Gated Prey is the third entry in Lee Goldberg's Detective Eve Ronin series. In order to have a better understanding of the background, it is better to begin with the first and second books that explain how rookie Eve Ronin ends up in the homicide squad and the resentment the Sheriff's department expresses toward for her high profile appointment and for her role in exposing the corruption in the department.
Two plot threads are included in this third book. One has to do with a Eve and partner Duncan Pavone pretending to be a wealthy couple in order to catch the home invaders who have been hitting very wealthy homes in an exclusive and gated community. The second has to with Eve's questions about a still birth that has serious implications.
From the first book, Duncan Pavone's imminent retirement has been discussed. If Duncan retires, I'm not sure the series will succeed. His mentorship and support help keep Eve balanced. He is the perfect experienced foil to Eve's impulsiveness.
Read in May.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Police Procedural. Oct. 26, 2021. Print length: 268 pages
A man, his wife, and his daughter are murdered in an isolated farmhouse. The murders are similar to murders that occurred in the same farmhouse twenty years earlier. Too similar to ignore.
This is the second book in this series, and I didn't read the first one.
There are some twists, but an important plot thread seemed obvious from early on. I didn't find the main character Detective James Walker particularly appealing and the references to a couple of previous cases felt more digressive than important.
Alex Pine has written a series of books on true crime, but I believe this is only his second novel.
read in August
Mystery/Thriller. Oct. 28, 2021. Print length: 400 pages