An Intimate Murder by Stacy Verdick Case
When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murdered in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn't the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy. Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?
I locked eyes with her and wished, not for the first time in my life, that I had telekinetic abilities. If I had, I could mentally disembowel Jane Katts. That’s probably why God never blessed me with that particular gift.
“Hello Detective.” Jane Katts’ tone was overly pleasant. She must have trumped me in some way and now she’s was just waiting for me to concede the trick.
“Close the door behind you, O’Brien.” The chief rocked back in his chair and smiled.
There was nothing in his smile except pleasantry, which made me more nervous than the one Jane Katts had given me. A broad smile was so alien on the Chief’s face that I was certain that Jane Katts had managed to pull a switcheroo and replace the chief with a pod person of her own design; one who is not hard-edged and sand-papery as I have come to expect but instead soft, with as much grit as a nail file.
“I’m afraid there’s not enough chairs so one of you will have to stand.” The smiley version of our chief of police said.
I braced my feet a shoulder width apart and crossed my arms over my chest, I preferred to stand for whatever nasty surprise Jane Katts had in store for me.
Louise sat and introduced herself to Jane. They exchanged a handshake.
“Ms. Katts is the reporter who asked for the exclusive interview.”
He glossed over the detail about her being the reporter who had engaged in a calculated smear campaign against the department.
“She would like to change the angle of her story to get more of an inside view.” The chief’s eyes cut to my face and I saw a hint of the real chief behind whatever hoodoo Jane Katts had performed on him.
This book was a four star read to me because the story line was interesting and the characters were fantastic. The author really did more than scrape the top with the characters and I always feel like a book that lets me sink into the lives of the people involved is more fun to read than something superficial. She did a fantastic job with that.
I did see a lot of typos, but since that's to be expected in an advanced review copy, I didn't take off for that. Hopefully, those will be fixed with the release copy. The only other issue I had was that there were a few things with the forensic side of things that sounded off to me. I checked with a police officer friend and he felt they sounded off, too, but I didn't research them further. If you bypass some of that, the intriguing story line and the characters can really carry off the book and make it an enjoyable read.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.
Stacy has written all her life earning a High School Writer Award and a Daphne Du Mauier Award for excellence in Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.
Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband of twenty-years, her five-year-old daughter, and their two cats.
An Intimate Murder is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series.
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