Shatter the Night (Detective Gemma Monroe Series #4)

Shatter the Night (Detective Gemma Monroe Series #4)

by Emily Littlejohn


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An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from Emily Littlejohn, author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

It’s Halloween night in Cedar Valley. During the town’s annual festival, Detective Gemma Monroe takes a break from trick or treating with her family to visit an old family friend, retired Judge Caleb Montgomery, at his law office. To Gemma’s surprise, Caleb seems worried—haunted, even—and confides in her that he’s been receiving anonymous threats. Shortly after, as Gemma strolls back to her car, an explosion at Caleb’s office shatters the night.

Reeling from the shock, Gemma and her team begin eliminating suspects and motives, but more keep appearing in their place, and soon another man is killed. Her investigation takes her from a chilling encounter with a convicted murderer at the Belle Vista Penitentiary, to the gilded rooms of the renovated Shotgun Playhouse, where Shakespeare’s cursed play Macbeth is set to open in a few weeks.

Yet most disturbing of all is when Gemma realizes that similar murders have happened before. There is a copycat killer at play, and if Gemma can’t stop him, he’ll carry out his final, deadly act.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250178329
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Series: Detective Gemma Monroe Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 135,824
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

EMILY LITTLEJOHN was born and raised in Southern California. A former librarian, she now spends her time writing, raising a family, and working in city government in the Denver metro area. Inherit the Bones was her acclaimed debut novel in the Gemma Monroe series, which also includes Lost Lake and Shatter the Night.

