KILLING ME SOFTLY
Shayne keeps things moving briskly, and the mystery at the core of the story is solid. However, the villain is much more interesting than either of the leads.
After a party celebrating his return to duty following a shooting, cop Bryan Kendall wakes up on his bathroom floor. A few minutes later, he finds the woman he’s been dating dead in his bed. The crime has similarities to the murders of the Nightcap Strangler, who recently died in prison. Bryan’s ex-girlfriend, Dawn Jones, hears the voices of the dead, but has chosen not to listen for the past five years. Helping Bryan prove his innocence is a powerful incentive for Dawn — especially given her resemblance to the dead women found in the strangler’s wake. (MIRA, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)