It’s been five months since Special Agent Sydney Parnell survived a violent confrontation with a gang of brutal thugs, an encounter that left her physically and emotionally scarred. Deep down, Sydney fears she isn’t ready for another investigation. But when a woman is murdered on the train tracks and a child goes missing, she knows she’s the only one who can lead the hunt for the killer. While Denver police and the FBI chase down blind alleys, Sydney focuses on a single cryptic clue left behind at the crime scene—one that will send her down a path of greed, violence, and long-ago love.
With Denver beset by a series of monsoon like thunderstorms that threaten to flood the city, Sydney and her K9 partner, Clyde, must wade through a murky trail of murder that stretches back thirty years—all to rescue a child…and catch a killer with a long memory and an insatiable appetite for destruction.
DEAD STOP by Barbara Nickless is one hell of a twisted read full of taut drama, nail-biting tension, with a compelling plot that utterly blindsided me. But what sets this book apart from other murder-mysteries I’ve read of late, is it’s MC. Sydney Rose Parnell is the kind of character you not only root for the entire time, but is someone you can identify with and feel an affinity for because of her past … because of the baggage she carries.
Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:
- What are you currently Reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
So, what have I been up to this last week, I hear you ask? Well, let’s see …
What I’m currently reading:
I started In Plain Sight by Marion Todd and would (should) have finished it by now, but I got interrupted by the other half and was wrangled into building a set of Ikea book shelves, two days later … and In Plain Sight is only half finished. But still, this is an intriguing police procedural with an MC that’s shaping up to be someone of interest. This is the second in a series featuring DI Clare MacKay, and wonderfully set in Fife, Scotland.
What I recently finished:
If you follow this blog regularly then you’ll know I recently finished The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny, which was an outstanding read! One of her best, and certainly, one of the best crime fiction reads for the year, at least, for me it was.
What am I reading next:
Last week I was waiting on book mail that finally came that included my next read—the mystery thriller DEAD STOP by Barbara Nickless. This is the second book in her new series featuring Special Agent Sydney Parnell, a character I really enjoyed in book one, Blood on the Tracks. Not only can Nickless spin a thoroughly absorbing plot, but Sydney is a genuinely unique character both in depth and background.
And you, what are you currently reading, or planning on reading next?