Trouble in Queenstown

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781250904218. $28. M
It’s hard enough to be a Black woman cop, but then Vandy Myrick’s world was shattered, spurring her to move back to her hometown of Queenstown, NJ, to become a private investigator. In one of her many divorce cases, Leo Hannah, the mayor’s nephew, asks Vandy to spend a week following his wife, Ivy. He gives her several reasons: she might have a lover; he’s thinking about a divorce; she has a stalker; no, maybe Leo is the one with the stalker. The morning Vandy is to turn in her report to Leo, she walks in on a tragedy at his house. There’s a dead man on the floor, Ivy is dying, and Leo says he killed the stalker, a Latino taxi driver. The police quickly close the case because the mayor wants it resolved. But Vandy has two paying clients who want to know the truth behind the deaths. Her loved ones and her life are threatened, but she’s determined to find the answers in a murder case that reeks of racism and political corruption.
VERDICT The author of the “Ross Agency Mysteries” introduces another damaged character in an intriguing private eye story that examines family and roots.
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