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The isolated, sleepy little village of Timber Falls—built on the bend of a swift mountain river—swells during the summer months as tourists flock to town to run the river, lured there by the Class V rapids. Haley Martin used to be what the locals called a “river rat”, back during the days of her college years. Now she owns the Timber Falls Bar and Grill, drawn back to the The isolated, sleepy little village of Timber Falls—built on the bend of a swift mountain river—swells during the summer months as tourists flock to town to run the river, lured there by the Class V rapids. Haley Martin used to be what the locals called a “river rat”, back during the days of her college years. Now she owns the Timber Falls Bar and Grill, drawn back to the picturesque village seven years ago after the tragic death of her wife. Carter, a disgraced LAPD detective, was offered an out—a position on a team of unorthodox FBI agents. After a month of training, she is sent out on her own without a team or a partner. When the gruesome murder of a college student—a river rat—sends the FBI agent to Timber Falls, Carter has no idea what she’s about to find there. She knows she’s looking for a serial killer that’s preying on tourists. But she has no idea that she might find some peace—and love—along the way.


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The isolated, sleepy little village of Timber Falls—built on the bend of a swift mountain river—swells during the summer months as tourists flock to town to run the river, lured there by the Class V rapids. Haley Martin used to be what the locals called a “river rat”, back during the days of her college years. Now she owns the Timber Falls Bar and Grill, drawn back to the The isolated, sleepy little village of Timber Falls—built on the bend of a swift mountain river—swells during the summer months as tourists flock to town to run the river, lured there by the Class V rapids. Haley Martin used to be what the locals called a “river rat”, back during the days of her college years. Now she owns the Timber Falls Bar and Grill, drawn back to the picturesque village seven years ago after the tragic death of her wife. Carter, a disgraced LAPD detective, was offered an out—a position on a team of unorthodox FBI agents. After a month of training, she is sent out on her own without a team or a partner. When the gruesome murder of a college student—a river rat—sends the FBI agent to Timber Falls, Carter has no idea what she’s about to find there. She knows she’s looking for a serial killer that’s preying on tourists. But she has no idea that she might find some peace—and love—along the way.

30 review for Timber Falls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Della B

    The picturesque Colorado village of Timber Falls is swarmed every summer by young and old looking to raft the river. This summer a serial killer joins the ranks of the “river rats” leaving dead bodies in their wake. Ex LA Detective and newly minted FBI Agent Lynn Carter arrives on the scene to track the killer. Gerri Hill has proven repeatedly that she knows how to write a murder mystery. Timber Falls is yet another example of this. The serial killer aspect brings a few unexpected twists to the The picturesque Colorado village of Timber Falls is swarmed every summer by young and old looking to raft the river. This summer a serial killer joins the ranks of the “river rats” leaving dead bodies in their wake. Ex LA Detective and newly minted FBI Agent Lynn Carter arrives on the scene to track the killer. Gerri Hill has proven repeatedly that she knows how to write a murder mystery. Timber Falls is yet another example of this. The serial killer aspect brings a few unexpected twists to the table which only elevates the intense plot. Hill’s writing is superb as she brings you quickly into the story and holds your attention until the end. I would say this is a typical Hill novel but only if you understand ‘typical’ to mean an outstanding story, intriguing characters, beautiful settings and unparalleled writing. I received an advance review copy from Bella Books and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 5 out of 5

