Play with Fire

Mulholland: Little, Brown. (Breen & Tozer, Bk. 4). Aug. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9780316563345. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316563383. M
In the summer of 1969, London police detective Cathal Breen connects two seemingly unrelated murders while working solo because his previous partner, Helen Tozer, is on leave, pregnant with their child. The first murder victim is former Rolling Stones member Brian Jones; the second is a call girl known as “Julie Teenager,” who dressed up as a teen for her clients. As Breen gets closer to solving the case, MI6 warns him to stop investigating. Although Helen isn’t working, she’s drawn into the case, using her keen intuition to help Breen investigate the girl’s client list, which is made up of wealthy, powerful, and protected men.
VERDICT Award-winning author Shaw delivers an excellent fourth installment of the “Breen and Tozer” series (after A Song for the Brokenhearted). Readers of C.J. Box will enjoy the tense, intricate plot. Fans of Tana French’s “Dublin Murder Squad” series will appreciate the atmospheric description of the English countryside.

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