From Publishers Weekly
Cassidy Collins, a 16-year-old superstar who's one part Miley Cyrus and one part Britney Spears, fears for her life in Casey's enjoyable if uneven second mystery to feature Lt. Sarah Armstrong, one of only two female Texas Rangers (after 2008's Singularity
). When Argus, a creepy cyberstalker, gets way too personal before Cassidy's upcoming Texas concert tour, Sarah investigates, along with her estranged FBI profiler sweetie, David Garrity. Meanwhile, 36-year-old Elizabeth Cox, a Houston oil heiress, appears to have committed suicide. Elizabeth's sister, Faith, becomes convinced someone shot Elizabeth to death after Faith receives messages from her dead sister. Back home on the ranch, Sarah's daughter, Maggie, worries about her ill horse, who delivers a fragile foal. While Casey successfully taps into celebrity-obsessed culture as Sarah uncovers Cassidy's tragic roots, the less than compelling murder case dilutes the book's overall impact. (July)
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Billie Cox was an oil-company executive. She was young, rich, and living large, but she put a gun to her head and ended it all. Her sister, Faith, approaches Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong and insists it wasn’t suicide. Both the women were New Age dabblers, and Faith believes her sister is contacting her. Despite her admittedly suspect rationale, Armstrong, ever the pragmatist, agrees to take a cursory look. Meanwhile, Armstrong, just returning to work after the harrowing events related in Singularity (2008), is assigned the case of Cassidy Collins, a teen pop star being intimidated by an unknown stalker who threatens to kill her during one of her shows. Despite high-tech security, the stalker hacks into the sound system and delivers his threat to a packed house. The second entry in the Armstrong case file is a strong sequel to Singularity. Both plotlines are clever and carefully scripted. But it’s the evolving backstory of Armstrong and her daughter—coping with the death of Armstrong’s husband—that gives this series extra depth and offers the promise of something special. --Wes Lukowsky