam veteran turns up, he dons his fedora and spit-shines his shoes. But ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 15th 2021 by Wild Rose Press
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Linda Strong
Detective Rory Naysmith has relocated to a small town in Nebraska. He's 50 years old, has had a heart attack, and with the assistance of a rookie, sets out to prove he still has what it takes to do the job. He's the only detective, so he doesn't expect to see a whole lot of action.

His superior wants him to work on an unsolved case of a truck hijacking. He doesn't get too far with that, when a Vietnam veteran is found dead behind some dumpsters. Before he can solve the case, an elderly woman goes
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Lenora Good
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you like murder mysteries that won’t give you nightmares from all the violence but will give you people you like and people you like to hate, then this is the book for you! Detective Rory Naysmith is middle aged, has heart problems (physical as well as emotional), and moves from the big city to a small mid-west town to lead the life of a small-town cop. His first assignment is a cold case to be worked with an eager rookie who wants to please (think puppy), and a middle-aged woman who wants to ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Leaving a job in the city following a heart attack, Rory Naysmith settles in Winterset, Nebraska, a small town in need of a detective. The chief expects big things like clearing a cold case involving a truck hijacking. Not familiar with people and places in his new home he requests a little help and the chief assigns a young rookie. The cold case gets pushed aside when a Vietnam Vet is murdered quickly followed by a missing person. Then there is another truck hijacked. A crime
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Teresa
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Astray as it settled into a cold Nebraska winter with a seasoned detective taking a job in a small town. Rory Naysmith isn’t the man he used to be physically, but mentally he’s a top-notch detective who is finding the town of Winterset, Nebraska has its share of crime. I love the amount of detail Fischer uses in each and every scene making the reader feel like they’re hunching down with Rory noting that strange tarp at the construction company and making some flirting g ...more
Kat Doran
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A heart attack sends detective Rory Naysmith reeling. Too young to retire, he accepts a position in small-town Winterset, Nebraska. Handed an unsolved truck hijacking, With the assistance of a rookie, Rory sets out to prove he is still able to go toe-to-toe with younger men. When the body of a Vietnam veteran turns up, he dons his fedora and spit-shines his shoes. But before he can solve the murder, an older woman disappears, followed closely by a second hijacking. He doggedly works the cases, f ...more
Dixiane Hallaj
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rory’s move from a big city police force to a small town after his heart attack was supposed to reduce his stress levels. That didn’t work. Not only did they have the first homicide anyone could remember, but the methods of a big city cop didn’t work without the surrounding network. And what good was that fancy computer anyway?

Fischer has produced a well-written mystery filled with humor and small-town characters that are so real they nearly walk off the page. I loved watching Rory overcome his
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I received this book from Netgalley and thanks to them & Wild Rose Press. This was my first book from this author I read lots of mystery/thrillers, police procedurals & suspense, I'm always delighted to find a new characters & settings. Enjoyed Rory as a relocated, post heart attack detective. Several varied crimes to solve & interesting family, small town dynamics going on. Story written as stand alone, but would certainly make the start of a new series which I would definitely read. ...more
Janet Graham
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great Small Town Who Dunit
This is a wonderful mystery. An older cop who thinks he still has it but doesn't know for sure takes a detective position in a small Nebraska town. He anticipates a slower lifestyle when a major crime wave lets loose for him to solve. This story looks at small-town life with an honest eye. It is realistic but not terribly gritty. The story has all the little pieces as it builds. Finally, they all come together in the big denouement – and I bet you will be surprised! I h
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Sharon Grow
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
When Detective Rory Naysmith suffers a heart attack, he is no longer able to perform his duties as he has for over twenty years. A move to Winterset, Nebraska as the department’s only detective and the slower pace of life should suit him fine. The Chief expects him to solve the cold case of a hijacked truck, that is until there is a murder. As if Rory doesn’t have enough worries as he learns his way around the town, an elderly woman goes missing and another truck is hijacked. A small-town police ...more
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