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The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

The Night Season

Reviewed by Gina Metz

The Night Season is the fourth in Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan series. The city of Portland is right in the middle of a disaster in The Night Season. The Willamette River is flooding and the citizens are busy sandbagging trying to save what they can.

Several people appear to have drowned in the flooding but when a fourth person is hanging on by a thread it becomes apparent that the first three were murders. Now Archie is on the trail of another serial killer with the help of his task force. Their task is not easy since the victims were thrown into the Willamette and the evidence they need to catch the killer may have all washed away.

Reporter Susan Ward is busy trying to chase the serial killer story with Archie but also following up on the story of an old skeleton that was unearthed in the flooding. She believes he drowned in a flooding over sixty years ago when the city of Vanport was washed away and at least fifteen people were killed.

Susan is working closely with Archie again. Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, is safely locked away in jail during this book so Archie’s personal life has calmed down a bit. However, the serial killer they are now chasing is very dangerous and you wonder as you read if Archie, Susan and his team will survive this one.

Negative Image by Vicki Delany

Negative ImageReviewed by Patric Reid

Rudolph Steiner is a famed photographer whose career is sliding downhill. When Steiner visits Trafalgar in British Columbia along with his wife Josie and his assistant Diane Barton, life suddenly becomes unsettled for Constable Molly Smith.

Steiner’s body is discovered in the bathroom of his hotel room. Investigation proves that Eliza Winters was a visitor to Steiner’s room just before the murder. Eliza is the wife of John Winters, Molly’s boss and mentor. Eliza is a model and formerly worked with Steiner. Eliza becomes a suspect in the murder and her husband is banned from the investigation.

There have been a series of breaking and entering in Trafalgar and no suspects have been discovered. Since Winters can’t be involved in the murder investigation, he decides to devote his time to solving the breaking and entering crimes. Winters enlists Molly to do a door-to-door investigation of the neighborhoods where the crimes occurred.

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Started Early, Took My DogReviewed by Patricia Reid

Reading Started Early, Took My Dog is a little like working a giant, complicated jigsaw puzzle. There is a neglected dog who finds a home and a neglected child who finds a new mother.

Jackson Brodie, private investigator, is on a mission to find the biological parents of his client, Hope Masters, who was adopted and moved with her new parents to New Zealand when she was a child. Brodie picks up a dog named The Ambassador when he catches the dog’s owner mistreating the dog. Jackson saves the dog and The Ambassador travels with Brodie as Brodie works to discover what happened in Hope’s past and how her adoption came about.

Matilda Squires, whose nickname is Tilly, plays the mother of Collier, the star of a popular TV series. Tilly is in the early stages of dementia and is about to be killed off on the TV show. Just where Tilly fits into the puzzle is a little difficult to figure out but Tilly is a likeable character.