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Shatter the Night (Detective Gemma Monroe Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
diane92345 3 months ago
“It was Halloween, and the quaint mountain town of Cedar Valley, Colorado, held more than tricks and treats. There was a dark energy, a dark spirit, summoned from the past that moved through the roaming packs of shrieking children. People would be killed. Lives would be changed. And Cedar Valley would never be the same again.”—from Shatter the Night Gemma’s Halloween starts out with a visit with a retired judge, Caleb. Caleb received nine anonymous and threatening letters in the past few weeks. He thinks it is nothing—just part of being a judge. Gemma agrees to investigate. On her way home with her fiancé and their one-year-old daughter, there is an explosion. Someone has made good on the threat and killed the judge in a bombing. Shatter the Night is a fast-paced thriller with a slew of suspects. However, I think the characters are what keeps bringing me back to this series. Gemma has changed a great deal since the first book, Inherit the Bones. I believe that I liked this book, the fourth in the series, is more enjoyable when read after the other three, which I have done. Still, even as a standalone, this book rates 4 stars! Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Persephonereads 3 months ago
3.75 out of 5 stars I want to thank Netgalley and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. When I asked to review this book I didn't realize it was the fourth novel in a series but it is very easy to follow along. As Gemma narrates her story she drops enough info about her town, the people that live there and all the relationships in her life that she makes it very easy to follow along.. This definitely feels like a cozy mystery as it is set in a small town full of interesting characters. I view reading in the way I view food and this book was a great form of comfort food.
JuliW 3 months ago
Detective Gemma Monroe is shocked when a friend is killed in an explosion moments after she last spoke with him. He was receiving anonymous threats, so Gemma immediately jumps on the case to catch a killer. The case turns out to be incredibly complex, with other similar killings tying in with it. Is this a case of revenge? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Shatter the Night is the 4th book in the Gemma Monroe series. This is by far the best in the series so far, in my opinion. The plot was suspenseful and engaging. There were plenty of suspects, and the case evolved at just the right speed to keep me reading. I couldn't put this book down....I was reading until 3 am to find out the killer's identity. I had a guess for how this story would end -- and I was completely wrong! I love it when a suspense novel surprises me! This book can be read as a stand alone story, but to completely understand the characters, their relationships, really is best to read this series from the beginning. Great book! I can't wait for the next story in this series! I like Gemma Monroe as a main character....she struggles with being a working mom but loves her job. I like all the side characters and the plots are always engaging. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
SheTreadsSoftly 4 months ago
Shatter the Night by Emily Littlejohn is a highly recommended mystery/police procedural and the fourth book in the series featuring Gemma Monroe. On Halloween night in Cedar Valley, CO, Detective Gemma Monroe, fiancé, Brody Sutherland, and their daughter, Grace, stop by the law office of an old family friend, retired Judge Caleb Montgomery. After admiring costumes, Caleb talks to Gemma privately and gives her a stack of threatening letters he's been receiving. Shortly after Gemma and her family leave, the judge's car explodes - with him inside. Gemma and her team immediately begin investigating suspects and motives, including the judge's past rulings from when he was on the bench. As the investigation continues, another man is murdered and the case becomes more complicated with perhaps decades old roots. The plot flows smoothly as you follow the various threads of the investigation and the inquiries made as the team strives to find the killer in this adeptly written mystery. Part of the pleasure is in following working mom Gemma juggle the complex investigation and the needs of her family. All the characters, including the minor ones, are developed and come across as real people. Every little tidbit of information uncovered could be an important lead or a false trail as the tension slowly built through the novel. The culmination of the investigation was satisfying after plenty of suspects were considered and rejected. Shatter the Night can certainly be read as a stand-alone novel. This is my first Gemma Monroe novel and I could very easily follow the plot and the backstory. I also liked the character of Gemma quite-a-bit and look forward to entering her world again someday. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Macmillian.
TarrahMarie 4 months ago
This is the fourth book in the Gemma Monroe series and can be read as a standalone. Elizabeth Littlejohn provides a descript police-procedural with a relatively strong plot line. There is a shroud of mystery woven into the storyline but avid readers of this genre will quickly recognize the twist. While the characters seem to have relatively strong backgrounds, it is not well established in this narrative. The main character, Gemma Monroe handles too much of the exposition of the story line, drawing attention away from the central development of her character. Overall, it was a mediocre read. 3 stars
onemused 4 months ago
SHATTER THE NIGHT follows Detective Gemma Monroe as she investigates two major murders. The first was a car explosion that killed a family friend of Gemma's and makes her that much more intense about following down the clues. At the same time, we follow her personal life with her fiance, Brody, and baby as she heads toward a wedding and deals with her daughter's unexpected fevers. I don't want to give too much away, because the journey on this is key. The case takes many twists and turns that I enjoyed following. This is not one where you can really figure anything out. The end was pretty unexpected, and the clues only come together at the end. The writing is poetic in places, striking a pensive and deeper cord. One of the things I really loved was the portrayal of a working mother and the difficulties faced as such, as well as the work/life balance challenges. Gemma is a great detective and a fantastic character to watch going through this journey. Media that helps to normalize/portray such scenarios is critical. Overall, this was an intriguing procedural. I could easily see this series lasting for many books. Gemma is a great lead, and the supporting cast is just as interesting. Recommend for people who enjoy mysteries/procedurals. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
