Detective Katie Scott #9
Like a precious doll, the girl leans against the towering pine tree with her long bare legs stretched out and her hands folded neatly in her lap. Her head tilts towards the sky, but this innocent child will never feel the warm glow of morning sun again; her fragile little body is cold, her tender heart is still.When Detective Katie Scott receives a plea from neighboring Coldwater Creek to help with a tragic murder, she doesn’t hesitate. Fifteen-year-old Ivy Miller’s naked body was found tied to a tree, a freshly inked pink rose tattoo on her arm. The word “MORE” carved into her back means sweet Ivy could be the first of many…Katie’s heart aches for the young girl whose life ended before it had even begun. But she has her work cut out with the inexperienced police department fumbling the case at every turn. There hasn’t been a murder in this small town for as long as anyone can remember, but why will none of the locals cooperate? Katie’s only lead is a blurry photograph of Ivy’s long-missing mother found in Ivy’s bedroom. If she can find out where it was taken, Katie knows she’ll have the first clue in a mystery that has been haunting Coldwater Creek for years.But Katie’s world crashes down when Ivy’s two best friends are found murdered in the same woods days later. Inked with the same pretty flower, the rose girls were keeping a deadly secret. Katie will never forgive herself for not making the connection in time. As mothers cling to their daughters, terrified to let them out of their sight, Katie’s search leads her to an abandoned building deep in the forest where the last photo of Ivy’s mother was taken. But will she survive long enough to stop more heart-shattering tragedies?
I have told it before, but I want to say it again: I am a big dog lover. That’s of course one of the things that make me like this series so much.
I first of all would like to thank the author. I was a bit disappointed by the previous book due to the small role Cisco played. I am very happy to see this time Cisco had a much bigger part and I loved it. I also like Katie a lot. She is dertemined to put baddies behind bars, but she would rather put herself in danger than her beloved canine. I know he wants to protect her and she knows it too of course, but she would be heart broken and I would be too if something would happen to him.
So yes, the story starts without Cisco because Katie, Gav and John have been at a congress and the dog was being taken care of by Katie’s uncle or by someone at the police kennels. Katie does not hesitate though to send for her canine as soon as possible when she is forced to stay away from home longer than expected due to a murder case she has to take care of in another town.
Our fantastic trio is reunited again and together they do their utter best to solve the mystery. Unfortunately they don’t seem to be to get on top and they need help… and fast.
This is another great new installment. It always touches me more when young people are involved and it’s devastating to see whey those lives are being wasted. Very good book. 5 stars
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.