Rating – 4/5
After attending her uncle and aunt’s wedding anniversary party, when Detective Scott arrives at her uncle’s house for their morning run, she feels something amiss. A few moments later, she is horrified to see her beloved aunt’s bloodied mutilated corpse sprawled across the floor of the laundry room. Everyone suspects her uncle, Pine Valley’s sheriff, to be the murderer since his fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. However, Katie knows how deeply her uncle loved her aunt; he couldn’t have done it.
Working in the cold case division, she chances upon an old case in which the body of a young girl was found tied to a tree. Her body had the same distinct lacerations found on her aunt’s body. Katie is certain there is a link between the cases. Unfortunately, every clue she follows results in a dead-end. However, a piece of the thread she found in her uncle’s house while she was clandestinely searching it may be the link between these cases. Ignoring warnings from her team, she decides to do the unthinkable to save her uncle. Will she survive to prove her uncle’s innocence? Read Flowers on Her Grave by Jennifer Chase to find out.
Flowers on Her Grave is the third installment in the Detective Katie Scott series. Having read the first book, I was eager to read the sequels.
Jennifer Chase does not disappoint. She has crafted an addictive mystery-cum-police-procedural novel.
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The detailed descriptions of how Katie and her fellow police officers home in on suspects and how they methodically approach a case is worth knowing. However, Chase did not bore me down with an information dump. She explains the entire procedure lucidly. Further, she knows how to build suspense. There are plenty of twists and turns, along with loads of action, that compelled me to keep turning the pages. Not for a single moment, the novel felt dry to me.
Despite being reckless sometimes, I rooted for Katie throughout the novel due to her tenacity. The supporting characters are effectively portrayed. Moreover, I loved Cisco, the K9 dog, in action. Chase leaves clues throughout the book, yet, I was surprised to find out the killer’s identity.
I do have quibbles about this book. For instance, I felt the ending to be rushed. Also, Chase leaves some questions unanswered. If Chase deliberately left them unanswered, then one hell of a sequel is waiting for the readers.
Check out how good, Little Girls Sleeping, the first book in this series is.
I enjoyed reading this mystery and will recommend it to fans of mystery, thrillers, detective tales, and police procedurals.
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