A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison #2)
Last year I read Crime Scene, the first in this series in which father and son collaborate and liked it very much. (reviewed here)
Long a fan of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman and having enjoyed the first in the Clay Edison series, I genuinely looked forward to A Measure of Darkness.
I'm sorry to say that this one didn't do much for me-- in characterization, plot, or writing. In some places it seemed to try too hard, in others, not hard enough. There were a couple of spots that I had to reread because I thought I'd missed something.
Maybe it was just me because the ratings on Goodreads so far are three 5* and one 4*.
Read in May; blog review scheduled for July 13.
Crime/Mystery. July 31, 2018. Print Length: 352 pages.
I reviewed Winter Song, the first in this series a while back. Spring Shadow is the second stand-alone mystery in the Seasons Pass series featuring Houston Homicide Detective Noah Daugherty.
Noah, who trained as a classical musician, is assigned as bodyguard/band member for a singer who has been threatened. Paige is an up-and-comer in the country music business and the mayor doesn't want any bad publicity associated with scheduled outdoor concert--so a reluctant Noah becomes a babysitter for Paige.
An entertaining mystery that keeps you a little off-balance about Paige's past and the identity and purpose of the stalker.
Noah and his partner Connor are engaging characters, and we get more personal background about each in this book. Watching characters gradually develop from book to book keeps a freshness to a series, and the plot is interesting. While I didn't like it as much as the first book, Spring Shadow kept me involved throughout.
Crime/Mystery. 2016. 326 pages.
There have been a number of baby food scandals over the years (check Clean Label for some studies that list some of the toxins and heavy metals in various infant products). Susan C. Muller's Summer Storm bases her mystery on the murder of a CEO of a company whose products target those vulnerable children requiring special diets.
Noah and Connor investigate the original murder, but find themselves bereft of suspects as each person who may have wanted CEO Madlyn Gwinn dead--ends up dead in turn.
Powerful people attempt to avoid exposure and a hurricane threatens the city as Noah and Connor struggle to unravel this mystery. Connor, whose wife is expecting their first child, has a personal concern, and Noah, having set himself a deadline associated with his past, is fighting his own demons.
Another good addition to Susan C. Muller's series.
(Stories that bring to light sometimes overlooked news reports intrigue me. I was shocked at the content of some respected baby foods and infant formulas reviewed by Clean Label.)
Crime/Suspense. 2017. Print length: 288 pages.