Author: Helen Phifer
Series: Detective Morgan Brookes #8
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 265
Date of Publication: December 19, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Three dead bodies. A small family of three. When Detective Morgan Brookes is called to the case it is actually a scene of a fire. It doesn’t take long for evidence to reveal that the fire was set to cover over the murders. No one had a chance of surviving. In fact, as this book begins, the wife Sally is driving home and enters her home and finds it too quiet. That is when she herself is immediately killed in the same manner as her husband and son.
Morgan jumps into this case. There is a particular clue left that gives Morgan just enough information to get started on her investigation. She thinks at the very beginning that she has a strong suspect because everything begins to fall into place rather quickly. However, when a similar event occurs, she realizes her chief suspect just might not be the killer.
While Morgan is working on this investigation, her team, including her boyfriend Ben, are still dealing with the loss of one of their own. Already sensitive to the loss of one of her colleagues, Morgan finds herself very emotional about these murders and wants them solved as quickly as possible. If this means placing herself in danger in order to solve this case, then that’s what she will do.
Having been drawn into this series from the very beginning, I have found Morgan to be quite a strong protagonist. Helen Phifer displays yet another facet of Morgan’s intense personality in this book. In this latest installment, I felt that Morgan was more sensitive than she has been on other cases. I was truly riveted to this book and any lover of intrigue and drama would be as hooked as I was. Factor in a few surprises that led to a powerful conclusion and this book easily earned five stars. In fact, I loved being truly surprised at the killer’s identity. As always, I am more than eager for the next book in the series.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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