The frantic pace of Joanna Brady's
hectic life builds up a wonderful tension and allows readers to really feel what Joanna is going through. As always, Jance's writing excels with its beautiful descriptions and realistic portrayal of every character. This is a strong addition to this series, one that demonstrates why Joanna is one of the most fascinating female characters in fiction today.
Was it murder, suicide or something else altogether? Next, a frightening case dealing with the brutal murder of a girl falls on Joanna's desk, and it's up to her and her staff to unravel the mysteries. All the while, she's trying to figure out why her mother is going crazy and how to get more sleep. (morrow, Aug., 384 pp., $25.95)