    MZ

    4.25 stars. Those that follow my reviews will know that I’m a fan of Hill’s books, especially the crime and paranormal books are my favorites and this book was yet again a delight to read. Hill is an expert in describing surroundings, especially small towns and remote areas. You can almost see the scenery and feel the tranquility of small town Timber Falls, a town that sleeps in winter and comes to life in summer for the rafting season. But, Timber Falls has a serial killer on its hands… Usually 4.25 stars. Those that follow my reviews will know that I’m a fan of Hill’s books, especially the crime and paranormal books are my favorites and this book was yet again a delight to read. Hill is an expert in describing surroundings, especially small towns and remote areas. You can almost see the scenery and feel the tranquility of small town Timber Falls, a town that sleeps in winter and comes to life in summer for the rafting season. But, Timber Falls has a serial killer on its hands… Usually with a crime investigation book the romance takes a backseat but not in this book. I would say it’s about 50/50 and both storylines are strong and enjoyable to read. If I have to choose I think I liked the romance best. The MCs aren’t looking for love but they both realize they are lonely. Haley is dealing with grief as she lost her wife several years previous and can’t let go of her. Carter on the other hand is handling some changes in her life, her work has always been her prime reason to live for, but is it still all she wants? Haley and Carter are both mature women (yes they communicate) figuring out how they can be happy together. It’s not that they are unhappy perse, but also not entirely happy. They feel real and I liked how the romance slowly builds which is more based on a perfect emotional match than on lust. The mystery is a good read, but this is not a very long book and there is also a heavy focus on the romance, so it is not the most elaborate storyline. This is not a book where you receive lots of clues and can puzzle who the killer could be. There is an investigative component and there are some twists, but it is on the light side. Yet, Hill knows how to keep things interesting and exciting. For those familiar with the Ross & Sullivan series this book mentions them as Carter takes over their job at the FBI. They play no further role in the book, but I liked this little detail. I easily recommend this book if you like a crime/romance combination. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    4.5⭐️ A sweet romance mixed with a murder hunt As a fan of Gerri Hill, I had to read her latest book and once again, the author has exceeded my expectations. I like mystery and romance genres best and both mixed together in one story are my absolute favorite. This author is able to write both storylines equally strong and it’s precisely how I love it. As we have come to expect from Gerri Hill, her description of the surroundings, the town and the people makes you think you know the place and you ha 4.5⭐️ A sweet romance mixed with a murder hunt As a fan of Gerri Hill, I had to read her latest book and once again, the author has exceeded my expectations. I like mystery and romance genres best and both mixed together in one story are my absolute favorite. This author is able to write both storylines equally strong and it’s precisely how I love it. As we have come to expect from Gerri Hill, her description of the surroundings, the town and the people makes you think you know the place and you have already visited yourself. Amazing. Timber Falls is a small town set apart in the wilderness on the banks of a mountain river. As sleepy as the hick town is in winter, it’s a lively tourist spot in summer, thanks to boisterous “river rats” who can’t get enough of river rafting and class V rapids. Haley was a river rat herself when she spent several summers there with her girlfriend during her college years. Seven years ago and after the accidental death of her wife, she returned to where she was the happiest. She was able to take over the Timber Falls Bar & Grill and is now one of the all-year-round residents. Her only real friend is Mike, the local Timber Falls Police officer. Carter fell out of favor with her police department in LA and was offered a way out in the form of a position in a special FBI unit. After a month of training, she is sent out for the first time to operate on her own in Timber Falls after a college student was brutally murdered. The murder investigation is exciting and nerve-wracking. The hunt for the killer is thrilling. The more I learned, the closer the action got, the more afraid I was that Haley, Mike, or Carter would be targeted. It kept me on my toes the whole time. I was pleased to see that, for once, the cooperation of Mike and Carter, who belong to two different law enforcement agencies went hand-in-hand without infighting. The romance is sweet and soulful. Both women feel lonely for different reasons. Haley is still struggling with grief for her wife and still hasn’t managed to let her go. I imagine that this is the most difficult thing to do, when you lose your wife, although you know she wouldn’t want you to hold on that long. When she gets to know Carter, she feels something changing inside her, but at first, she doesn’t want to accept that someone else is capable of replacing her wife, it makes her uncomfortable. And yet, a little hope germinates that she might find happiness again but she is afraid to let her in, as she knows Carter will leave town sooner rather than later. Carter, on the other hand, is always completely focused on her work. But as she is slowly finding her way around the new job, always on the move, never in the same place for more than a few days, with no home, she starts to realize how lonely the new job makes her feel. Is this really the future she wants? She is immediately attracted to Haley, although Haley rejects all her advances. But they quickly become friends and only after a few days, does Haley creep into her heart and she knows that she will not just disappear again. Is she falling in love for the first time ever? Will Haley ever let her in her heart? I liked the way both main characters interacted as the mature women that they are and that they really communicated without intentional misunderstandings. They had to find a way to be happy together and they did. For me, Gerri Hill’s books are always a safe bet. As a fan, you know what to expect and it is always delivered in very good quality. Highly recommended to all mystery/romance fans. ARC was provided by Bella Books to LezReviewBooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    “Timber Falls” by Gerri Hill is a romance with a healthy dose of a murder mystery/thriller. It’s the busy season in Timber Falls, Colorado. It’s summertime and that means the sleepy river town is full of tourists wanting the run the rapids that make it so popular. Haley Martin used to run the rapids every year but after the death of her wife she decided to move to Timber Falls and buy the local bar and grill. Her busy season is put on pause when tourists start getting murdered and FBI agent, Lyn “Timber Falls” by Gerri Hill is a romance with a healthy dose of a murder mystery/thriller. It’s the busy season in Timber Falls, Colorado. It’s summertime and that means the sleepy river town is full of tourists wanting the run the rapids that make it so popular. Haley Martin used to run the rapids every year but after the death of her wife she decided to move to Timber Falls and buy the local bar and grill. Her busy season is put on pause when tourists start getting murdered and FBI agent, Lynn Carter shows up. If you’re already a fan of Gerri Hill, you’re going to love this. This is her typical well written murder mystery that’s set in the wilderness and has a sweet romance to pull at the heartstrings and to give it some lightness. I don’t think Hill did anything new here, but that’s not a bad thing. I really enjoyed this, from beginning to end. One of the things I loved was the pacing. It never felt rushed or too slow, with both the mystery and the romance, which is not an easy feat. Haley is still grieving the death of her wife when she meets Carter. Although there is some attraction there, she has no plans to do anything about it. They start off as friends and I liked their natural progression and how they eventually moved onto something more, especially as most of the book is just over 10 days or so. The mystery was nice and although it’s not a whodunnit, I still liked it. It really adds some tension to all the relationships and made me keep reading. If you’re into romances with murder mysteries then I highly recommend this. I received an ARC from Bella Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I love Gerri Hill’s stories. Her books never disappoint. Her murder mysteries have me mentally pulling out my detective kit to solve the whodunit. Her paranormal tales give me the shivers, and her romances melt my heart. Her newest novel, Timber Falls fits right into the murder mystery/romance genre this author is famous for. Timber Falls is a small, remote village tucked away in the mountains. Most of the year the population of the town is only about a hundred folks, but during the summer months I love Gerri Hill’s stories. Her books never disappoint. Her murder mysteries have me mentally pulling out my detective kit to solve the whodunit. Her paranormal tales give me the shivers, and her romances melt my heart. Her newest novel, Timber Falls fits right into the murder mystery/romance genre this author is famous for. Timber Falls is a small, remote village tucked away in the mountains. Most of the year the population of the town is only about a hundred folks, but during the summer months that number swells dramatically with tourists who are drawn to the river and the Class V rapids they love. The frightful murder of a college student in the nearby campground brings newly hired FBI agent Lynn Carter to town where she meets Haley Martin, the owner of Timber Falls Bar and Grill, and also chief of police (the only police officer in town) Mike Goodson. The three will end up working together to catch the killer who is targeting the campers and others in town. At the same time Carter and Haley must decide if this spark between them is really worth developing, especially with their individual pasts. As you can tell, the setting plays a major part of this story, and the author created a unique and excellent place. It is both beautiful and remote, the perfect spot for both the love story and the murder mystery. Both Haley and Carter are well-developed. They have tragedies in their pasts that affect their current lives. It is obvious they are well suited for each other if they can only let go of the hurt and misfortune they’ve lived through. The murder mystery is very engaging, and kept me reading to find out the killer’s identity as well as how or if they would be caught. This novel is actually placed in the same universe as several of the author’s former books. Those of you who have read these novels will immediately recognize some of the characters mentioned from those stories. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the former books though. This is a standalone novel and can be read on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Timber Falls by Gerri Hill. If you love a thrilling murder mystery combined with a heartwarming love story, then read this book. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gaby LezReviewBooks

