17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
No Jump the Shark here,
This review is from: Bloodlines (Irene Kelly Mysteries, No. 9) (Hardcover)
Usually when an author resorts to backstories long after a series has started it has the smell of a sitcom wedding or new baby, heralding the death of something that was once interesting or amusing. That is so not the case here. I won't retread the plot since that is done so nicely elsewhere in these reviews. But this book that goes into the background of Irene and her mentor O'Connor not only succeeds wonderfully, it takes what up to now has just been a plotline (O'Connor blown up, Irene taking over his desk, his rather nasty son who pops up from time to time) and turns it into a sort of heartache that most of these wonderful characters are long dead and gone. This is a book that if it is your first Irene Kelly read, I envy you. You can now start the series with emotional knowledge that will make the series more enjoyable than they originally were if that is possible.