Hollis Joplin, a death investigator with the Milton County Medical Examiner's Office, is back on the job after being attacked and almost killed three months earlier. But he almost wishes he'd stayed home when he's called to a scene that's unlike any he's ever encountered before. Libba Ann Woodridge, the young, beautiful widow of a much older Atlanta businessman, has been found in her bed, covered in blood. Blood that has spattered everything around her, including the walls and ceiling. And to make matters worse, she's a client of Tom Halloran's, the high-powered attorney who made Joplin's life miserable during the murder investigation that almost killed him.
It's enough to make him want to go home and call in sick, especially since he's dreading having to see Dr. Carrie Salinger again. Their budding romance was derailed by Carrie's affair with Joplin's best friend, Jack, who's now dead. And then, of course, there's that damned colostomy bag he has to wear.
Reluctantly, Joplin is once again pulled into a collaboration with Halloran that will involve more deaths, a lot more blood, and a ruthless serial killer who may have ties to Atlanta's art scene. They are guided by the expert hand of Jimmy Hernandez, a nationally acclaimed bloodstain expert who's called upon to try to figure out what really happened to Libba Ann, a former beauty queen, and another young woman whose body is found behind a gas station. The scenes are eerily alike, although the victims' circumstances couldn't have been more different.
While Halloran deals with members of Arliss Woodridge's family who are trying to overturn his will, Joplin tries to discover the connection between the two women and is led to a mysterious painting found in the bedroom of a prominent doctor murdered five years earlier. As usual, they keep secrets from each other. Secrets that will ultimately put both of them—and Carrie Salinger—in grave danger once again.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hollis Joplin, death investigator for the Atlanta Medical Examiner, gets the shock of his life when he is called to a gruesome homicide scene only to find that the victim is not dead. The scene is staged in such a way that there was no doubt that the victim was dead…until she moaned. Later Hollis will be called to an almost exact homicide scene and this time the victim is not so lucky. What an unusual and intriguing start to an unusual and intriguing mystery. Hollis is recovering from a severe injury that occurred in the first book “Enough Rope”. I have not read the first book, but after reading “Blood Will Tell,” I will be reading that next. You will not feel lost if you start with this book, but if you like to have the full backstory of the continuing characters then you might want to start with “Enough Rope”. I really enjoy knowing about the full characters, especially when they are as interesting as the ones in this book. Kudos to Ms. Doss for a thoroughly absorbing mystery, full of fascinating family dynamics. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)