Retired homicide detective Linda Sikorsky and her wife Kirsten McClellan head to Maine from their home in the New Jersey woods for a weekend of rest, relaxation and rewrites as Kirsten finishes drafting her first novel. Bad weather alters their plans, forcing them to stop for the night at the Cliff's Edge, a roadside motel known for secrecy and indiscretion. Something murderous goes bump in the night, sending the women on a search for justice when a young reporter's body is found violated and dumped on a back road. A road Linda must now go down, no matter where it takes her, or what it reveals.
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"an unfortunate history of run-ins with murderers"
Linda (always known as Detective Linda by her friends, Kyle and Danny) and her wanna-be author wife, Kirsten, are forced by a major storm to take overnight shelter in a somewhat seedy small town hotel whilst en route to an holiday of hotel luxury.. Awake in the night, Linda hears muffled noises from the room next door followed by the sound of a car leaving. Intrigued that anyone would be driving away at that time of morning, she notices that the Golden(ish) car which had been parked next to theirs is missing, later to be found abandoned with the body of a young female journalist nearbye. Detective Linda's ex-police mental radar goes into overdrive as she drags her reluctant partner on a trail of discovery and danger rather than the relaxed holiday she had been anticipating.
More of a standard mystery thriller than the Pride series books (how I miss the lovely Danny and Kyle), Mark McNease has written an intriguing crime story peopled with colourful characters. Linda always has been a great personality and it is good to be able to get to know both her and her new wife better through this book and experience the closeness of the couple despite their obvious differences. His characters are always real people, not cyphers on a page. Like absent friends rather than imaginary ones.
The narration by Daniela Acitelli is good, clear and well paced (although I had to increase the audio speed to 1.25 for it to be comfortable to hear as I found her reading, at the regular speed, too long drawn out). She also voices the characters well, giving them even greater credibility. Overall, a good performance.
This was an enjoyable listen and I can recommend it to all mystery lovers and, if you are still unfamiliar with the companion Pride series, suggest you treat yourself to the pleasure of discovering new friends in those titles, also.
- Norma Miles