Monday, October 17, 2022

Relentless by Shawn Wilson

About the Book:

After 10 years on Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Homicide Squad, Detective Brian “Brick” Kavanagh thought nothing could shock him. He was wrong. As tourists flock to the city to enjoy the cherry blossom festivities, Brick is assigned to investigate the case of a naked young woman floating in the Tidal Basin. When he learns the victim is connected to another homicide, the case becomes very personal for him. Frustrated by departmental politics and a rush to judgment, he’s convinced the wrong person is in jail. Brick risks everything to the find the truth, which leads to a devastating conclusion in a heartbreaking case.

My Review:

I like this mystery. Brick (Brian) is a tenacious detective. The opening scenes describe him as being willing to scale a fence and commandeer a paddle boat to get a good look at a body dumped in the Tidal Basin. He is relentless at trying to solve the murders. Police department politics is not for him though, especially when naming a culprit is more important than making sure he is the guilty person.

Wilson has given us a god deal of relationship issues among the characters along with the investigative procedure. We get to know Brick and his associates quite well. In that sense the character development is good. I became engaged with several of them rather quickly. There is also quite a bit of character internal thinking.

There are a few twists in this murder mystery. Just when I thought I knew Brick's future there was a final twist that shook everything up. I am looking forward to the next in the series to see how Brick navigates his new situation in the future.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Shawn Wilson was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she was a classmate of Mickey Spillane’s daughter. After graduating from high school, she attended Averett College in Danville, Virginia before moving to the Washington, D.C. area. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from American University and spent more than 30 years working for the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Those years confirmed her belief that on most days, there was more drama at the courthouse than at the Kennedy Center. Having traveled on five continents, Shawn is very happy to call Chicago home. You can find out more at

Oceanview Publishing, 368 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(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.)

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