MYSTERY

Dream Town

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon (Eve Ronin, Bk. 5). Jan. 2024. 300p. ISBN 9781662512346. $28.99. M
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At 26, Eve Ronin became the youngest homicide detective in the history of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff and her boss always send her and her partner, Duncan “Donuts” Pavone, to high-profile murder investigations. In their latest case, the bodies found in Ahmanson Preserve don’t qualify as high profile. Eve and Duncan have been called to a family compound in the exclusive Hidden Hills neighborhood. Kitty Winslow, star of a hit reality show, was shot and killed during a home invasion soon after showing off her flashy engagement ring on social media. Her family grieves her loss and the possible premature end to her TV show. Deputy Amos Tatum, assigned as security in the neighborhood, insists that the killers must have been Chilean crime tourists—robbers who fly in, spend several weeks robbing the wealthy, then fly home again. But Eve suspects that Kitty’s killers are a little closer to home. Eve’s boyfriend, forensic anthropologist Dr. Daniel Brooks, offers insights that help with the case
VERDICT Fans of fast-paced police procedurals will enjoy Goldberg’s trademark humor and his insight into the entertainment world in his latest Eve Ronin novel (following Movieland).
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