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The Murder Book: A Cold Case Investigation. Book 2 Paperback – 1 Mar 2019
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Praise for A Cold Day in Hell, Book 1 of the Cold Case Investigation series:
"Recommend this one to anyone who loves courtroom dramas where lawyers tear into witnesses like pit bulls. And to anyone hot for a police procedural where tired cops make mistakes but slowly, relentlessly--and with morbid humor--get the job done. Redmond delivers both in one package...The real attraction here is a keyhole view into a world that turns our expectations upside down--a world where a bullying, quasi-fascist cop can be the only one with a handle on reality. Keep your eyes on Redmond, a retired cop who knows how to write."--Booklist
"Redmond, a recently retired Buffalo PD homicide detective, keeps everything moving nicely in this well-constructed crime novel."--Publishers Weekly
"An excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller."--Kirkus Reviews
"A Cold Day in Hell is a fine first novel and Lauren Riley is cool new addition to the world of PI and cop protagonists. A retired detective, Lissa Marie Redmond gives it to the reader without the sugarcoating and lifts the veil off how the system really works...or doesn't."--Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break
"Ex-cop Lissa Redmond has a sure hand with police procedure, which should be no surprise. The joy of A Cold Day in Hell comes from her equally sure hand with storytelling. This is a welcome new voice on the crime scene." --SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Ghost Hero
About the Author
Lissa Marie Redmond is a retired cold case homicide detective. She handled a number of high-profile cases and has appeared on numerous television shows including Dateline and Murder by Numbers. The first book in her Cold Case Investigation series, A Cold Day in Hell was published in 2018 by Midnight Ink Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Buffalo Noir, Down & Out: The Magazine, and other publications. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, she lives and writes in Buffalo, NY with her family.
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I really enjoyed the first in this series - A Cold Day in Hell - when I read it last year. Well, up to the end which I did admit to struggling a bit with at the time. Now, after reading this follow up, I see why it had to end the way it did! I would also encourage you to also read the first book before this one as lot of what happens in this book follows on and, although there is the obligatory catch up, I personally think you'll enjoy this book better if you have the full background. Also, a gentle warning that, once again, there are some unresolved things at the end of this book. Series arcs if you like; forewarned and all that!
So, cold case detective Lauren Riley is attacked in her office late at night and left for dead. It's only due to her partner Shane coming back for something forgotten that she survives. She has scant memories of what happened but does remember a few key things that worry her more. As does what is missing from her desk; her murder book. Then by accident they get a lead to new information on a cold case. Without the murder book to refer to, Lauren and Shane ask a retired detective for help. Hopefully this will help them get to the bottom of the cold case and find out who hurt Lauren.
And then another old face from Lauren's past pops up again...
Wow, this book hit the ground running and didn't let up until the very end. Part of why I love series books is for character backstory development and, well, let's just say that Lauren's is pretty darned interesting! The plotting is tight and, at times, a bit convoluted, definitely shocking, but it all comes together nicely at the conclusion of this book with just a little bit left over for next time!
Another thing I love about this genre book, when well done, is the interaction between the detective partners. Here, Lauren and Shane have the best relationship and banter. Sparking off each other but also being very protective too.
Pacing is fast, characters are well crafted, the story flows well, and the whole thing left me both satisfied and hankering for more of the same. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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Despite entreaties from her family, doctors, and coworkers to take time off, when Riley wakes up, she is driven to find out why a police officer would attack her and steal the murder book. Trusting only her partner Shane Reese, Riley turns to retired detective Charlie Daley for assistance. Together, they track down an elusive informant who has information about a decades-old murder that may be related to her attack. As they seek evidence for a police conspiracy, they face challenges ranging from a leak, disciplinary action, murderous suspects, and even a car chase on icy Buffalo streets!
Partners Riley and Reese have a fun, teasing-based relationship that is a strength of the novel, and Daley is delightful character as well. The mystery itself isn’t too surprising, but focuses on how the trio will prove the conspiracy, and there are a few twists and turns to keep it interesting.
Although I am not very familiar with Buffalo, we are relatively close, four hours by car, and because of that, the setting felt relatable and exciting. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery was mentioned, and I’ve put that on our places-to-go list. Our winters aren’t as severe as those in Buffalo, but I certainly identified with the cold and snow described in the book. My favorite character might have been Weston, Reese’s dog who becomes a source of comfort to Riley, who, as a “good mother,” even posts pictures of him on her Facebook page.
While I did get caught up in the book, I was slightly frustrated by the awkward transitions between scenes that were often abrupt and at time confusing. Some of the characters’ motivations weren’t sufficiently clear or justified, and that detracted from the novel to me. I also didn’t like some of Riley’s backstory which I viewed as trite: having domestic abuse in the past, being entangled in a strange relationship with a past client/murder suspect (which also reminded me too much of the Frieda Klein series).
The Murder Book did seamlessly introduce a segue into the next volume in the series without leaving the central mystery unresolved. It promises to deliver tension between Riley and Reese and a cunning antagonist.
While there are many threads, the author weaves them into a storyline that finally captured and kept my attention. I say finally because it did not happen until after Riley was back in action. The author from this point maintains a very good level of suspense. There are not all the twists and turns in a normal police procedural, but this novel was more a thriller and a cat and mouse chase.
There just a few F-bombs and some lesser vulgar language. When I was reading I really did not notice this language. There are not any graphic sex scenes. So, I believe, most people should be able to read this novel without any reservations for language and sex. While all of the main characters from the first novel are here, I believe that the author fills in enough background that you can read this novel without having read the first novel.
This novel did capture my attention which is my major criteria for a high star rating, but that attention capture was not immediate as explained above. I would recommend not giving up early in reading this novel. Also, the ending is what I call Who Shot JR from the Dallas TV series. I personally do not like this type of ending as I believe they should be at the start of the next novel to set the hooks into the reader’s attention vice as a teaser at the end of a novel. In this case, it was a little necessary because it would have left a loose end. I did enjoy this reading this novel and do recommend it, but with a four star rating. Personally, I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I have received a free kindle version of this novel through NetGalley from Midnight Ink with a request for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read this novel early.