Thirty Three year old Police Sergeant, Leona Reese, (Leo), has been on the force for over ten years. She’s always been a crack shot, but not this time. She’s just failed her bi yearly shooting test due to a problem with her eyesight. Leo is shocked and dismayed. She’s even more astounded when she gets reassigned to a DHS department. Although it’s a three month temporary assignment until Leo gets her sight sorted out, she’s devastated.
When Leo reports to her new department for work, she is given a case where an elderly woman has been murdered at an assisted care residential accommodation. At first it seems as though the woman has been murdered by a would be burglar. It soon becomes apparent that something is off. It’s definitely not the simple case it first appeared to be. Will Leo’s investigative police experience enable her to solve the case before someone else becomes a victim?
There is far more to this book than the synopsis outlines.
Leo has a life partner, Daria. Both women are struggling with their own problems and their relationship has gone off key. Work issues and now health issues have taken a toll on their relationship. Leo certainly has her plate full, she has an important decision to make regarding her health and a killer to catch. She also needs time to spend with Daria to get their relationship back on track. Due to Daria’s work commitments, this won’t be easy. Every way Leo turns there is an obstacle. Will she ever get her life sorted out?
First and foremost, this is a mystery. Following a close second, we have the characters and their lives outside of the mystery. This book actually has two stories. The main story with the mystery and how it’s solved. The secondary story follows the deceased woman’s partner, Eleanor. Both stories are cleverly interwoven together and each is important in it’s own right. All the characters interacted well together, they are well formed and multidimensional. The story is fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat.
The murder mystery is solved right near the end of the book. I didn’t guess who the perpetrator was either. Always an added bonus.
The story concluded, but there are a number of things left in readiness for the sequel, which should be due out soon.
This book is a page turner, as I’ve come to expect from any book Lori Lake writes. A well written story, with likeable characters, an exciting believable plot and a comfortable easy read. I’m always confident when buying a Lori Lake book of an enjoyable read. Another to add to my pile of books to re-read