    Timber Falls by Gerri Hill, narrated by Abby Craden Gerri Hill is one of the trailblazers of the Sapphic fiction genre with more than a couple of dozen books published. I love when she writes mysteries because they are usually as much about the intrigue as the romance. Timber Falls fits exactly in that type of story. After having to quit LA police, Carter is now working solo for the FBI. She's sent to the small town of Timber Falls to investigate a possible serial killer preying on unsuspecting to Timber Falls by Gerri Hill, narrated by Abby Craden Gerri Hill is one of the trailblazers of the Sapphic fiction genre with more than a couple of dozen books published. I love when she writes mysteries because they are usually as much about the intrigue as the romance. Timber Falls fits exactly in that type of story. After having to quit LA police, Carter is now working solo for the FBI. She's sent to the small town of Timber Falls to investigate a possible serial killer preying on unsuspecting tourists. Haley Martin, the owner of a bar and grill, has lived in Timber Falls since her wife passed away. When both women meet there is an undeniable attraction but with a killer at large and their own personal hangups, will they be able to act on their feelings? This is a good mystery set in a small town. Timber Falls is a destination for youngsters who love river rafting and camping. It's full of visitors in summer and very quiet in winter. This is a typical small town story in which everyone gets into everyone else's business. The surge of brutal killings and the subsequent FBI investigation brings turmoil to the otherwise very quiet town. I was not fond of this story as much as other Gerri Hill mysteries. I felt it lacked a bit of fast-paced, nail-biting action which this author can write so well like in, for example, Moonlight Avenue. The romance part is OK but while the main characters were both likable, I didn't feel a strong chemistry between them. Their relationship seems to progress at a fast pace, sometimes even faster than the mystery itself. Abby Craden narrates the audiobook version and as usual, did a great job. Her voices are distinct and the pace is perfect. Ms. Craden definitely made this story more enjoyable. 3.5 stars. Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I don’t read a lot of Hill’s books because I’m not one for the paranormal. So when the author writes a “simple” crime/mystery I am over the moon because the writing is always top notch and the story captivating. Haley has basically fled to Timber Falls to grieve her wife’s death almost eight years ago. And the grieving is going nowhere, she’s just going through the motions. Her best friend is the town cop - Mike. He doesn’t really know anything about Haley, just some of the basics and the front s I don’t read a lot of Hill’s books because I’m not one for the paranormal. So when the author writes a “simple” crime/mystery I am over the moon because the writing is always top notch and the story captivating. Haley has basically fled to Timber Falls to grieve her wife’s death almost eight years ago. And the grieving is going nowhere, she’s just going through the motions. Her best friend is the town cop - Mike. He doesn’t really know anything about Haley, just some of the basics and the front she shows everyone. When the sleepy little town is shocked by a brutal murder FBI agent Carter shows up, this is her last name by the way, she doesn’t go by her first name. Carter is rather new to the FBI and she’s not sure she likes it. The murder turns into two, and another linked one and some other things happen (no I’m not spoiling). Carter and Mike work together on the case that has the town flustered. Haley is also flustered by Carter, Carter is honest with her and Haley doesn’t always take that well. She needs a little time to process some of Carter’s harsher truths, but there is a pull there. I really like how the author made both characters unapologetically themselves. They are who they are and they don’t apologise for wanting, needing or reacting in a certain way. This rings especially true for Carter. The crime story is great and when I was expecting a certain thing the author didn’t go there. I like when I can’t predict where the story will take me, especially in crime stories. Another great crime story by Hill with a lovely romance as well. These are the things I love. *ARC received in exchange for a voluntary and honest review*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo reece

