Romance, and political intrigue
where secrets can be deadly.
Three grisly murders linked to five old cold cases, dubbed the Flower Girl Murders, pushes detectives to their limit to find a clever and extremely brutal serial killer, leaving a California town demanding justice. The District Attorney’s Serial Special Task Force retains the help of the reclusive Dr. Chip Palmer, a forensic expert and criminal profiler, to steer them in the right direction. Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He is partnered with the tough and beautiful D.A. Inspector Kate Rawlins, a homicide detective transplanted from Phoenix, and the chemistry ignites between the team—both good and deadly.
The Flower Girl Murders leaves three homicides, five cold cases, two seasoned detectives, three suspects, and one serial killer calling all the shots. The investigation must rely on one eccentric forensic scientist to unravel the clues to solve the case. But at what cost?
Dark, ominously brooding and emotively powerful, Body Of The Crime proves a strong start to the new Chip Palmer series from Jennifer Chase. It wouldn’t be disingenuous to say that for the large part it plays out according to the established form of a forensic thriller, but followers of Chases novels will know she has the knack of elevating her stories by creating an urgent and all-pervading sense of suspense. Too many authors in the genre simply build episodic plots where one sensational event follows another with little apparent connection or real emotional depth. Chase always manages to find the emotional angle and it is this that colours the world in which her characters move, creating a deep sense of rapport between them. As with her Emily stone series the dialogue is spot on and captures the words of serious people trying to reveal or conceal themselves. On this level the suspense works not for itself but to provide an arena for character development and you know from the start that you are in for a gripping read.
A powerful start to an edgy forensic series, with a lead character who’s likely to attract a lot of interest. Body Of The Crime is sure to win favour with Chases many fans and is highly recommended.
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