DEAD OF THE DAY
There's a lot to like about Olson's new Annie Seymour mystery. Cliffhangers and plot twists make this an absorbing novel, and she tells a great story that moves quickly and has lots of action. Secondary characters who appear infrequently are
a little difficult to keep track of, but Olson provides reminders along the way. Events concerning Annie's love life add an appealing romantic element. Olson's skillful telling of an action-packed story makes this book difficult to put down.
Newspaper reporter Annie is working on a profile about the new police chief when the scanner sounds. When Annie hears that a body has been discovered at the wharf, she's out the door in a nanosecond. Shortly after, she receives another alert. The police chief has been injured in a drive-by shooting. Later, more gunshots are heard at the same scene.
It's a heavy news day, but this is only the beginning. These events are spokes in a complex web of crimes, and Annie's investigation makes her a prime target. (Obsidian, Nov., 320 pp., $6.99)