Detective Katie Scott #3
On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood.
“I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room.
Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced on the decking the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.
All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?
Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.
Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realises that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left…
What’s not to love about this series?
The author has created a third amazing story in a row. Her characters are wonderful too.
There is Katie who is great in solving cases, assisted by her faithful dog Cisko. She is determined, stubborn and does not like to ask for help. She rather faces the music alone and protect her loved ones then accepting their help, but you can’t do everything on your own. Cisko maybe had a smaller role this time, but he remains irreplaceable.
She works closely with John, the forensic specialist and deputy McGaven. McGaven tries to keep her in line sometimes, but she does not really listen and John is John. I don’t know what his story is, but he sometimes gives me the creeps.
Katie, who normally takes care of cold cases, finds herself in the middle of a very hot one this time that hits very close to home.
The chapters are short and when the pace picks up, the author adds to it by writing even shorter ones. It feels like being caught in a whirlwind. Love it!
Totally, utterly amazingly good book. 5 stars
Thank you, Jennifer Chase and Bookouture
About the author
Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.
In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.
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