Social Worker Claire Conover Mystery #3
Little White Lies
By Margaret Fenton
As a social worker in Birmingham, Alabama, Claire Conover has seen things other people just hear and talk about. She is a champion for the countless children that find their way into the system. Each of them touches her heart in different ways, but none of them have ever come home with her. That is about to change. A thirteen-year-old runaway, LaReesa Jones has ditched her foster home and has been living on the streets. She turns up at Claire’s office after suffering a beating at the worst possible moment.
Claire immediately wants to help LaReesa, but another emergency child on Claire’s caseload could be in danger. That same morning a bomb exploded in a local election campaign office, killing a young man. Sadly, he was a single father of a baby girl who was at daycare when he died. When Claire discovers the next of kin, she realizes the child is connected to a very rich influential man that would spell disaster for the baby. She needs to find another legal option to save her.
Exhausted from the day and situation, Claire steps up to foster LaRessa. When she arrives home, her boyfriend has no clue what she has done. Claire explains to him that she had no choice. He is sorry for the life LaReesa has led, but feels that Claire should have at least discussed this important step before bringing the troubled teen home.
The fate of the baby, LaRessa and Claire’s relationship hinges on the next few days and weeks. Claire won’t help the situation by poking her nose into places people want to keep secret with her friend, Kirk. He is an investigative reporter that she has worked with many times before. It is evident he wants to be more than friends.
Little White Lies has page-turning action wrapped in lies and deceit. All will be revealed by the end of the book. I really enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns that lead readers to the truth in the end. While this is the third book in the series, it reads well as a stand-alone novel. I have not read the previous books in the series, but plan to do so in the near future.
Author Margaret Fenton knows about the child welfare system as she was a child and family therapist for the child welfare department in her county. She is an avid mystery fan, which is evident by the care she takes to wrap up all of the delicious twists and turns in her novel. Yet, keeps a tiny bit that readers can anticipate reading about in the next book of this series. I can’t wait to read it.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from publicist Maryglenn Warnock and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2023 Laura Hartman