Jance’s latest novel brings together two mysteries: one of a man well into his senior years, and one of a teenage boy. The focus on the bonds of family and friendship makes this story emotionally riveting. The mysteries are complex, and the characters of this series continue to be entertaining. The dual mysteries make this novel a real page-turner.
While in England, Ali Reynolds investigates the decades-old murder of her friend Leland’s father. At the same time, she looks into a brutal attack on a juvenile offender back in the U.S. The boy, who was incarcerated as the result of an earlier investigation by Ali’s fiancé and partner, B. Simpson, appears to have an enemy inside the detention center. Because the incident has been ruled accidental, the boy is in danger of becoming the victim of a second attack. (TOUCHSTONE, Feb., 320 pp., $25.99)