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Her Final Watch (A Detective Blanchette Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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A stripper/escort is murdered and Lily Blanchette is on the case. With a new partner, a new pregnancy, still dealing with the death of her husband, and an exasperating mother, Lily has her hands full. Add to that an involvement with the local mob, well, Lily will have to use all her skills to survive.
But there’s more to the story. Who has secrets that would be devastating or deadly if revealed? Well, pretty much everybody.
What a complex plot. The more I read, the more complex it seemed to become. Put a mystery in the middle of a soap opera.
Lily Blanchette: police detective, widow, pregnant, black (light skinned), black hair, brown eyes, father dead
Jeremiah Mills: police detective, black, 5’2”, trying to quit smoking
Ibee Walters: Assist D.A., bleached blonde
Evan York: police detective, blue eyes, dark hair
Diamond Reese: 27, strip club manager, long wavy brown hair
Several more including Lily’s mother and the mob guys-father and son.
All pretty well developed although I thought Walters would play a bit more of a role than she did. Each had distinctive character. Jeremiah comes across as a smart aleck at the beginning, which surprised me. Because of his history, I thought he might have been a bit more reserved. He comes around, though.
Not too bad. Good give and take, back and forth. Conversations flowed well. A little heat shown. I could have used a bit more emotion in some of the dialogue at times but everybody had his/her own voice.
One mistake that I caught in passing. Spelling error but otherwise clean.
Chapters headed by date and/or time.
I thought it was a well-developed story that didn’t end quite the way I thought. I won’t play spoiler, but not all ends well and tied up in a bow.
Complexities abound but the author handled them well. A cop and mobster story and the profanity was kept in check and not overused.
I don’t know what else to say. A strong story with good action and character development. A tidy mystery with other background info to keep it interesting and moving.
So, to rank. I thought about previous stories and the enjoyment factor and decided this one rated:
Much of the action drew out the tension and kept the suspense ongoing, making this a fast-paced and thrilling read from start to finish. I also thoroughly enjoyed the family dynamics and strains plaguing the main characters, which added depth and emotional understanding to so much of their individual decision-making.
Despite this being the second book in the series, I never felt that I was missing anything. In fact, the references and character development featured in this story to events that occurred previously piqued my curiosity enough that I plan on reading the first book in the near future. It would also be great to see the series continue on with additional cases.
This book is an absolute steal for your ebook library and highly recommended!
I definitely think that, Her Final Watch didn't lack any of the creativity and originality that made Promised Lies such an enjoyable book to read, which I immensely appreciated! It's really hard to keep the balance but, the story managed to do so perfectly, without losing sight of its authenticity. The characters developed so much throughout the sequel and we're once again faced with Lily's determination to solve a crime and handle everything that came her way like a pro. She proves, once again, how strong and honest she is, both as a person and as a detective. I was still a bit annoyed with her behavior at times but, nothing extreme that could overshadow the way things actually progressed or affect my feelings for the book itself.
Surprises never stopped coming and watching clues unfold the way they did was just fascinating. The vividness was there throughout the book and I was once again impressed with the author's way of thinking and how she handled this series! The complexity of the case blew my mind once again and I actually felt frustrated and cornered at times because I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was truly going on. A lot of revelations appear from nowhere in this novel as well so, be prepared!
Overall, Detective Blanchette is definitely a force to be reckoned with and I cannot recommend the books enough. Fans of Mystery will find the events that take place in both books thrilling and won't be able to put them down! The writing adds a nice fluidity to the story and the suspense is endless! Highly recommend!