MYSTERY

As the Wicked Watch

Morrow. (Jordan Manning, Bk. 1). Oct. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780063037038. $27.99. M
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DEBUTJournalist Hall bursts onto the mystery landscape with the first in an exciting new series featuring Chicago crime reporter Jordan Manning, who prides herself on always being the first on the scene. Jordan has what other reporters don’t—a master’s degree in forensic science, which allows her to see what others miss when investigating crime scenes. When a 15-year-old Black girl is found dead in an abandoned lot, Jordan is unable to shake the feeling that there someone lurking on Chicago’s streets is particularly targeting and killing young Black girls, even after three young boys are charged with the girl’s murder. Jordan is an exciting lead for this series. She is tireless in her search for answers, isn’t afraid to be the smartest in the room, and is determined to shine light on the missing and murdered Black girls that no one else seems to care about. Her perseverance leads to a heart-pounding and unexpected climax.
VERDICT Hall’s decades of field experience lend a lot of credibility to the story and provide a strong footing for an intriguing new crime series.
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