    There's something so fresh and engaging about Gerri Hills' books. Each book is so different but yet there is a familiarity to them. I think this is because of the book setting, especially in the last few years, each new book seems to be set in an isolated setting, such as the mountains, isolated villages, or small towns but they always leave me with a familiar feeling that you've been there before, which I absolutely love about her books. It just draws me in. I don't think I've ever not liked a There's something so fresh and engaging about Gerri Hills' books. Each book is so different but yet there is a familiarity to them. I think this is because of the book setting, especially in the last few years, each new book seems to be set in an isolated setting, such as the mountains, isolated villages, or small towns but they always leave me with a familiar feeling that you've been there before, which I absolutely love about her books. It just draws me in. I don't think I've ever not liked a book by this author, whether it's a crime, romance, paranormal or like Timber Hills, a mystery book. It's not a long read but it did keep me captivated, not overly full of angst and did have a few twists and turns along the way. The two main characters, Haley Martin, a small town business owner in the village, who ran back to timber hills 7 years previous, returned to block out her past. Carter, a disgraced LAPD detective who's turned FBI, finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer who likes to pray on the town's tourists. If you're a fan and have read Gerri Hills' previous books, you'll know what to expect from her writing in her new book. Timber Hills will not disappoint, it is very much worth the read, I've given ‘Timber Hills’ a 4.6 out of 5 I was given ARC copy for a honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Guerunche

    Review of the audiobook version. This one felt warm and familiar - like visiting an old friend. Gerri Hill keeps cranking them out and I don't know how she does it, but she manages to keep her books fresh and new while also giving us more of what we expect from her. Another loner cop, drawn to a small town and the people there while investigating a homicide. The characters are engaging and the story is interesting and builds to a satisfying climax. The romance is sweet but doesn't overshadow the w Review of the audiobook version. This one felt warm and familiar - like visiting an old friend. Gerri Hill keeps cranking them out and I don't know how she does it, but she manages to keep her books fresh and new while also giving us more of what we expect from her. Another loner cop, drawn to a small town and the people there while investigating a homicide. The characters are engaging and the story is interesting and builds to a satisfying climax. The romance is sweet but doesn't overshadow the whodunit mystery. It's a pretty even mix. Abby Craden continues to work her magic. She and Hill really are a perfect pairing. Loved it and will continue coming back for more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    XR

