McLaren is back but the tables have turned a little. The tough cases are in someone else’s backyard for a change. McLaren’s mate Jamie is being promoted and they’re having a party. While it might be the surprise of a lifetime it most certainly is not the one they were planning.
Another great Michael McLaren story. My favorite character is back mending stone walls and helping people solve crimes; people that really need help. And yet, someone is lying; you know how mysteries are...someone is always lying.
Although the POV hasn’t changed, the author has managed to change the spotlight to shine on a secondary character and she’s done a good job of it. She’s almost made Jamie and McLaren seem as if they were partners again; working together as they did years ago.
Hiestand is excellent at making her characters come alive. Her writing is poetic. “...grey clouds heavy with potential rain fanned eastward from the western horizon. Everything earthbound took on their dense, somber hue...”. Between her expressive writing and skill at character description, it’s almost as if she creates a stage in your mind; as if you’re watching a “play”.
There were two other aspects I thought were great in this book. The author created a lot more tension during the action scenes. Made me want to read even faster. And secondly, she made it impossible to know who the bad guy/girl was right til the very end.
This is Book 12 of a series titled “The McLaren Mysteries”. While it can be read as a stand-alone, you’ll be missing out on a lot of McLaren cases if you don’t read the whole series.