paytonpuppy 4 months ago
An exciting and absorbing fourth mystery in the Detective Gemma Monroe series. While Gemma is enjoying motherhood, she is also involved in planning a wedding to her fiancé, Brody Sutherland. Retired Judge Caleb Montgomery, long-time family friend, alerts Gemma to threats he has been receiving. When those threats are realized, Gemma and her team begin to investigate who would want to kill the judge. As another murder occurs, the investigation spins off in various directions. The team researches various cases in which the judge was involved and suspects are eliminated. As Gemma successfully deals with personal issues, she plunges ahead to the amazing and explosive conclusion. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Patricia Romero 4 months ago
Detective Gemma Monroe is back in the fourth installment of this series. This time it’s Halloween in Cedar Valley and not everyone is giving out treats! When Gemma stops in to say hello to a retired judge, Caleb Montgomery, in his offices, she finds him upset and tells her about threatening letters he has been receiving. Gemma is still thinking about his odd behavior when his car explodes with him in it. Who in the world would have wanted Caleb dead? Suspects abound and just as quickly as Gemma and her team clear one, another pops on the scene. As her investigation takes her into the judge’s old cases, there is one that sticks out. Making the trek to Belle Vista Penitentiary, Gemma doesn’t know what to think about the supposed stone-cold killer and the way he takes the news of Caleb’s death. Soon enough another body is added to the pile and a major clue. This isn’t the first murder like this. Gemma and her team have themselves what looks like a copycat killer. And if history repeats itself, there will soon be a lot more bodies! With the new playhouse in town, the opening night would be the perfect time for the last send-off. Will Gemma and her team uncover the killer as it uncovers a lot of secrets and corruption right here in the police department? You’ll have to read it! And then wait for the next one. NetGalley/ December 10th, 2019 by Minotaur Books
Annette5151 4 months ago
A really good mystery . It kept me guessing til the very end. I really enjoyed the story! Even tho I haven’t read the previous ones, I had no problems following the story. Looking forward to the next one in the series Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy
MusicInPrint 4 months ago
Emily Littlejohn is an excellent author! She must have one complex story board. Again Detective Gemma Monroe is trying to juggle being a mother, getting married, and finding a killer. This was such a great crime drama that it is hard to pick out the best parts. "The past repeats itself" Her team help in tracking down this monster that is terrorizing her small town. New characters are introduced that I hope will be seen again on Littlejohn's pages. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
MKF 4 months ago
When the car of Gemma's friend retired judge Caleb Montgomery explodes with him inside, she has no idea what the town of Cedar Valley is in for in the coming days. Gemma's got a lot on her plate- not only is she a detective, she's also a mom, a bride to be, and the daughter of a woman with dementia. She juggles it all as she along with her partner Finn and their new friend fire inspector Liv Ramirez. Caleb had been receiving threatening letters, the new community theater has been repeatedly vandalized, and then a security guard is killed in a bank robbery. Pulling the disparate threads leads to an old old case and secrets and grudges that have been handed down through generations. I didn't guess the identity of the villain- Littlejohn threw out enough red herrings to keep me on my toes. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. It's well told. the characters are good and its perfectly fine as a standalone.
MoonTalk 4 months ago
Vengeful Murder And More Visit Cedar Creek Halloween is setting the atmosphere in Cedar Creek, a small town in Colorado. The heroine, Detective Gemma Monroe is out trick-or-treating with her daughter and fiancé. They stop by the law offices of retired Judge Caleb Montgomery. He was a close and longtime friend to Gemma’s grandfather and lifetime friend to her. While they talk, Caleb informs Gemma that he has been receiving disturbing letters. Gemma felt that Caleb was holding back something. Gemma and her family left and were walking down the street. Suddenly, there was an explosion behind them. Upon looking, she saw Caleb’s car engulfed in flames. Soon all the main characters arrive on the scene, her partner, the police chief, the fire chief and a new Fire Investigator. From this start the main storyline proceeds with the all of the twists, turns and misdirections that quickly captured my interest all the way to the end of novel and definitely kept me reading. I quickly became involved in the storyline. I would say to myself, how about that person as the murderer. Next, or a little later, the storyline focused on that person. I got my hopes up as more aspects matched the murderer, but then it would fall apart. I just enjoyed reading this novel. The B-storyline is quite rich, so much so that I actually thought that it was the first novel of a series. Obviously, most of the B-storyline centers on Gemma and her family and Gemma with her grandfather and other characters in the novel. The new fire inspector has an interesting background. It would be nice if this character stays around. Even the police intern who was only identified by his first name, Jimmy, was backed with an interesting B-storyline. These threads really contributed to my enjoyment in reading this novel. There is very little I believe that readers will find objectionable in this novel. Swearing and vulgar language were minimal. There were not any sex scenes. Obviously, the explosion and immediate aftermath were described as it happened. The content was adult but not over emphasized. Most of the other violence was described after the fact and so does not have the same edge. This is the fourth book in the series. It is the first that I have read of the series. I did not experience any issues with references or information from the first three novels obviously missing. If you have not read any novels in this series, you can start with this one. The read was easy and kept me engaged. The author kept the tension building throughout the novel. The characters were interesting, and even though this was not the first novel in the series, the characters were fully developed within this novel. I enjoyed reading this novel. I rate this novel with five stars. I have received a free e-book version of this novel through NetGalley from St. Martin’s Press with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.