    It's not the typical Hill book that I love, but I liked it all the same. Carter and Haley grew their relationship from a friendship to something more and I dig that sh!t. The mystery of the killer was something else though, and I enjoyed that storyline. I hope that Carter and Haley work together on furure cases 'cause Haley's analytical mind may be able to assist Carter. It's not the typical Hill book that I love, but I liked it all the same. Carter and Haley grew their relationship from a friendship to something more and I dig that sh!t. The mystery of the killer was something else though, and I enjoyed that storyline. I hope that Carter and Haley work together on furure cases 'cause Haley's analytical mind may be able to assist Carter.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Simone11

    Narrator Abby Craden 5 ⭐️ Story 4 ⭐️ I loved Abby Craden but the story with romance and crime elements in it was only average for me. It was enjoyable but nothing as gripping as Gillette Park.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Haley is the owner of a bar and grill restaurant in Timber Falls. Timber Falls has a grade V river rapids course that attracts college students and professional rafters. Students camp along the river in tents to save money. One night a student rafter is brutally murdered in his tent. Lynn Carter is a new FBI agent and former LA detective and gets assigned to solve this murder since it is a suspected serial murder. Haley and Carter are both loners and not looking for romance. They each are suffer Haley is the owner of a bar and grill restaurant in Timber Falls. Timber Falls has a grade V river rapids course that attracts college students and professional rafters. Students camp along the river in tents to save money. One night a student rafter is brutally murdered in his tent. Lynn Carter is a new FBI agent and former LA detective and gets assigned to solve this murder since it is a suspected serial murder. Haley and Carter are both loners and not looking for romance. They each are suffering from emotional trauma in their past. But alas they meet and become friends. The mystery was entertaining and the blooming romance was sweet. Overall another good Gerri Hill story. Arc received for a voluntary and honest review from Bella Books via NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Gerri Hill's crime mysteries have always been very good reads. This book, set in very small town Timber Falls, has a gruesome killing that brought Carter, an LAPD cop turned FBI agent into the case. Haley is the owner of the local bar and grill, who moved to Timber Falls to grieve the death of her wife. I would say this is primarily a murder mystery with the romance being a nice bonus. I like the chemistry between the two main characters. And I'm a sucker for a book with a good small-town vibe. Gerri Hill's crime mysteries have always been very good reads. This book, set in very small town Timber Falls, has a gruesome killing that brought Carter, an LAPD cop turned FBI agent into the case. Haley is the owner of the local bar and grill, who moved to Timber Falls to grieve the death of her wife. I would say this is primarily a murder mystery with the romance being a nice bonus. I like the chemistry between the two main characters. And I'm a sucker for a book with a good small-town vibe. I finish the book hoping that there will be more books with Carter and Haley in the future. **Thank you to Bella Books for giving an ARC for an honest review!**

