NIGHTSHADE

Albert neatly wraps up a three-book arc within the China Bayles mystery series in this darkly dangerous tale of family secrets, murder and dirty politics. The story is riveting, with dark humor and a complicated plot. Albert has a smoothly revealing style, peeling back layers from beloved characters for a fresh perspective and allowing her characters to grow from book to book.

Business is going well for China, but she's still trying to come to terms with the discovery of her half-brother Miles and his hiring her husband, McQuaid, to investigate their father's death nearly 20 years before.

When Miles is murdered, leaving his small daughter orphaned, and new evidence shows that her father may have been the victim of a hit man, China decides it's time to deal with her past and find out what happened. As the investigation unfolds, the two discover that Miles kept many secrets and begin to wonder if his death had anything to do with the past ... or the present. (Berkley Prime Crime, Apr., 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper