“I was very disappointed with this book. Joanna Brady, the main character, is flat, wooden, and unemotional; nothing about her makes me like her. She has a toddler at home who she barely sees; leaving his care completely to her husband and her teenaged daughter. She treats suspects without respect to the law: Her belief seems to be that if they want a lawyer they are guilty. When they ask if they have to answer questions without the presence of a lawyer, she knowingly lies to them and tells them that they do.
I didn't like the way the "heroine" treated her husband, either. At a crime scene when they are out to a fancy fundraiser, she rattled off a list of jobs for him to do. I had to laugh at the author's choice of words--Butch "trotted off" to do her bidding, sort of like an unloved, but loyal dog.
The author barely understands the concept of the Internet; she badly needs a technology editor/mentor. Her ideas about Facebook sound like she read somewhere once about social media but has no idea how it works. During her investigation of a crime, she mentions that [I'm paraphrasing] that 'if the guys at Wikipedia' wrote about a particular concept/idea, but it must be true.
Her idea of moral behavior is pretty shaky. She tells an acquaintance that she could be in trouble with the law for impersonating her relative by using her Facebook account to get information about the local teen scene; then Joanna asks the same person to pass on any good information she gets!
I did, however, like the bits about Bisbee, its history, and its neighborhoods. That's where the author shines, because all those parts rang true.
I have read all the previous Joanna Brady books in the series. I know that makes me sound like a glutton for punishment, but I really enjoyed some of the earlier books. I don't know what has happened.
Clair Z wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013.