As a cop on the night shift in Hopewell Falls, New York, June Lyons drives drunks home and picks up the doughnuts. A former FBI agent, she left the Bureau when her husband died, and now she and her young daughter are back in upstate New York, living with her father, the town's retired chief of police.
When June discovers a young woman's body impaled on an ice shear in the frozen Mohawk River, news of the murder spreads fast; the dead girl was the daughter of a powerful local congresswoman, and her troubled youth kept the gossips busy.
Though June was born and raised in Hopewell Falls, the local police see her as an interloper -resentment that explodes in anger when the FBI arrive and deputize her to work on the murder investigation. But June may not find allies among the feds. The agent heading the case is someone from her past - someone she isn't sure she can trust.
As June digs deeper, her already tumultuous murder case turns red-hot when it leads to a notorious biker gang and a meth lab hidden in plain sight - and an unmistakable sign that the river murder won't be the last.
This book really took me by surprise. I was 10 pages from the end, and was enjoying a good m/s/t, when BOOM!, my emotions took over. I didn't even realize I was that caught up in June and her compatriots...but I was. If I had any question about reading book 2 in the June Lyons series, the last 10 pages answered that for me. In fact, book 2, Flame Out, was published May, 2015, and is available on Amazon in print and ebook formats.
If you want to see M.P. in person, she will be coming to the RBC on Wednesday, September 28, at Recycle Books in Campbell. I'm looking forward to seeing her.
QUEEN SUGAR REVIEW: If you have access to The Eye in the Mercury News, take a look at yesterday's review by their TV critic, Chuck Barney. He had a little trouble with the 1st couple of episodes. But then he said it took off. Just a reminder - episodes 1 & 2 are coming up next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6 & 7, on the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).