Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long

Ten Days Gone (A.L. McKittridge #1)
Welcome!  Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien along with Murder Makes Scents by Christen Brecher releases on February 25.  The Crow's Call by Wanda E. Brunstetter publishes on March 1.  It is the first novel in Amish Greenhouse Mystery series.  The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag comes out 31.  I cannot wait to read this book.  Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay is the 12th A Cupcake Bakery Mystery and it releases on  April 28.  Will you be adding any of these books to your TBR pile?
Chicago cops are searching for a possible serial killer
Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long has Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan searching for a serial killer in Baywood, Wisconsin.  There have been four women killed in forty days.  Each kill was ten days apart.  They now have ten days to identify the killer before another woman is murdered.  Unfortunately, there is very little evidence at the crime scenes, and they cannot find a connection between the victims.  The pair finally get a break in the case and know the identity of the next target.  Tess Lyons was severely injured, and she is suffering from depression.  They need Tess to work with them if they are to stop this killer.   A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan come up with a plan to keep Tess safe and end the killer’s spree.
Flanagan led police on a chase before he crashed the Chevy Sonic he rented from an airport (above)
Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long is the first An A.L. McKittridge Novel.  Ten Days Gone is a police procedural mystery set in Baywood, Wisconsin.  We follow Detective A.L. McKittridge (we do not get to find out what A.L. stands for) and Detective Rena Morgan as they search for a deadly killer.  Four women have been murdered in forty days.  They were murdered ten days apart with them just discovering the latest victim.  Our duo has ten days to find the killer before he strikes again.  The killer is smart enough to leave to no forensics.  They cannot find a connection between the four women.  The detectives work on questioning the latest victims’ husband, co-workers and friends to see if they can find any connection to the other three victims.  The point-of-view switches between McKittridge and Morgan.  McKittridge is divorced with a sixteen year old daughter who is acting out (dating a man who is over twenty-one) and skipping school to drink alcohol.  Rena Morgan is wed, and they have been trying to conceive for years unsuccessfully.  It is taking its toll on their marriage.  Rena is worried that her husband is cheating on her. The detectives’ personal lives are woven in with the investigation.  I thought the detective’s lives are realistic.  They work hard which affects their personal lives which are complicated (just like real people).  The mystery was representative of a real police case.  Television makes police work look exciting, but, in real life, it is tedious.  They must ask questions, follow up leads, fill out paperwork and deal with bureaucracy (like a new pompous chief).  Identifying the guilty party was effortless.  There is suspense and tension especially as they were getting close to their prey.  There were some areas of the book that lagged, and I was put off by the amount of foul language (I do not understand why people feel they need to use such offensive words).   Ten Days Gone will appeal to readers who enjoy suspenseful police procedural mysteries.  Ten Days Gone has a mysterious murderer, a conceited chief, disconsolate target, and two determined detectives.
Black woman in handcuffs
To get a sample of Ten Days Gone or find out more about the book, click here*.  The next An A.L. McKittridge Novel is No One Saw which releases on June 30, 2020.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb.  It is the fifth A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller.  I hope you have a satisfying day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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