About the Book
When forensic pathologist Grace Reilly begins to notice a curious pattern in autopsies of elderly rural Missouri residents, she suspects foul play.
Sheriff Nate Kincaid isn't convinced the deaths are related, but as they work together to investigate, the danger escalates. Because exposing the truth could destroy several lives--including Grace's.
This is a good book of mystery and suspense from Hannon. The plot is developed well. We come to know there is a killer at work since we read some of that person's thoughts. We don't know who the person is or how the unusual murders are done. I appreciate Hannon bringing in a new method of murder, seemingly almost undetectable. I also appreciate the heroine, Grace, thinking through the unusual situation well enough that she knows what expert to consult. The villain was not a surprise as we are kind of set up for it but Hannon did a good job of hiding the conclusive information until near the suspenseful end.
There is some romance in this novel between Grace and the sheriff. I was happy to see that it was very well done. While we are reminded of its presence, the romance remains in the background while the murders and investigation are still going on. The romance is not rushed nor inappropriate.
This is a good novel for readers who like a tenacious heroine in a rather unusual profession. The faith aspect is present but rather subtle. While this novel is part of a series, it read well on its own. Characters from the previous novels enter this one, adding to character interest but not essential to the plot. Hannon has not lost her touch for crafting engaging fiction and I'll be looking for her next one.
My rating 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Irene Hannon is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. You can find out more at www.irenehannon.com.
Revell, 368 pages.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)