Review: Dead Woman Crossing (Detective Kimberly King #1) by J. R. Adler

Haunted by the serial killer she never caught, Detective Kimberley King leaves her job in New York and relocates to the sleepy town of Dead Woman Crossing, Oklahoma. Kimberley hopes to bring her daughter Jessica up close to her family, far from the bad memories the city holds. But her quiet new home is not the peaceful place she dreamed of. Within days of her arrival, Kimberley is called to the scene of a terrible crime: her friend Hannah, a single mother, has been brutally murdered, her one-year-old daughter the only witness.

Kimberley can’t ignore the similarity of Hannah’s death to that of Katie James, a young woman who was murdered in 1905 on the banks of the same twisting creek. Dead Woman Crossing is named after her, and it seems someone is drawing inspiration from the crime. Could this killer be a copycat?

Teaming up with Sheriff Sam Walker, Kimberley struggles to make headway with Hannah’s murder. In a small town, people don’t talk to outsiders and Kimberley has a hard time gaining trust, even within her own family. Kimberley isn’t afraid to ask questions, but when she receives a threatening note, she realises that, as a single mother to a young daughter, she might be putting herself dangerously in the killer’s sights… 


Dead Woman Crossing is the first book in the Detective Kimberly King series. Kimberly is a former NYPD detective, an single mom, who relocates to a small town to take up the role of Chief Deputy in the Sheriff’s office. Soon after her arrival, Kimberly finds herself investigating a gruesome murder of a single mother with her one-year daughter as the only witness.

This was a fast-paced, well-plotted, suspenseful read. I liked Detective Kimberly and I love how she was introduced to readers. The author did such a wonderful job with setting the background and getting us invested in Kimberly and her move to Dead Woman Crossing. I also liked the small-town vibe although this yet another place I’d never want to move to lol.

This was an interesting case that was hard to crack due to the lack of evidence or any real suspects. I had a few guesses but I was dead wrong. The crime itself is one of the worst that I have ever encountered. I read a lot of books in this genre and have come across all types of baddies. However, the details of this murder make it one of the most gruesome and coldest one yet.

This is a great immersive, character-driven crime thriller with a great female lead and support characters. It also has an interesting setting and the perfect unpredictable, complex case. If you are looking for a new series to follow, I recommend this one.

9 thoughts on “Review: Dead Woman Crossing (Detective Kimberly King #1) by J. R. Adler

    1. Yes, they are. Its always interesting to see how the setting’s dynamics impact the mystery. Small towns are never short of drama.

      Thank you.

  1. You have got me adding another to my TBR Diana. I love the sound of this small town thriller. It always amazes me how many murders there are in small towns. Makes you want to live in a big city sometimes. Wonderful review Diana.

    1. I so agree. The small towns in thrillers especially have me convinced never to live there haha. They have the most bizarre crimes and people who are all up in each other’s business. Thank you.

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