  14. 5 out of 5

    Henriette

    Suspense and lesbian romance intertwined Hill brings us with Timber Falls a suspense set in a tiny, outback town. When a murder occurs loner FBI agent Carter comes into this close-knit community and finds an easy friendship with Mike, the cop stationed in Timber Falls, and Haley who is still grieving her wife. There is a small nod to the Sullivan & Ross series, but no further exploration. I loved how Hill catches the small town vibe. The quiet beauty of nature and the community are the backdrop f Suspense and lesbian romance intertwined Hill brings us with Timber Falls a suspense set in a tiny, outback town. When a murder occurs loner FBI agent Carter comes into this close-knit community and finds an easy friendship with Mike, the cop stationed in Timber Falls, and Haley who is still grieving her wife. There is a small nod to the Sullivan & Ross series, but no further exploration. I loved how Hill catches the small town vibe. The quiet beauty of nature and the community are the backdrop for the story to unfold. I love how the friendships unfold. With a few sentences Hill masterfully sets the tone and atmosphere of life in Timber Falls. The chapters come as swift as the river coming down the mountains and after a slow start it sets a fast pace for the whole story. The story has emotional depth esp. in exploring Haley‘s grief and touching on Carter‘s inner struggles and their loneliness. The suspense is in comparison a bit flat. Enough to keep us readers engaged, but not wildly menacing or inducing heart palpitations. Some aspects remain unsolved and the suspense part could have been explored in more depth. A good and easy read - as much romance as suspense - to while away a lazy sommer or winter day. Thanks to Bella Books and netgalley for the ARC. The review is left voluntarily.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    When a violent murder happens in a small mountain village a lone FBI agent is sent in because of potential ties to another murder. Lynn Carter has been with the FBI for less than a year but was a LAPD homicide detective previously. Working with the town's only police officer she gathers what information she can. Haley Martin owns the Timber Falls Bar and Grill. She purchased the saloon 7 years ago after the tragic death of her wife. She returned to Timber Falls to grieve and because it was where When a violent murder happens in a small mountain village a lone FBI agent is sent in because of potential ties to another murder. Lynn Carter has been with the FBI for less than a year but was a LAPD homicide detective previously. Working with the town's only police officer she gathers what information she can. Haley Martin owns the Timber Falls Bar and Grill. She purchased the saloon 7 years ago after the tragic death of her wife. She returned to Timber Falls to grieve and because it was where she fell in love. Haley hasn’t been interested in anyone new but Carter may be the one to open her heart. This has a very loose connection to Hill’s Ross and Sullivan mysteries. They don’t make an appearance but Jason, the Quantico computer genius, gathers all the data. His computer algorithms lead to a potential suspect and tying cases together. The case is interesting but it isn’t menacing. Even though the whole mystery resolves in ten days, Hill gives time for friendship and more between Haley and Carter. She lets them share their backgrounds and struggles. Normally these types of books give short attention to the romance but here its a more even 50/50 split. I love how easily Gerri Hill can alternate between delightful romances and suspense mystery thrillers. I think this is left open ended enough that Carter could be called upon for a sequel and I will gladly read it. Thank you to NetGalley and Bella Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. (4.5 stars)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    Gerri Hill is a writer I get excited about when I hear a new release is coming. As soon as I received a copy of Timber Falls, it was bumped to the top of my TBR list, and I devoured it in a matter of hours. Set in the small mountain town of, you guessed it, Timber Falls, this murder mystery/romance contains so many aspects of Hill’s writing style that make her one of the best in this genre. Haley is the saloon owner who returned to Timber Falls to mourn the death of her wife and never left. Or m Gerri Hill is a writer I get excited about when I hear a new release is coming. As soon as I received a copy of Timber Falls, it was bumped to the top of my TBR list, and I devoured it in a matter of hours. Set in the small mountain town of, you guessed it, Timber Falls, this murder mystery/romance contains so many aspects of Hill’s writing style that make her one of the best in this genre. Haley is the saloon owner who returned to Timber Falls to mourn the death of her wife and never left. Or moved forward. Carter is the shamed cop who has somehow managed to be recruited by the FBI. Sent to Tiber Falls to investigate a murder, she meets Haley, and a friendship is formed, paving the way for more. Carter works with the sole local law enforcement, and they uncover clues to find the killer. There are so many reasons this book works well; there is a small reference to Ross and Sullivan from Devils Rock, which was a nice little trip down memory lane, but nothing in-depth. Hill uses her words to describe the picturesque surroundings so vividly and succinctly, the characters communicate with each other which prevents so much unnecessary angst, and the plot is fresh and exciting. There is romance and cute banter, mystery, and suspense and it all intertwines perfectly so that the reader isn’t left feeling like there is too much of some and not enough of another. I recieved and ARC from Bella Books through NetGalley for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    4.25 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    KarenC

