Goode Over Evil (Crystal Creek Mystery #1) by Leslie Marshman #bookreview #mystery #romance #suspense

Title: Goode Over Evil

Author: Leslie Marshman

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Publication Date: September 18, 2019

Page Count: 237

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

She left town to save a life. Now she’s back to avenge a death.

Years ago, Samantha Goode was driven away from love, her family, and her past. Now the Texas Ranger is back in Crystal Creek for her estranged grandmother’s funeral, even though it means coming face to face with everything, and everyone, she’d left behind. When a brutal murder shatters her world, Sam is determined to stay until she solves it. Soon she’s knee-deep in suspects, including the family of the man she once loved but was forced to betray.

Rancher Clayton Barnett will do anything to keep his autistic younger brother out of an institution, including sidelining his life to work for their powerful, manipulative father. When tragedy brings Sam back into his life, instead of rekindling their romance, Clay finds himself embroiled in a dangerous murder investigation.

Will old secrets pull Sam and Clay apart once more, or can they rise above their past? And with a ruthless killer on the loose, will Sam’s hard-earned Ranger skills be enough to ensure that Goode triumphs over evil?


Goode Over Evil by Leslie Marshman is the first book of the Crystal Creek Mystery series. With this book being the first of the series I’m not sure if it will continue with the same characters or change since the genre bends a bit  from straight mystery to almost a romantic suspense. The main characters do have a back ground do it’s not a case of insta love but  they do have some steamier moments for those that may not enjoy.

Samantha Goode fled her hometown years ago without telling anyone, including Clayton Barnett whom she had been in a relationship with. The time away had been good for Samantha though having become a Texas Ranger. When she gets a call asking her back for a funeral she almost resistes but  the decides to go.

After returning to Crystal Creek Samantha soon finds herself back on the job where she is most comfortable when a murder shakes the small town. Working to solve the murder Sam finds herself also being drawn back into Clayton’s life.

Goode Over Evil was a solid, quick read with one of those tough as nails female leads. The romantic side of the story is one that I don’t mind since there was a huge history however combining the romance into a mystery as the short length made everything a bit rushed and could have perhaps gone deeper. In the end I’d give this first book of the series 3 1/2 stars.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Award-winning suspense author Leslie Marshman is (finally) putting her psychology degree to good use, getting inside the heads of her characters and figuring out what makes them tick. She writes novels that feature kick-ass heroines, the heroes who love them, and the bad guys who fear them.

Leslie called Denver home until she married a Texan without reading the fine print. Now she lives halfway between Houston and Galveston and has learned to embrace the humidity. Her household includes two miniature poodles named Harley and Davidson, and a three-legged box turtle named Stumpy. If she’s not at her computer making things up, you’ll probably find her camping at a lake, a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other.

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