Stick Together

Quercus. (Awkward Squad, Bk. 2). Apr. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781635060157. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781635060171. M
After solving a cold case that exposed a fellow officer (The Awkward Squad), Commissaire Anne Capestan and her "awkward squad" of rogues and misfits have become even bigger pariahs among their colleagues on the Paris police force. It comes as a surprise when she's called to the scene of a high-profile murder, until she discovers the victim is Commissaire Serge Rufus, the estranged father of her ex-husband. Her team is asked to assist the investigation, though the lead officers make it clear they neither want nor value the help. When a Provençal businessman is murdered in a similar fashion, it's clear the deaths are related. A third murder ties the cases to a man convicted of an old bank robbery in Lyon who was recently released from prison. As they track down a murderer, the squad confronts their own personal ties to the original case. Will they pursue all leads no matter the outcome or turn a blind eye to protect their own?
VERDICT Quirky and engaging characters elevate a somewhat predictable mystery in this humorous novel that is sure to please fans of Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Department Q" stories.

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