1st October 2019. 4 stars.
Another enjoyable book in the Sloane Monroe series finds her at a school reunion, where Doug Ward is brutally murdered. Determined to find out why, Sloane has to go back into the past to find who would want to kill him. As she stirs up old resentments, there are more murders and threats on her life.
Sloane is a resourceful and tenacious private detective with a direct approach that gets results, even if it ruffles a few feathers along the way. She cares about the people she represents and often puts herself in danger – though she’s helped by Giovanni, a mysterious gangster type with a soft spot for her. His help and protection mitigated most of the danger she faced and allowed her to get results with less effort than normal, which rather took the edge off the story for me.
But like the previous two books, which should be read first to get the most out of this one, the writing is smooth and confident, with a good pace, leading to an exciting climax, even though it was fairly straightforward to identify the killer and motive.
If you enjoy character driven murder mysteries by authors like Sue Grafton, the Sloane Monroe series should appeal to you.
Doug Ward has been running from his past for twenty years.
But after his fourth whisky of the night, his steely resolve has started to crack, and he doesn’t want to keep quiet — not anymore.
When blood is found on the deck where Doug was last seen, private investigator Sloane Monroe goes in search of the truth and uncovers the biggest secret of them all.