    Gerri Hill is the only lesfic writer I can think of who can write absolutely any genre, and consistently produce top-quality work. Romance, mystery, paranormal ... Timber Falls is no exception. As always in a Gerri Hill book, the location setting is undeniably one of the main characters. The descriptions of the mountains and the river and the falls are so clearly defined that I could easily visualize the entire town. Haley and Carter are a compelling couple, each with her own backstory and person Gerri Hill is the only lesfic writer I can think of who can write absolutely any genre, and consistently produce top-quality work. Romance, mystery, paranormal ... Timber Falls is no exception. As always in a Gerri Hill book, the location setting is undeniably one of the main characters. The descriptions of the mountains and the river and the falls are so clearly defined that I could easily visualize the entire town. Haley and Carter are a compelling couple, each with her own backstory and personal baggage to overcome. Forced proximity is part of it, sure, but the pairing completely works. I was drawn in immediately, and in fact, was 30% in before I ever even looked to see how far I was. It's a great day when Gerri Hill releases a new book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Haley Martin became familiar with Timber Fall when she and her girlfriend spent their summers having fun as ‘river rats’. The small town survived on the arrival of tourism dollars with people packing in to run the Timber Falls river. After her GF’s death she returned to Timber Falls, and when Haley had the chance to buy the local bar, renaming it ‘Timber Falls Bar and Grill’, she got a loan from her grandmother and started living her life, while mourning Gail. Most of the residents were older w Haley Martin became familiar with Timber Fall when she and her girlfriend spent their summers having fun as ‘river rats’. The small town survived on the arrival of tourism dollars with people packing in to run the Timber Falls river. After her GF’s death she returned to Timber Falls, and when Haley had the chance to buy the local bar, renaming it ‘Timber Falls Bar and Grill’, she got a loan from her grandmother and started living her life, while mourning Gail. Most of the residents were older with the exception of the one local town officer, Mike. Now their little slice of heaven has been tainted with the gruesome murder of a young man, who was with a group of friend’s wanting to run the river. Mike, being the only law officer needed help with tracking down the person responsible, he was happy when the FBI joined in the hunt for the killer. Mind you it was only one agent, Carter, but she was better than no help. Carter, a disgraced LAPD detective was offered a position with the FBI she figured it was better than nothing. The thing was she did her job how it was supposed to be handled, that was until she made the decision to just tell the truth on a murder case. Now she finds herself working with Mike, trying to find out what was happening on the river. The fact that Haley is still in mourning doesn’t stop Carter from pursuing her. Ms Hill is well known for her novels. All of her books are simply great reads. I found myself unable to put this one down. Great characters along with a really interesting plot. Very, very good read. ARC via NetGalley/ Bella Books

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    Gerri Hill knows how to keep me guessing! I really enjoyed this book. The picturesque town near the mountains and waterfall sounds wonderful. Too bad for the local residents after the unexpected events. I think this book is worth reading, it’s great. I always expect the best from Gerri Hill and haven’t been disappointed yet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Foort

