Idyll Threats Review

Idyll Threats Review
A new police chief arrives in Idyll, Connecticut the summer of 1997. He is a big guy with a deep, commanding voice who is mourning the death of his partner, shot by a drug dealer. As Chief Thomas Lynch settles into his new home and job, he hopes the small town can bring him a sense of belonging and peace.

One evening he was sitting in his car on a secluded road, wanting to be alone with his thoughts, especially about Rick, his former partner. Just as he decided it was time to go home a car sped by at high speed.

He caught up with the man and quickly realized they had the same inclination. The two went to an abandoned shack close to the golf course. Unfortunately, a couple was already there and they recognized him. Everyone went their separate ways.

The next day, the female who was in the shack the night before was found dead on the golf course. Chief Lynch hoped he and his detectives could work the case without them finding out about the previous evening.

With pressure from the mayor to find a quick resolution to the murder, and the suspicions of his deputies to cope with, Lynch is fighting for a job he doesn’t want to lose and a lifestyle he wants to keep to himself.

Idyll Threats, A Thomas Lynch Novel, by Stephanie Gayle is a powerful look at a conflicted officer of the law who would do almost anything to keep his secret. The author has created a believable character that one could easily root for, and hope that everything would work out.

Hopefully, we will see further stories based on Chief Lynch; and they will be welcome. While the main character struggles, the author does not in this strong, no holds barred novel.

The writing is raw and may turn some readers away, but the honesty is welcome and a large part of the success of the story. I especially like how the writer wrote the ending.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Idyll Threats: A Thomas Lynch Novel, it is available at

A special thank you goes to Seven Street Books for providing us a complimentary copy of this novel for our review.

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