by Sandra Murphy
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Retired police Chief Katherine Sullivan, a widow, moved from Edina, Minnesota, to New Mexico to paint and soak up the sun. She’d first fallen in love with the area when her husband gave her a solo vacation as a birthday present. No schedule to follow, no tours to take, just time for herself. It was bliss. Now she lives there and returns to Minnesota to visit family.
Her husband was a police officer too, killed in the line of duty. His partner, Nathan, and his wife, Terry, were close friends. Terry died of cancer. It seems Katherine and Nathan might have more than a friendship, but with the distance and bad timing, it’s hard to tell. They have been tuned into each other enough to go beyond finishing each other’s sentences but not as far as telepathy or mind reading. Retired too, Nathan now runs a security firm.
When Katherine gets a call from Nathan’s employees, they’re in a panic. They’re good people but lost without him—and without him, they are. He hasn’t shown up for work for two days, isn’t answering his cell phone, and they don’t know where to turn. Katherine hops the next plane back to Minnesota. On her arrival, nothing has changed. The police are notified, but the new Chief isn’t all that fond of Katherine. Besides, they have a woman’s murder to solve. The Chief and his wife were friends of the dead woman. On top of that, an unidentified male body was found alongside the road. It’s assumed he was a hit and run victim, but a murder takes priority over a hit and run or a missing person. That suits Katherine—now she can investigate without interference.
The place to start is by tracing Nathan’s steps on the last day he was seen. There were appointments with clients who were a little testy and rated a visit from the boss himself and one client who was a friend. Katherine also searches his house and his car, found in a secluded area of a park.
Katherine is staying with her lawyer daughter. The grandkids are with their dad but expect to see her. It’s hard to fight the urge to keep investigating but a break is sometimes good. Chloe is an exuberant child, Cam, her brother, very quiet because of Asperger’s.
To say much more would ruin the enjoyment of following Katherine’s investigation. She’s a professional when on the hunt, doesn’t put herself into jeopardy, and is thoughtful in planning what’s next. In her personal life, she has a good relationship with her daughter, Lizzie, and both grandkids. She wasn’t too sure how things would go with her ex-son-in-law, but they manage to work things out for the benefit of all.
Nathan’s employees are a mixed bunch, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Readers will look forward to learning more about them as well.
For readers who enjoy a strong female character who can balance a personal life, family, passion for learning (her painting), and a potential romance, this is a book to enjoy and reread. It’s a pleasure to meet a character who is older than the usual thirty-something, who is a vibrant personality, and ready to meet life head-on.
It’s the second book in the Katherine Sullivan Mystery series, and it can be read out of order but be warned, you’ll want to find the first one to see what you’ve missed.
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