Friday, April 30, 2010


Homicide detectives Jake and Frank are being punished and are banished to animal control for a month after an unfortunate accident when a previous murder suspect met his demise. Chasing a feral cat into the old Sin Strip Ember Hotel they make a grisly discovery of a mummified body. Before calling the police department Jake brings in Sam to evaluate the crime scene. Sam is now working as a PI after leaving Chasen Heights PD .

Sam's nemesis Police Chief Murphy is running for mayor but as the investigation advances all the evidence points to the Chief as the main suspect. Is it a political set-up or did the Chief have hidden secrets from the Sin Strip era? Forced to defend himself he's left with no choice but to turn to Sam to try and save his political career as well as prove his innocence. But will she?

The 5th book in Tooley's Sam Casey series lives up to previous outings. Fast pacing, witty dialogue and an intriguing mix of paranormal with mystery. My one quibble was not enough time spent with Abby and Alex, rightly so since the story didn't support their character interaction. As always Tooley's writing is an appealing mix of eccentric characters and subplots. A must for fans.
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