Sunday, January 17, 2021

On My Radar: Jess Montgomery's The Stills

After the first two of Jess Montgomery's Kinship historical mysteries, The Widows and The Hollows, made my Best Reads lists of 2019 and 2020, you know for a fact that I did a happy dance when I learned that there was to be a book three. Montgomery's books have proved to be a heady blend of story, character, history, and sense of place. If I were a cat, these books would be such a potent variety of catnip they'd be illegal.

Let me tell you more about the third book in the Kinship series.

Available March 9, 2021!

"Ohio, 1927: Moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, and even the otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Jebediah Ranklin almost dies after drinking tainted moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and―with the help of organizer and moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb―is determined to find out who.

But then, Lily’s nemesis, the businessman George Vogel, reappears in town with his new wife, Fiona. Along with them is also her former brother-in-law Luther Ross, now an agent for the newly formed Bureau of Prohibition. To Lily, it seems too much of a coincidence that they should arrive now.

As fall turns to winter, a blizzard closes in. Lily starts to peel back the layers of deception shrouding the town of Kinship, but soon she discovers that many around her seem to be betraying those they hold dear―and that Fiona too may have an agenda of her own.

The Stills certainly sounds like another winner, doesn't it? All that, and I even like the covers. If you haven't read these books, I can't recommend them highly enough.


  1. OH, wow! Yes, a happy dance. Have you read it yet? I guess not because you didn't rate it yet. I'm sure it'll be very good.

    1. Ack! I forgot to put the release date under the cover. Thanks for pointing out that oversight, Kathy. I haven't read it yet, but I will be soon.

  2. There's nothing like it when you hear about the next novel in a series you love, is there, Cathy? It sounds like a great addition to the series, and I hope it lives up to your expectations.

  3. I still haven't read The Widows, but I really liked The Hollows and look forward to this one, too!

  4. I love your enthusiasm...another "new" author for me to check into. Just what I need. LOL


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