MYSTERY

Friday on My Mind: A Frieda Klein Mystery

Penguin. Oct. 2016. 318p. ISBN 9780143127222. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698184756. M
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OrangeReviewStarMarried author team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French begin the fifth "Frieda Klein" book (after Thursday's Children) with DCI Sarah Hussien connecting a waterlogged body found on the shore of the Thames River to psychotherapist Dr. Klein. As the police begin to question Frieda's motives and state of mind, she is forced to go on the run and into hiding while she investigates the victim's past. Several twists and misplaced suspicions almost derail Frieda's parallel investigation. The police are nipping at her heels as the tension builds, and readers will be enthralled until the final page.
VERDICT This intricate psychological drama presents various viewpoints as to the identity of the murderer. Series fans will savor this latest addition, but newbies who admire Patricia Cornwell's medical examiner Kay Scarpetta will find Frieda's self-reliance, logic, and intelligence comparable. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/16.]

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