Publication date: March 30, 2021
Pages: 432 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Strengths: Characters, plot, series
Weaknesses: Fluff/brain candy
This book was Quinn & Costa Thriller #2 and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first one. That being said, it would also read just fine as a stand-alone book.
The story starts with Kara Quinn, and LAPD detective undercover with the FBI's mobile investigation unit, headed up by Matt Costa. In the first book, she was off-duty when she stumbled across a serial killer's victim and couldn't resist helping the FBI solve the crime. This time, she's actaully working with them as a bartender in a small town's local watering hole, trying to listen in and observe when the suspects and other locals have their guard down.
A couple months earlier, a university student and environmentalist is murdered while out hiking with her boyfriend and investigating for the cause of some dead birds she's found in the area. The authorities think she may have been onto something. Were the birds dead because of improperly disposed of copper slag? But the local copper plant is the small town's lifeblood, so they don't want anyone to know what they're looking at unless they have proof. Enter the FBI's mobile investigation unit.
The FBI has Kara and a couple others placed in town as undercover agents, and a local man feeding them some information that he hopes will place the guilt in the right place and exonerate his family from the charges. In the midst of their investigation, it's discovered that a human trafficking ring may be walking straight through their case. Is it all connected, or is this just another angle to stress out and distract them, that they'll certainly deal with, but right now, what about the case???
Kara doesn't believe in coincidences, especially when she's undercover and having to trust her gut. The suspense and twists and turns in this story were great. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for those who enjoy thrillers and police procedurals. I can't wait for the next Quinn & Costa thriller!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my advance copy of this book. Receiving my ecopy free of charge did not influence my review.