I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it
My Pick this week is:
Published May 2013 By Minotaur Books
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters…and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home.
When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors–Philip and his second favorite daughter, Lydia–both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets. Maeve soon finds herself entangled in a case with a thousand leads that all seem to point nowhere, and it doesn’t help that her boss, whom she trusts more than almost anyone, is starting to make decisions that Maeve finds questionable at best.
So if you’ve read my blog regularly over the past 6 months you know I often enjoy jumping into a series midway or even later. I’ve done it again with The Last Girl as this is book 3 of the Maeve Kerrigan series. So as not to lose anyone, this can definitely be read as a standalone. I started with this one after seeing SO many rave reviews of her books around the blogosphere and when I realized there was a male/female police detective storyline in her books with banter, wit AND excellent mysteries, I knew I had to get on board. I’ve been on the hunt for this type of police partnership since reading the Lacey Flint/Mark Joesbury series by Sharon Bolton…my all time favorite series featuring a female/male partnership with simmering chemistry and fantastic mysteries to solve. I decided to take the advice of my blogging friend FictionFan and start with book 3 since that is when Josh (Maeve’s partner) takes more of a front seat.
So what happens? I’m going to keep this short and sweet because the blurb tells you all you need to know to set up the story. What I will add is there’s so much more than meets the eye with this case…why were Philip and Lydia left alive? Could it be one of Philip’s disgruntled clients returning to seek revenge? Since they were twins, was Lydia actually the one who was supposed to have been killed? In fact, was Lydia really even swimming in the pool at the time of the murders?…see, so many questions and ways this could go…I love it!! Then, on the flip side, we have Maeve’s personal life with Rob, a former co-worker who had to switch departments when he and Maeve started seeing each other, and who I really really liked but is she truly IN LOVE with him? And Josh…he’s so wrong in so many ways but oh did I love him and Maeve together. Their banter was witty, engaging, and so realistic I felt like I was a third wheel listening in on their conversations. In terms of the ending, I’m happy to say I didn’t have a single bit figured out! My only criticism and why this is getting a 4.5 instead of a 5 star rating is I felt the resolution came just a little too conveniently in terms of how the answers were kind of ‘handed’ to the detectives…sorry if that sounds vague, you’ll understand when you read it:) I highly recommend this to all you mystery fans…as for me, I’m going back and reading book 2 soon and then continuing on with the rest of the series ASAP