Hush Now Baby by Cheryl Bradshaw
14th September 2018 – 5/5 stars.
Sometimes, you come across a book that grabs you from the first line, connecting on a deeper level than most books. Hush Now Baby was one of those books with a slick, but friendly style that took you into its confidence and promised a memorable journey.
Sloane Monroe, a Private Investigator who’s questioning her choice of career after several people she cared about suffered during recent investigations. Not having read the first five books in the series, I can only guess at what happened, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment as this reads well as a standalone.
Then there’s Cade, a local law enforcement officer who could be more than a friend if only Sloane could overcome her fears and doubts and open up. Their relationship was beautifully portrayed through each tentative step as the investigation into his cousin’s murder gathered pace.
Yes, the investigation is personal, adding another layer to the story.
There’s lots of introspection and anxiety, but this doesn’t stop Sloane from being a gutsy and witty PI, with more than a nod or three to Kinsey Millhone, Sue Grafton’s iconic heroine. But Sloane’s no carbon copy.
The pace is steady, building the suspense in small increments. There’s a heavy accent on the characters and their relationships, all skilfully observed and drawn, creating a rich backstory that runs like silk through the story. But this is as much a story about people as it is a murder investigation and better for it, in my opinion.
And having visited Jackson Hole in Wyoming, where the story takes place, it brought back some happy memories.
I will definitely be reading more of the series as I love the author’s distinctive style and rich array of characters.
On a crisp, fall night, Serena Westwood wakes to the faint stirs of her crying baby.
Bottle in hand, she tiptoes to the other side of the house, sneaks up to the crib, looks in. A wave of panic grips her as her real nightmare begins. Inside the crib, there is no baby.
If you’re a fan of Sue Grafton and Mary Higgins Clark, you’ll love these suspenseful mysteries.
Tags: Crime fiction, Kinsey Millhone, Murder mystery