MYSTERY

The Stories You Tell

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Roxane Weary, Bk. 3). Jul. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781250309358. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250309365. M
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Private investigator Roxane Weary heads to her brother Andrew’s place when he calls her in the middle of the night with a strange story about a girl he used to work with, Addison Stowe, who showed up at his place in a panic, begging to use the phone, and then ran out. Roxane and Andrew trace her to the shabby nightclub Nightshade, where she worked as a DJ, but the club is inexplicably closed. Although Roxane keeps the police in the loop, her brother is arrested, a cop is discovered dead in the river, and a possible witness is cornered and shot by the SWAT team. Addison is the only link to the three men. As Roxane digs for more on the missing young woman, she finds there are other men connected to Addison through a dating app called BusPass.
VERDICT Building to a chilling and surprising conclusion, the third book in Lepionka’s Shamus Award–winning series (The Last Place You Look) is both intricately plotted and character-driven, with a complicated protagonist. Suggest for fans of detective novels with unconventional sleuths. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

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