on May 22, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Mystery & Detective, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Police Procedural, Psychological, Psychological Thriller
To save what is left of his career and his sanity, Chicago homicide detective Ross McGuire moves to the quiet town of Brownsburg, Indiana. Three years earlier, his fiancée was the victim of a serial killer that continues to elude the taskforce in Chicago. When a woman is found murdered in Brownsburg the day after he arrives, Ross immediately recognizes the similarities to the Chicago victims. He decides not to reveal his suspicions about the link between the new victim and the unsolved murders in Chicago so he can finally search for the killer himself.
Brownsburg K-9 patrol officer Jae Redmond is raising her two-year-old son while wrangling her energetic partner, Zoso. Intrigued by the new detective, she stumbles onto Ross’s connection to the serial killer in Chicago. When he convinces her that he is the only one who can draw the killer out, she risks her job to keep his secret and help him with his covert investigation.
FIVE KILLER STARS
First I hate when reviewers rewrite the entire book. But I’ll give you a quick rundown of the book. Chicago police detective Ross McGuire lost his fiancée to a serial killer, he moves from Chicago to a small town outside of Indianapolis. The killer isn’t done with Ross and the killer follows him to Brownsburg Indiana.
In Brownsburg, Ross meets Jae Redman and her K-9 partner Zoso. Jae is very recently divorced with an toddler named Billy.
The story by Beth Crawford is extremely well written and it had me burning the midnight oil. Ross as a character has completely shut down since his fiancée murder. He was shut out of the investigation in which he had been the primary detective, which drove the characters life for four years.
Jae Redman K-9 patrol officer is a young mother raising her toddler son Billy. Jae’s character is a no nonsense type of gal. Her entire family unit is real and delightful to read. She has a great relationship with her K-9 Zoso and he is an older brother to Billy. I loved Billy as he was written by a author who obviously has been around kids, as he was so real. Which a lot of kids in books, especially toddler, aren’t always written correctly.
There is a tiny romance between Ross and Jae, it’s doesn’t over shadow the police procedural part, as they hunt for a serial killer. The tangled web of lies and murder, is crafted to the point that I was guessing who the killer was until the end. There is no sex in the book, but Jae and Ross do become a team like Eve and Roark from J.D. Robb’s In Death series as they have each other’s backs during the investigation into the murders in Brownsburg Indiana.
Loved the book and will be reading more from this author! If you too love mysteries, police procedural, psychological thrillers or just love a well crafted story you need to read this book.