Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Review: What Lies Beneath Stillwater (A Winston Radhauser Mystery #12) by Susan Clayton-Goldner @SusanCGoldner

What Lies Beneath Stillwater

A Winston Radhauser Mystery #12

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Published: August 9, 2022

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller


Blurb:


When an infant's skull is revealed during a groundbreaking for the new homeless shelter behind Harrison Mortuary, Detective Winston Radhauser immediately opens an investigation.

While cordoning the scene, Radhauser spots a giant of a man standing at the back of the gathering crowd. He's crying. The two of them lock gazes for an instant before the big man scurries away.

Radhauser turns to Sister Anne Monique, a long-time resident of Ashland who knows the history of the mortuary better than anyone. When she's told about the discovery, she seems almost frightened. She tells Radhauser The Stillwater Home for Unwed Mothers preceded the mortuary and housed pregnant women, most of them teens. Dr. Stillwater sold the property in 1973. When asked about the man at the groundbreaking, the sister says Roosevelt Levingston had been the home's caretaker.

Medical Examiner Steven Heron and his forensic team excavate the site. The remains of more than twenty infants are discovered. Forensic anthropologists estimate the bones are thirty to fifty years old. Cause of death is unknown.

What went on at the Stillwater?

What caused the death of so many newborns?

Who buried these children?

Radhauser won't stop until he has the answers.


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My Review:

Detective Winston Radhauser is attending the groundbreaking of the new homeless shelter behind Harrison Mortuary when the Mayor digs up a skull. Radhauser immediately starts quarantining off the site. More than twenty skulls all belonging to babies is dug up that day. Before Harrison Mortuary was Harrison Mortuary it was a home for unwed mothers.

Radhauser’s investigation takes him into the past to when the crimes were committed. His investigation opens up a lot of old wounds and secrets, secrets that I would imagine a lot of people who would like to stay secret. Secrets that could tear hearts and people apart. Secrets that will turn a lot of lives upside down. Secrets that some would pay dearly to keep in the past.

Why would anyone want to harm a child like this or any other way for that matter? How much are they willing to pay to keep those secrets in the past?

Radhauser’s investigation of a murder in the past leads to murder in the present. A man who worked at the home for unwed mothers is found dead. Someone really wanted to keep the past in the past. The victim is from the past but is the killer?

I was thrilled to hear about another Winston Radhauser Mystery as I do love Radhauser and his little family. I have read each and every book in the Winston Radhauser Mystery Series and I must say that I have loved each and every one. Each book is unique in its own way.

And just like all the others What Lies Beneath Stillwater captured my attention from the first page as I was drawn once again into Detective Winston Radhauser’s world touching my heart and filling it with so many different emotions. I can’t wait for the next Detective Winston Radhauser Mystery to make its appearance.

As with all of Susan’s books I highly recommend that you grab a copy of What Lies Beneath Stillwater today and enter a world full of mystery and suspense!  


Be sure and check out all the books in the Winston Radhauser Mystery Series


Redemption Lake #1

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When Time Is A River #2

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A River of Silence #3

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River of Shame #4

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Lake of the Dead #5

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Bloody Creek Murder #6

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Red Hatchet Falls #7

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Lake of Bad Dreams #8

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River Running Backwards #9

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Forgotten Creek #10

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Lost Creek Cabin #11

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What Lies Beneath Stillwater #12

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AUTHOR BIO:

Susan Clayton-Goldner was born in New Castle, Delaware and grew up with four brothers along the banks of the Delaware River. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the National Writers' Association Novel Award twice for unpublished novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals as Teachers and Healers, published by Ballantine Books, Our Mothers/Ourselves, by the Greenwood Publishing Group, The Hawaii Pacific Review-Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings. A collection of her poems, A Question of Mortality was released in 2014 by Wellstone Press. Prior to writing full time, Susan worked as the Director of Corporate Relations for University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. 

Susan shares a life in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband, Andreas, her fictional characters, and more books than one person could count. 


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