MYSTERY

A Full Cold Moon

Severn House. (Cold Case Investigation, Bk. 4). May 2020. 240p. ISBN 9780727889874. $28.99. M.
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Buffalo police detective Lauren Riley is temporarily working homicide while her partner on the cold case squad is laid up with a work-related injury. Her shift should have been over when she catches a new case. Gunnar Jonsson, a visitor from Iceland, was brutally killed just steps from his hotel. Lauren fights for this case, one that reminds her of an earlier unsolved one that took place under a full cold moon. Was Gunnar killed because a DNA test led him to the States and a father he never knew? Before she has time to delve into the specifics, the top brass send her and an FBI agent to Iceland to investigate an influential businessman who was in the United States at the time. The trip throws them into a culture and case in which they’re dependent on their Icelandic police connection. The investigation turns violent when a hit-and-run driver targets the trio. There are surprises at every step of this careful police procedural.
VERDICT Redmond brings her 20 years experience as a cold-case homicide detective to this follow-up to A Means to an End. Fans of police procedurals will want to read all in the series after this compelling, twisted story. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.]

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