Sunday, September 22, 2019

Review - The Dancing Girls

Title:   The Dancing Girls
Author:  M.M. Chouinard
Series:  Detective Jo Fournier #1
Genre:   Mystery Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:   308
Date of Publication:  May 15, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars 


When Jeanine Hammond is found dead in a hotel in the picture-perfect town of Oakhust, newly-promoted Detective Jo Fournier is thrown into a disturbing case. Who would murder this shy, loving wife and leave her body posed like a ballerina?

Jo wants to know why Jeanine’s husband is so controlling about money, and where Jeanine’s wedding ring is, but before she and her team can get close to the truth, another woman is found strangled in a hotel, arms placed gracefully above her head like a dancer.

While digging through old case files, Jo makes a terrifying link to a series of cold cases: each victim bears the same strangulation marks. But the FBI won’t take Jo seriously, and if she disobeys direct orders by investigating the killings outside of her jurisdiction, it will mean the end of the career she’s already sacrificed so much for, even her relationship.

Just as Jo is beginning to lose hope, she finds messages on the victims’ computers that make her question whether these small-town women were hiding big lies. Jo thinks this is the missing link between the victims, but she knows the killer is moments away from selecting his next victim. Will it lead her to the most twisted killer of her career in time, or will another innocent life be lost?

An absolutely unputdownable and brilliant new crime thriller series that fans of Robert Dugoni, Lisa Regan and Melinda Leigh will devour in one sitting. 


There is a new breed of victims for newly appointed Lieutenant Jo Fournier. When a married woman is found murdered at a hotel room - minus her wedding ring - Jo and her team are on the case. Jo wasn't crazy about her new position and thought she might be stuck behind her desk. That is definitely not the case when they are called to this particular crime scene. There are not a lot of clues and it seems like this might quickly become a cold case.

Some time passes, and later Jo needs to pay her dad a visit. While there, Jo is allowed to attend a current crime scene. Imagine her shock when she discovers that it is quite similar to the case of the woman at the hotel. There was one other identifying mark with the now cold case that matches what Jo has run into now. She is now more than positive that they are dealing with a serial killer and that they must do whatever they can to stop another woman from becoming the very next victim.

In this thrilling beginning of a new series by M.M. Chouinard, readers are not only given Jo's POV, but that of the killer. However, he is always one step ahead of Jo and her team and they work feverishly to identify him and to bring an end to his nefarious activities.

With a few twists and turns and the shocking red herrings, this book definitely captured my attention. I love coming in on the ground floor of a new series and enjoyed reading this story and meeting Jo. The next book is Taken to the Grave, and having already read it, I will say that this series is going to continue to be an enjoyable one.


M.M. Chouinard's first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity's sake, she released them. She's currently at work on her seventh novel.

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