First published in hardack, this second book of The Seasons Mystery Series received a STARRED review from Publisher's Weekly.
Homicide Detective Sarah Kinsgly and her partner, Angel Johnson are pitted against another uncanny killer while still struggling to feel like real partners. Neither wanted the pairing in the first place, and it isn't getting any better.
A young girl is killed in a cheap motel, and when her identity is discovered, an influential Dallas businessman brings the heat down on the department. It isn't easy to work under the thumb of the mayor and the police commissioner, and it doesn't help that Lieutenant McGregor has his own issues with the brass.
The investigation takes the detectives inside an exclusive gentleman's club, a prestigious private school, and leads to a killer that surprises them all.
STARRED Publishers Weekly Review 9/21/12
" . . . gripping second mystery featuring Dallas, Tex., police detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson. . . . The relationship between the women is just as absorbing as the search for the killer. Few readers will anticipate the closing twist."
"Dallas detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson (Open Season, 2011, etc.) return to confront a case almost as gnarly as their relationship. ...So deftly plotted and paced that, although it's certainly possible to grow impatient with the protagonists' unwarranted impatience toward each other, they're appealing enough to keep the pages turning." KIRKUS
About the Author
Maryann Miller won her first writing award at age twelve with a short story in the Detroit News Scholastic Writing Awards Contest and continues to garner recognition for her short stories, books, and screenplays. In addition to "Doubletake" she has published several other novels, including the Seasons Mystery Series, which features two women homicide detectives in Dallas. You can find all her titles on her website. She lives in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas, where she also loves to play on stage.
Margaret Sutton has headed up several unique businesses in the Dallas area. These included the production of home decorating items and a custom-design carpet sculpting business. Sutton has placed short stories in several mystery magazines such as Ellery Queen Magazine. A resident of Texas, Sutton shares her home with a pet monkey and considers herself “Willie’s Mom".
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Detective Sarah Kingsly's new partnership with Angel Johnson certainly isn't a match made in heaven, but the two homicide cops have no choice but to work together when the corpse of a young girl from an upper-class family is found in a sleazy motel. Sarah and Angel have just begun investigating when the killer strikes again, and the two women struggle with their own differences, trying to find a balance of trust for each other and nail the killer before someone else dies. I read Maryann Miller's "Stalking Season" knowing it was the second book in a series, and wondering if I should read book one first. I needn't have worried, Stalking Season caught my interest from the first page. I loved the complex realism of the personal and family issues facing Angel, and Sarah's determination to come to terms with a past she can't change and a partner she doesn't understand. High stakes, a difficult partnership, and a fight for justice - Stalking Season is an intriguing mystery with a satisfying conclusion, and a crime-fighting pair who achieve a realistic blend of conflict and mutual respect that should keep the series going. I'm looking forward to reading more.
A surprising and not well explained killer is chased by two warring Dallas detectives. The killer, a religious fanatic, has a thing for young stripper-prostitutes. There are two themes in this story. Will the detectives solve the case and will they do it before they explode at each other? I admit a certain level of interest in the two women and their personal conflicts, but too much of the novel is taken up with their families and their efforts to avoid letting personalities interfere with their investigation of the murder of a young stripper. There appear to be no well-balanced police officers in this fictional department and while abuse of alcohol is a recognized problem in law enforcement, as elsewhere in our society, it seems to be more of a focus in the novel, at times, than is the crime rate. The book is well written, the characters are interestingly-drawn, but I think readers may be put off a bit by the frequent personality conflicts.