    I usually read a ebook first, but I am not a great fan of the mystery books by Gerri Hill(accept Hunter’s way) so I went straight to the audible version. And Abby Craden uplifted it for me. She really makes me listen to the story. And made it a good read. 4 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    FBI Agent Lynn Carter was part of a team of agents investigating a murder. When a similar murder occurred in the small town of Timber Falls, she is sent to investigate. One of the first people she meets is Haley Martin, saloon owner and best friend of the town’s only law enforcement, Mike Goodson. There is an attraction between the two women, but Haley is mourning the loss of her wife seven years earlier. This book may well be the best the book Gerri Hill has written in years. It has everything n FBI Agent Lynn Carter was part of a team of agents investigating a murder. When a similar murder occurred in the small town of Timber Falls, she is sent to investigate. One of the first people she meets is Haley Martin, saloon owner and best friend of the town’s only law enforcement, Mike Goodson. There is an attraction between the two women, but Haley is mourning the loss of her wife seven years earlier. This book may well be the best the book Gerri Hill has written in years. It has everything needed to keep her readers reading into the wee hours of the morning – a well-written slow-burn romance, strong women characters, the hunt for a serial killer, drama, and a HEA ending. Hill’s fans will love this book, readers who stopped reading her books will be drawn back to her immediately, and first-time readers will be huge fans by the end of the book. My thanks to Bella Books and NetGalley for an eARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Gerri Hill is a top class storyteller. She knows how to get you at the beginning and hold you through a plot. This is no exception. She throws in references to characters we’re familiar with but new readers won’t be ignored. Haley is living in Timber Falls grieving her wife. She has one friend of a similar age who is the local sheriff. Haley runs a restaurant/bar and everyone comes in. The area is quiet except for the few months in the summer when the tourists come in their droves to ride the ra Gerri Hill is a top class storyteller. She knows how to get you at the beginning and hold you through a plot. This is no exception. She throws in references to characters we’re familiar with but new readers won’t be ignored. Haley is living in Timber Falls grieving her wife. She has one friend of a similar age who is the local sheriff. Haley runs a restaurant/bar and everyone comes in. The area is quiet except for the few months in the summer when the tourists come in their droves to ride the rapids. This is life for Haley. Then there’s a murder and an FBI agent, Carter, is sent in to consider whether it has links to an earlier death. Carter and Haley hit it off. But neither one of them is really looking for anything and they fight against the attraction for various reasons. Not least Carter’s future in the FBI. Ms Hill does not let you down. The characters are developed properly, they seem credible even when acting strangely, and the denouement is satisfying. If you’ve read Ms Hill before you won’t be disappointed and if you haven’t you’re in for a treat as there’s something for everyone in her back catalogue. I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    A beautiful story with a mystery that treatens the river rats who enjoy River Ralls Haley Martin has been living in the place she fell in love with wife. She was one river rat now she runs the bar and grill. Lynn Carter is the FBI agent sent when there is a murder at the campgrounds. The beautiful scenery, the space to think and someone share your heart with can change them both. A story unfolds full of mystery, savage revenge and a love story so beautifully written. The serial killer preying on A beautiful story with a mystery that treatens the river rats who enjoy River Ralls Haley Martin has been living in the place she fell in love with wife. She was one river rat now she runs the bar and grill. Lynn Carter is the FBI agent sent when there is a murder at the campgrounds. The beautiful scenery, the space to think and someone share your heart with can change them both. A story unfolds full of mystery, savage revenge and a love story so beautifully written. The serial killer preying on the tourists is the lead but the past of the main characters unfold the lonely hearts trying to move on. I loved the strong women whose life had tragic events but found a way to open up again. Gerri Hill makes romance mystery a good read with twists in the story that leaves you spell bound.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    You really can't go wrong with Gerri Hill, especially when she is writing about crime and this is no exception. An exciting story of Carter a recently appointed FBI agent who is brought in to investigate a murder that soon turns into a hunt for a serial killer in a small forest community. She soon connects with Mike the local Police chief and Hayley the grieving owner of the town's bar and grill. The characters are engaging, I enjoyed the friendship that between all three of them and was gripped You really can't go wrong with Gerri Hill, especially when she is writing about crime and this is no exception. An exciting story of Carter a recently appointed FBI agent who is brought in to investigate a murder that soon turns into a hunt for a serial killer in a small forest community. She soon connects with Mike the local Police chief and Hayley the grieving owner of the town's bar and grill. The characters are engaging, I enjoyed the friendship that between all three of them and was gripped by the murder mystery, read in an afternoon. Recommended lightish reading (there are murders after all). With thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Good start. Thriller aspect with a side of romance. Damaged people (tho aren’t we all) A meet gruesome! The book zips along, we see more of the mains lives, or half lives really. The genres, romance and crime are neatly intertwined and done well so i don’t feel more invested in one than the other. Sometimes, with other less well crafted books I get irritated when one strand of plot gives page time to the other. This feels seamless. The crescendo of the crime arc was exciting to read, and the deve Good start. Thriller aspect with a side of romance. Damaged people (tho aren’t we all) A meet gruesome! The book zips along, we see more of the mains lives, or half lives really. The genres, romance and crime are neatly intertwined and done well so i don’t feel more invested in one than the other. Sometimes, with other less well crafted books I get irritated when one strand of plot gives page time to the other. This feels seamless. The crescendo of the crime arc was exciting to read, and the developing romance was lovely to read. Thanks to Net galley for the ARC

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Williams

    From all the books I read I have to say that Gerri Hill is at her best when she writes a thriller, and boy does she hit the mark with this one.. Timber Falls has two great characters, Haley and Carter. I loved the way their attraction to each other builds each day, but the real pull to the story is the thriller that runs alongside the romance of this book. Once I started I just couldn't put it down. 100% page turner Would I recommend: Oh boy yes, Gerri Hill at her best From all the books I read I have to say that Gerri Hill is at her best when she writes a thriller, and boy does she hit the mark with this one.. Timber Falls has two great characters, Haley and Carter. I loved the way their attraction to each other builds each day, but the real pull to the story is the thriller that runs alongside the romance of this book. Once I started I just couldn't put it down. 100% page turner Would I recommend: Oh boy yes, Gerri Hill at her best

  28. 5 out of 5

    River D

    3.75. Overall it was a well-written book like most of Hill’s works that I’ve read - well-developed characters, plot, dialogue, and settings. I was intrigued by the investigation that Carter and Mike were doing. The chemistry between Carter and Haley has been explosive since they first met. It was a nice read besides the offensive way other characters were describing the killer, regardless of their crimes, I feel like their appearance shouldn’t be made fun of.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    A well written mystery suspense with a little romance. Amazing plot, characters with great chemistry. I enjoyed every bit from start to finish. Another great one for your collection. I recommend 4.5 stars. Thank you, Bella Books, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Recommend this book I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well written and likable. A slow burn romance Murder mystery a serial killer. I have always enough ed this authors book. This book kept my interest from beginning to end. Thanks for another winner.

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