Great start to an interesting series--it is actually an older book by these two but I found it compelling and all the characters likable! The mystery itself was good--realistic. The fact that Sharyn is the sheriff makes it a no nonsense cozy--by that I mean, no stupid scenarios by an amateur. I liked her compassion and willingness to be open-minded despite the pressure placed on her--some of the pressure wasn't explained really well but maybe it is expanded in later books! Looking forward to the next one!
I found "Last Dance" by Jim and Joyce Lavene to be a fairly good mystery, although there was not a whole lot of character development except in the main protagonist, Sharyn Howard, the "new" sheriff of Diamond Springs, NC. She has hard legacy to live up to since her father and grandfather were both sheriff of the small town before her.
Things heat up when the body of a popular and pretty high school senior is found on the high school parking lot after the prom. The manner of death and the way the body is left are very similar to a 10-year-old case that Sharyn's father handled and sent a man to death row for committing.
A good mystery that is a bit predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'll read more in this series, The Sharyn Howard Mystery series.