Wells’ fifth Dylan Scott mystery is a modern take on film noir, but despite a promising premise, the characters don’t hold their own. The plot also moves at a snail’s pace, showing snippets of the puzzle without piquing the reader’s interest until its too late. The book requires patience and, perhaps, more background from reading the other books in the series.

Ex-cop PI Dylan is dragged out of London to dreary Dawson’s Clough to solve Prue Murphey’s murder. He quickly determines it was definitely not a commonplace burglary. Everything seems to connect Prue to a painting in her home worth a small fortune. When there is another murder in the town, Dylan realizes that there is a very dark secret buried in the case, but uncovering it could be dangerous. (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Abigail Ortlieb