REMAINS OF INNOCENCE
Remains of Innocence is a fast-paced mystery with one of the strongest female protagonists on the scene today. There is no doubt that Joanna can handle anything thrown at her. Liza is another interesting character, and this reviewer would like to see more of her past. The conclusion is unexpected, but makes perfect sense. It’s been gratifying to watch Joanna’s family grow and her daughter mature; this book is a nice payoff for longtime readers.
Liza Machett did not have an easy childhood growing up with her hoarder mother. However, Liza knows she must go see her mother while she is dying. While cleaning out the house, she comes across a stash of $100 bills hidden in every book and magazine. Liza knows this money can’t be legit, but she doesn’t realize how dangerous it could be. On the run for her life, Liza’s destination is Cochise County where Sheriff Joanna Brady is dealing with a murder that has hit too close to home. Joanna must figure out who is responsible but, in doing so, may just find a connection with Liza’s case. (WILLIAM MORROW, Jul., 400 pp., $26.99)