When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murder in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn't the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy. Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?
Advance Praise for An Intimate Murder:
... the book is elevated above the standard police procedural by Case's sharp, engaging characters, particularly an abundance of strong, interesting women. ... Spending time in Catherine's world is plenty of fun, and hopefully Case has more novels in store.
Midwest Book Review:
... a spicy, fast-paced, first-person detective saga that produces winning characters and a satisfyingly-compelling mystery that will keep readers guessing to the end. - D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR
|Publisher:||Before The Fall Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)|
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Detective Catherine O’Brien and her partner Louise are at it again. Jonathan and Susan Luther are found dead in their home by their son, Chad. Chad is completely devastated and heartbroken. It’s impossible to get any information out of him. The detectives have their work cut out for them, especially when they discover that this isn’t the first tragedy to hit the Luther family. Yet, they can find no one with a grudge against this family. Could it really be a coincidence? To complicate matters even more, after Catherine publicly insults the media, her bosses order her to make things right. She and Louise are instructed to allow reporter Jane Katts to tag along with them as they investigate the Luther murders. The detectives object but their complaints fall on deaf ears and they are stuck with Jane riding along. The last thing they need is a reporter hearing all the gory, as well as juicy, details of a double murder investigation. To say this book is a police procedural would be an understatement. It’s a police procedural with attitude…a bit of a kick to it. The camaraderie between Louise and Catherine adds so much to this story. Their banter is amusing and realistic. Their friendship shines through the entire book. This is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series and my favorite to date. It’s an edge-of-your-seat type of story. I devoured this book. I absolutely could not put it down. There was even a bit of an Agatha Christie type twist thrown in. It gave us an ending I didn’t even expect. This author has a real flair for the mystery genre. More please ¿ FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Having a reporter tag along as you investigate a murder is not any detective’s dream but that’s precisely what happens when Detective Catherine O’Brien mouths off about the media and her punishment is to have Jane Katts along for the ride. It’s even more aggravating when it becomes apparent that Jane has little interest in portraying how the police do their jobs. Catherine is the kind of detective you’d want on the case should you ever find yourself involved in a murder. She’s determined to root out the truth but she’s not one to believe the ends justify the means; she’ll get the job done honestly and with good oldfashioned hard work. Her friendship with Louise Montgomery is what makes their partnership so successful and, like many partnerships, their differences solidify their compatibility and mutual trust. Getting to the truth of the Luthers’ murders is a complex and tangled mystery and could easily turn totally dark and depressing but Catherine’s brand of humor adds a dimension that not only helps protect the sanity of cops doing a tough job but also keeps this particular tale a bit more engaging than the usual police procedural and the twists and turns kept me guessing. I really like these women and will be going back to read the first two books as soon as I can.
Detective Catherine O’Brien is the type of protagonist I enjoy reading about. Author Stacy Verdick Case has created a fun and entertaining character in Catherine. O’Brien is strong, independent, witty and outspoken. But she is also caring, loyal and very realistic. In the latest installment in the Catherine O’Brien series, AN INTIMATE MURDER, Catherine and her partner, Louise Montgomery, are faced with solving a double homicide. Jonathan and Susan Luther have been murdered in their home but as the detectives investigate, they learn the Luther family has experienced murder before. Saddled with a reporter to improve public relations, the detectives have their hands full as they try to find the killer. The author does an excellent job blending the horrors of the tragedy with bits of humor to keep the story flowing smoothly without becoming too dark. The bantering of the two detectives and their interaction with others enhances the story adding realism to the events. The rich dialogue and twists will keep you spellbound as you try to discover who the real killer is. AN INTIMATE MURDER is the third installment in the series, but can be read on its own. Detectives O’Brien and Montgomery are two officers that will have you laughing and shaking your head as they solve this case. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author as part of her virtual book tour. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.