Smoke and Mirrors

Crooked Lane. (Greer Hogan Mystery, Bk. 4). Jun. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781639106196. $31.99. M
Greer Hogan’s work at the Raven Hill Public Library in the Hudson River Valley is on hold after a fire at the library, so she has a temporary job cataloguing the contents of the Archive of Illusionists and Conjurers. The work brings Greer back to Manhattan, where her husband, Danny, was murdered four years earlier. She’s always believed the man imprisoned for the crime, who says Danny was unconscious but alive when he left him. She now has the chance to ask questions at New Leaf, where Danny worked when he was killed. After she questions the management team, she’s followed. Then someone breaks into the archives and into Greer’s parents’ house, where they leave a man dead. Greer is even more convinced that New Leaf holds the key to Danny’s murder. With the help of a magician named Grim and a small group of friends, Greer sets several traps to catch a killer.
VERDICT After four books, the story arc Hilliard began in The Unkindness of Ravens is resolved, with hints of a new mystery to come. Fans of TV’s Only Murders in the Building might appreciate this series, though they should start with the first installment.
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