MYSTERY

The Silenced Women

Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. (Violent Crime Investigations Team Mystery, Bk. 1). Feb. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781464214189. pap. $16.99. M
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DEBUT When a woman’s body is found in Santa Rosa’s largest park, it brings back all of Lieutenant Eddie Mahler’s memories of an earlier case. His Violent Crime Investigations (VCI) team was convinced they had the murderer of two young women whose bodies were found in the same park, but there wasn’t enough evidence. Mahler was blamed for that earlier failure to arrest the killer. He suffers from crippling migraine headaches, even talks to one of the dead victims, but he’s able to direct his team, including the newest member. Eden Somers has a gift for analyzing evidence, but she burned out working as an FBI analyst. She immerses herself in this case, and worries that, like Mahler, she might be endangering herself. The team’s intense investigation leads them to conclude they may be looking at a different killer for the latest victim. But the new killer has the skills to target the team itself.
VERDICT This start of a cinematic new series is an intense police procedural. Readers will be immersed in the investigation by a talented team, while also privy to the actions of a brilliant killer.

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