MYSTERY

The Full Scoop

Prospect Park. (Riley Ellison, Bk. 4). Jun. 2020. 280p. ISBN 9781945551819. $25.95; pap. ISBN 9781945551802. $16. M
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Journalist Riley Ellison never believed her grandfather committed suicide. Now, the only person who ever believed her, another journalist, is dead following a car accident. Despite her grief, Riley is determined to find answers. Then, a former sheriff offers a bargain. He’ll reveal what really happened to Riley’s grandfather, along with proof, if the prosecutor will move him from the prison where he feels endangered. Riley is eager, but the feds won’t deal. They want the man’s testimony against a drug cartel. Riley only has a couple clues left behind by the dead men, but they lead her on a dangerous search. Another violent death and threats against the people Riley loves may trap her. She knows who the killer is, but if she comes forward she might jeopardize the lives of others.
VERDICT While the first Riley Ellison mystery, The Good Byline, earned a comparison to Janet Evanovich, by this book, the tone has turned dark. The author completes the four-book arc about the quest for truth about the death of Riley’s grandfather, but only dedicated readers of the series will care.

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