Police academy-trained reporter Ali Reynolds gets involved in another mystery in Jance’s latest. The opening pace is slowed by a plethora of background information regarding various characters and their links to a previous serial murder case. Some of the connections between characters are contrived. Also, the number of 40-to-50 year-old characters living in the homes of their aging parents seems unrealistic.
When Chip Ralston’s gold-digging ex-wife is murdered, he and his new girlfriend Lynn Martinson become prime suspects. Lynn turns to Ali to help them convince the police that she and Chip are innocent. Ali and Lynn know each other from a previous case Ali solved. The current case is complicated by a teenager who became inadvertently involved and is now trying to cover up his activities prior to discovering the victim. (TOUCHSTONE, Feb., 304 pp., $25.99)