“Consequences” is another installment in the Hap Lynch mystery series by Pat McGrath Avery. It received an Honorable Mention, at the Author Zone (TAZ) Awards. It is also published under the name “Murder has Consequences”.

Consequence is a serious mystery that examines the psychological aspect of women and their relationship with their brothers. In one case, Michaela stood by his brother when he was gunned down on a street corner. Afraid that the killer is looking for her as she was a witness to this shooting, she runs to South Padre Island, Texas. There Hap Lynch, a retired Kansas City policeman introduces her to Betty. Betty is depressed and ashamed as her newly found half-brother killed her friend and co-worker in a botched robbery attempt and is now in prison. Can the woman’s friendship help to overcome their fear and the consequences of violence?

A thousand miles away, two ruthless smugglers have built a lucrative business. They have blackmailed a third man, Juan, with threats against his family into working with them.

The book explores the fear of undocumented individuals living in the shadows in our country and how they and their loved ones can be blackmailed. It also examines the horrors of human smuggling.

The author dedicates this book to all who have been the victims of greed, corruption and violence. Each chapter starts with a interesting quote, from current philosophers to ancient ones. Each quote could provoke a discussion in and of itself.

I loved this book and think it would be a great book for book clubs. It is short only 165 pages and filled with topics for clubs to discuss.

5 stars out of 5

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