Drop Dead Perfect by Rick Murcer is a mystery/thriller set in Chicago, Illinois. Ellen Harper is a forensics tech with the Chicago Police Department. She also has an extremely bad temper and hitting issues. Ellen ended up getting hit by female officer, Bella Sanchez (of course, Ellen hit back). Bella asked if she looked fat in her evening gown, and Ellen told her the truth (it is not a good thing when someone looks like a sausage in too tight a casing). Ellen’s husband left her a year ago with a text message! He sent her a text stating he had fallen in love with someone else. When Ellen arrived at home, she found divorce papers. Ellen has let her personal issues affect her attitude at work. Good thing her father, Harvey Patterson, is her boss and very understanding. Ellen does like to paint (her work sounds lovely) and has a cute grey cat named Mulder.
Their latest case involves women being kidnapped, murdered, and, when the women are found, they are dressed up and staged. Detective Brice Rogers and his new partner, Bella Sanchez are assigned the case along with Ellen and her partner, Oscar. They are hoping to follow the forensic clues to find the killer before he kidnaps and murders again. Ellen will have a little difficulty focusing on the case because she has noticed the handsome and kind Brice Rogers. Ellen is finally starting to get over her scoundrel of an ex-husband. Read Drop Dead Perfect to see what happens between Ellen and Brice as well as who is behind the heinous murders.
I give Drop Dead Perfect 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but did not love it. I found Ellen’s friend, Kate Mortimore just delightful. She provided some great comic relief! I think Ellen’s anger was over the top. In reality she probably would have been fired and sued! There is foul language sprinkled throughout the book. Drop Dead Perfect was a good first book in the series.
Drop Dead Perfect will be out on May 26, 2015 and will be available on Kindle Unlimited.
I received a complimentary copy of Drop Dead Perfect from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
There are a lot of great books coming out Tuesday! They all seem to come out at the same time. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader