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“A perfect blend of mystery and wry humor, this terrific series just keeps getting better. Chief Lynch is an utterly original character, and Stephanie Gayle has created a world I can’t wait to return to time and again.”— Kelly J. Ford, author of Cottonmouths
“Stephanie Gayle doesn’t gently lead you into the town of Idyll, Connecticut. Rather, she sucks you in through a vortex, crafting a remarkably detailed story that weaves the mystery of the disappearance of a young girl around small-town politics, prejudices, and secrets. Gayle grabs your attention from the first page and dares you to quit reading.”—Robin Yocum, Edgar® Award–nominated author of A Brilliant Death
“In Idyll Hands, Chief Thomas Lynch’s boredom is the reader’s gain. The quiet town of Idyll, Connecticut, has a few open wounds, and our man Lynch has the time to get to the bottom of things. Dark stories, charmingly told."—Lori Rader-Day, Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author of Little Pretty Things
“By utilizing dual narratives to unearth the ghosts of the past, Gayle navigates the dangers of scandalous secrets and biased mentalities at play in small-town America, in what proves to be the best Thomas Lynch procedural to date.”—Kristopher Zgorski, founder of BOLO Books and recipient of the 2018 MWA Raven Award
Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats and Idyll Fears, the first and second Thomas Lynch novels, and My Summer of Southern Discomfort, which was chosen as one of Redbook’s Top Ten Summer Reads and was a Book Sense monthly pick. Gayle has also published stories and narrative nonfiction pieces, including two Pushcart Prize nominees.