Best Laid Plans
by Gwen Florio

In the first of a new mystery series, we meet Nora Best as she flees her old life – cheating husband and all – and takes to the road with an Airstream trailer.

Nora Best is the envy of her friends. She’s just turned fifty and has traded in her home with The Perfect-Ass Husband for an Airstream trailer and an adventure of a lifetime across the US. But during their leaving party, Nora finds her husband in a compromising position with a friend. Storming out of the party she jumps into her truck with no idea how to tow the Airstream or where she’s going.

Nora ends up in a campground in the mountains of Wyoming, drowning her sorrows with its managers, Brad and Miranda. When she is woken by a frantic Miranda after Brad has disappeared and bloodstains have been found around the campsite, Nora finds herself caught up in an adventure she could never have expected . . . facing a charge of murder.


Baffling circumstances combine with life-changing adventures in this breathtaking page-turner

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Florio’s suspenseful mystery will have readers rooting for amateur sleuth Nora

Library Journal Starred Review

Engrossing … Florio keeps the twists and turns coming as Nora gains confidence and independence. Fans of strong female leads will look forward to seeing more of plucky Nora

Publishers Weekly

A suspenseful romp with a relatable narrator, a skillfully shrouded mystery, and a satisfying romance


A flawed, complex, compelling heroine . . . Florio's heroine faces challenges that are both gut-wrenchingly difficult and all too common today. Her determination to rise above them raises this convoluted tale far above the crowd

Kirkus Reviews on Under the Shadows

An engrossing fifth mystery featuring Magpie, Mont. . . . Few will be able to resist this moving tale of redemption

Publishers Weekly on Under the Shadows

Compelling, realistically flawed characters and a timely story line . . . make this one of Florio's hardest-hitting mysteries yet

Library Journal on Reservations

Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio grew up in a farmhouse filled with books and a ban on television. After studying English at the University of Delaware, she began a thirty-plus year career in journalism that has taken her around the country and to more than a dozen countries, including several conflict zones.Her first novel in the Lola Wick mystery series, Montana, won the Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction and the High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for the Shamus Award, an International Thriller Award and a Silver Falchion Award. She has since released four other books in the Lola Wick series and one standalone novel. Best Laid Plans is her first novel with Severn House.

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Best Laid Plans by Gwen Florio is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278902452nd February 2021150 X 220mm256$28.99
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