IF I SHOULD DIE
Suspense maven Brennan gives loyal readers not only a full-length, heart-stopping thriller, but also a bonus prequel novella, “Love Is Murder,” that occurs prior to the events in Love Me to Death. Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan books are not only excellent procedural thrillers, but also chart the evolution of an intriguing relationship. The peeks into the mind of this heinous killer are all too chilling, making the threat level palpable and the story riveting. Brennan is on a major roll!
Aspiring FBI agent Lucy and her P.I. lover Sean hope to combine a romantic getaway in the Adirondack Mountains with helping a friend. Tim and Adam Hendrickson are trying to open their new facility, the Spruce Lake Inn, only to find themselves under attack by a saboteur. When Sean chases the arsonist, he falls into a mine shaft. While rescuing him, Lucy sees the body of a woman lying in repose. However when Lucy leads the authorities back, the body is gone and the local deputy is frustratingly disbelieving. Sean and Lucy realize there is an undercurrent of danger and menace permeating the town. The question is, is the whole town involved? (BALLANTINE, Dec., 440 pp., $7.99)